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Arch GA 50.15

Lombard, George F. F. (George Francis Fabyan), 1911-. George F. F. Lombard Papers, 1941-1995: A Finding Aid

Baker Library Historical Collections, Harvard Business School, Harvard University


Harvard Business School, Boston MA 02163.

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Descriptive Summary

Call No.: Arch GA 50.15
Repository: Baker Library Historical Collections, Harvard Business School, Harvard University
Creator: George F.F. Lombard
Title: George F.F. Lombard papers
Date(s): 1941-1995
Quantity: 41 linear feet (70 boxes)
Language of materials: English
Abstract: This collection includes the teaching and research materials of Harvard Business School professor George F.F. Lombard. Types of materials contained in the collection are correspondence, conference papers, administrative records, and teaching and research materials.


Donations of George F.F. Lombard (A90-05; A-91-45; A-02-02). Records for other accessions are unclear.

Processing Information:

By: Original processing by Jeff Mifflin; integration of later accessions by Carole Foster. Collection arrangement and finding aid completely revised by Tim Driscoll, Lisa Moorhead, and Kim Reynolds, September 2003-September 2004.

Conditions Governing Access:

Appointment necessary to consult collection.
In accordance with Harvard University policy, administrative records are restricted for 50 years and student records for 80 years. Information on restricted materials in this finding aid has been redacted.

Preferred Citation:

Cite as: George F.F. Lombard Papers, Harvard Business School Archives, Baker Library, Harvard Business School.

Separated Materials

Books removed to Harvard Business School Archives Print Collection:

Biographical Note:

George F.F. Lombard was born in 1911 in Newton, Massachusetts. He attended the Rivers School and Milton Academy. He received an BA from Harvard College in 1933. He earned an MBA (1935) and a PhD in Commercial Science (1942) from Harvard Business School. He received an honorary DBA from the Instituto Centroamericano de Administracion de Empresas (INCAE), Nicaragua in 1977.
Lombard started his professional career at Harvard Business School as Assistant Dean in 1936. He served in this position until 1940 when he joined the faculty as Instructor in Industrial Research. He advanced to Assistant Professor of Industrial Research in 1942, to Associate Professor of Human Relations in 1946, and to Professor of Human Relations in 1952. He became Associate Dean for Educational Programs in 1962 and was appointed Louis E. Kirstein Professor of Human Relations in 1965. Lombard became Senior Associate Dean for Educational Affairs in 1967 and Senior Associate Dean in 1974. He retired from Harvard Business School in 1977. Professor Lombard died in Weston, Massachusetts on June 17, 2004.
Lombard's teaching and research interests focused on Human Relations and Organizational Behavior. He taught courses at both Harvard College and Harvard Business School. Lombard, however, left his stamp on the Business School in his role as an administrator. He provided crucial advice on educational activities, staffing, and faculty assignments. He supervised the Appointments Committee and salary administration, and he played an important role in developing international educational activities.
Lombard is the author of numerous articles and books, including Behavior in a Selling Group: A Case Study of Interpersonal Relations in a Department Store; Interpersonal Behavior and Administration; and Sons of the Machine (co-authored by Charles H. Savage).
He participated in the governance of numerous national and local committees and organizations, including the subcommittee on rehabilitation of the National Research Council's Committee on Work in Industry, 1944-1945; Office of Naval Research, 1946-1952; the study committee of the Department of Church and Economic Life and Work, National Council of Churches; Boston YMCA, 1948-1955; and as Director of the Weston Forest and Trail Association, 1955-1961.

Series Outline

The collection is arranged in the following series:

Scope and Content Note:

The office files of George F.F. Lombard cover his activities as administrator, professor, and researcher at Harvard Business School from 1937-1995. Documentation includes correspondence, minutes, research materials, teaching materials, conference papers, articles, and administrative materials. Professor Lombard's papers are organized into seven series (Correspondence; Teaching Records; Research and Writing Records; Outreach and External Activities; Audio-Visual and Oversized; Harvard University Administrative and Program Records; Personal and Student Information.)
Records found in Series I-IV relating to official non-teaching Harvard University activities, administration, and planning have been removed from these series into a special closed series in observance of Harvard University records management and access policies. Records relating to personnel matters, student advising and any records with confidential content were removed to a second special closed series in observance of Harvard University regulations regarding access to personal information of its students and employees.

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