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COLLECTION Identifier: Mss:851 1962-1970 R318

Fritz Redlich papers


This collection holds drafts of Fritz Redlich's publications, citations, and letters to Redlich.


  • 1910-1970


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Collection is open for research. Materials stored onsite. Please contact for more information regarding access procedures.


1.75 linear feet (4 boxes)
This collection contains personal and professional materials of Fritz Redlich between 1910-1970 with the bulk between 1962 and 1970. The personal materials consists of letters to Redlich on the occasion of his 70th birthday from friends and colleagues. The letters are in both German and English. The letters were given to Redlich during his birthday dinner on April 7, 1962. Guest lists and dinner plans are included and were organized by his friend Muriel Hidy. Student lampoons in German from Redlich’s high school which mention him are also in the collection.

The professional materials include manuscripts for two of Redlich’s publications: “The Decay and Demise of Military Entrepreneurship 1650-1800” and “The German Military Enterpriser and His Work Force”. There is also a personal card catalog of citations used in Redlich’s publications and correspondence with the German publishing house, Franz Steiner Verlag.

Biographical / Historical

Fritz Leonhard Redlich was born in 1892 and graduated from the University of Berlin with his PhD in economics in 1914. He voluntarily served in the German army during World War I, and after the war worked in his family’s business, Hugo Fuerst & Co., which manufactured glycerin and imported raw drugs.

In 1950, Arthur H. Cole, Executive Director of the Harvard University Research Center in Entrepreneurial History and the Librarian of Baker Library, Harvard Business School (HBS), invited Redlich to be a senior associate at the Research Center where he stayed until 1958. Fritz Redlich’s research focused on economic history, but also included military, labor, and social history (such as his study, The German Military Enterpriser and His Workforce, 1964). Redlich used the Kress Collections in Economic History and Philosophy at Baker Library extensively for his research and publications. In addition he offered advice on book purchasing and promoted the Kress Collection. Redlich died on October 21, 1978.

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Immediate Source of Acquisition

The Fritz Redlich papers were received by Baker Library Special Collections as a donation.

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Processed: May 2019 By:Elise Riley
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Part of the Baker Library Special Collections, Harvard Business School, Harvard University Repository

Baker Library Special Collections holds unique resources that focus on the evolution of business and industry, as well as the records of the Harvard Business School, documenting the institution's development over the last century. These rich and varied collections support research in a diverse range of fields such as business, economic, social and cultural history as well as the history of science and technology.

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