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COLLECTION Identifier: Arch GA 53

Robert L. Masson papers

Scope and Contents

The Robert L. Masson papers consist of correspondence, case research, newspaper clippings, lectures, speeches, class preparation materials, and research project notes. Masson's correspondence dates from the 1935 to 1960 and includes letters written to HBS colleagues, professors at peer institutions, and company executives regarding general finance topics and his research projects. Some of the class preparation materials date from his time as a professor at the University of Michigan.

The bulk of the material includes reports, plans, financial materials, and correspondence related to his research project on the recapitalization and reorganization of the Boston and Maine Railroad, which later became his published book, "New Shares For Old; The Boston and Maine Stock Modification".


  • Creation: 1913-1962


Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research. Materials stored offsite; access requires advance notice. HBS Archives collections require a secondary registration form, please contact for more information.


5.5 linear feet (3 cartons, 2 boxes)

Biographical / Historical

Harvard Business School Professor of Finance, Robert L. Masson was an authority on railroad finance. Masson was born in Iowa in 1891. He and received his AB (1912) and MA (1915) from Iowa State University and an MA from Harvard University (1916). He taught finance at the University of Michigan from 1923-1929, when he was appointed associate professor of finance at HBS. Masson helped develop and launch the Advanced Management Program in the 1940s. He retired from active faculty to professor emeritus in 1958.

Physical Location


Baker Library
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Repository Details

Part of the Baker Library Special Collections and Archives, Harvard Business School Repository

Baker Library Special Collections and Archives 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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