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Arch GA 80.20

Smith, George Albert, 1905-1969. George Albert Smith Papers, 1935-1969: A Finding Aid

Baker Library, Harvard Business School


Historical Collections Department, Baker Library, Harvard Business School
September 2006

© 2006 President and Fellows of Harvard College

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Baker Library, Harvard Business School
Call No.: Arch GA 80.20
Creator: George Albert Smith
Title: George Albert Smith papers, 1935-1969
Quantity: 6.0 linear feet (12 boxes)
Abstract: The collection consists of professional papers of Harvard Business School professor, George Albert Smith kept, 1935-1969. Includes teaching, consulting and administrative records, as well as writings and speeches.

Processing Information:

Processed: September 2006
By: Dominique Tremblay, Zachary Violette, and Rachel Wise.

Access Restrictions:

Appointment necessary to consult collection.

Terms of Use:

Access to Harvard Business School administrative records is restricted for 50 years after the date of creation; access to Harvard Business School student records is restricted for 80 years after the date of creation.

Preferred Citation:

Cite as: George A. Smith Papers, Harvard Business School Archives, Baker Library, Harvard Business School.

Biographical Note

George Albert Smith, Jr., a minister, professor and father, was born in Utah in 1905. He attended the Parkfield School in England before earning his A.B. with high honors from the University of Utah in 1926. Smith then came to Harvard where he was awarded an MBA in 1934 and a DCS. in 1937.
He joined the Harvard Business School faculty in 1934 where he taught courses in business policy, administrative practices and the responsibility of business in American society. Smith served as Assistant Dean from 1939-1945 and, in 1945, became Professor of Business Administration, a position he held until his unexpected death in 1969.
Smith held many visiting professorships during this period including stints at Yale Law School, Stanford University Graduate School of Business, the Institut pour l'étude des méthodes de direction de l'entreprise (IMEDE) in Lausanne, Switzerland and at the Advanced Management Program at the University of Hawaii. Smith also was very active in the Church of Latter Day Saints, serving as missionary and administrative officer in the Church in Basel, Switzerland from 1926-1929.
In addition to his many teaching responsibilities, Smith worked as a consultant for several institutions and offices, including the U.S. Navy, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation and Secretary of Commerce, Luther H. Hodges. During World War II, Smith served as Assistant Director of the Special Navy Supply Corps. His research focused on the social responsibilities of business leaders, an issue he was working on at the time of his death. He was the author of three books: Policy Formulation and Administration (1951), Managing Geographically Decentralized Companies (1958), and Business, Society, and the Individual (1962).

Scope and Content Note:

The George Albert Smith papers document Smith's work as a professor and administrator at Harvard Business School in addition to his work as visiting professor, consultant and minister in the Church of Latter Day Saints. Materials include correspondence, publications, articles, newsletters, course materials, student reports, meeting minutes, press releases and memorandums. Organizations and institutions represented in this collection include the U.S. Commerce Department, Danforth Foundation, Church of Latter Day Saints, Harvard Business School, Brigham Young University, University of Utah, University of Hawaii, Utah Savings and Trust Company, Continental Oil Company and the Institut pour l'étude des méthodes de direction de l'entreprise (IMEDE) in Lausanne, Switzerland.
Series Outline
The collection is organized into four series:
Note: some teaching and consulting records may also be found in Series I: Correspondence and Subject Files.

Detailed Description of the Collection

Additional catalog entries

The following catalog entries represent persons, organizations, and topics documented in this collection. An entry for each appears in the Harvard On Line Library Information System (HOLLIS) and other automated bibliographic databases. THIS IS NOT AN INDEX.
Brigham Young University.
Business education.
Business-- History.
Continental Oil Company.
Harvard University. Graduate School of Business Administration--Faculty.
IMEDE (Institute).
Mormon Church.
United States. Dept. of Commerce
University of Hawaii (Honolulu)
University of Utah.