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Arch GA 16

David, Donald Kirk, 1896-. Donald K. David Papers, 1928-1960: A Finding Aid

Baker Library Special Collections, Harvard Business School, Harvard University


Harvard Business School, Boston MA 02163.

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Descriptive Summary

Call No.: Arch GA 16
Repository: Baker Library Special Collections, Harvard Business School, Harvard University
Creator: Donald K. David
Title: Donald K. David papers
Date(s): 1928-1960
Quantity: 13.5 linear feet (27 boxes, 1 volume)
Language of materials: English
Abstract: Consulting records, subject files, and correspondence of Donald K. David, Harvard Business School professor and Dean.

Processing Information:

Processed: November 2006
By: Dominique Tremblay

Conditions Governing Access:

Appointment necessary to consult collection.

Preferred Citation:

Cite as: Donald K. David Papers, Archives, Baker Library, Harvard Business School.

Related Material:

For material related to Donald K. David's consulting work with R.H. Macy and Company see the R.H. Macy and Company Collection finding aid available in the de Gaspé Beaubien Reading Room.
For records related to Donald K. David's tenure as Dean of the Harvard Business School see the Harvard University Graduate School of Business Administration Office of the Dean Records (Call number Arch AA 1).

Biographical Note:

Donald K. David, a native of Moscow, Idaho, was born in 1896. A 1916 graduate of the University of Idaho, he enrolled in the Harvard Business School MBA program in 1917 and was hired by the Harvard Business School research staff upon graduation in 1919. He joined the School's teaching faculty soon thereafter as a marketing professor, helping to design the Retail Store Management course. David was promoted to Associate Professor of Marketing in 1926 and began participating in various administrative efforts within the school.
In 1927, at the insistence of his close friend and company founder, William Ziegler, David moved to New York City to assume the Vice Presidency of Royal Baking Powder Company. In 1932, Royal Baking Powder Company merged with Standard Foods and David was elected President of American Maize Company, a position he held until 1941. During this same year, he was appointed the William Ziegler Professor of Business Administration at Harvard Business School, a position he had convinced Ziegler to fund in 1927. In 1941, David accepted the position of Assistant Dean under Dean Wallace Donham and he was appointed Dean upon Donham's retirement.
In addition to his duties at Harvard Business School, David worked as a consultant with many different companies, foundations and government committees. He served as an executive of Aluminum Limited, American Maize Products Company, the Federal Reserve Bank, Ford Motor Company, General Electric Company and Standard Brands. He was also on the boards of several foundations such as the Ford Foundation, the Rockefeller Institute for Medical Research and the Whitewall Foundation. Donald K. David was also a member of the Advisory Council for the Office of Civilian Requirements, a committee within the War Production Board and member of the Committee for Economic Development, for which he coauthored the paper, "How Big Will Our Post-War Markets Be?"
David retired as Dean of Harvard Business School in 1955.

Series Outline

The collection is arranged in the following series:

Scope and Content Note:

The Donald K. David Papers, 1928-1960, document his work in private industry and as a professor and Dean of Harvard Business School. The bulk of the collection reflects David's extensive work outside the school as president and executive of various corporations such as Aluminum Limited Corporation, General Electric, Ford Motor Company, American Maize Products Company and Standard Brands. The Consulting series consists mostly of correspondence, company reports, meeting minutes and financial information. Also included in this series are materials related to David's work with various government committees such as the Committee for Economic Development and the Office of Civilian Requirements.
Although very few of David's teaching files and administrative files remain, the speeches and writings in this collection are mostly from David's time as Dean at the Harvard Business School. They are an excellent reflection of David's thoughts and work as an executive, administrator and scholar. The subject files and personal correspondence in this collection generally retain David's original order and contain mostly information regarding David's property at Cape Cod, Massachusetts and personal correspondence with his friends and family.

Container List

Additional Index Terms

Business education.
Aluminum Limited.
American Maize-Products Company.
Committee for Economic Development.
General Electric Company.
Ford Motor Company.
Harvard University. Graduate School of Business Administration--Administration
Harvard University. Graduate School of Business Administration--Faculty.
Standard Brands Incorporated.