Harvard-Radcliffe Program in Business Administration Records, 1938-1997 (inclusive):
A Finding Aid
Baker Library Special Collections, Harvard Business School, Harvard University
Harvard Business School, Boston MA 02163.
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Call No.: Arch E73.10B
Repository: Baker Library Special Collections, Harvard Business School, Harvard University
Title: Harvard-Radcliffe Program in Business Administration Records
Date(s): 1938-1997 (inclusive)
Quantity: 2.5 linear feet (6 boxes)
Language of materials: English
Abstract: The collection contains records of the Harvard-Radcliffe Program in Business Administration.
Processed: October 2005; June 2005
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Cite as: Harvard-Radcliffe Program in Business Administration Records. HBS Archives.
Baker Library Historical Collections. Harvard Business School.
The Harvard-Radcliffe Program in Business Administration was established in 1938 under
the name: Training Course in Personnel Administration. The program was designed with
the purpose of enabling women to enter positions in human resource departments. The
eleven-month program was a great success, combining academic courses with practical
The success of the program, initially established by its first director Edith G.
Stedman, was carried on by Anne Hood Harken, who in 1941 became the next director
of the program. Harken was present for many changes within the program, specifically
its curriculum. In 1942, a committee which included members of Harvard Business School
was appointed to evaluate the program. After some deliberation, the committee recommended
that an increase in class size and an alteration to the program's curriculum was necessary
to emphasize work in industrial and government organizations. As a result of this
decision the program was renamed in 1944 to Management Training Program in order to
emphasize the broader value of educating for management positions.
The continuing success of the program was reflected by a significant, yet brief,
post-war enrollment boom. By 1951, the number of students enrolled in the program
began to decrease causing great instability in the program's financial future. The
end result of the instability was the decision made by the President and Council of
the Radcliffe College to discontinue the program. However, when Harvard Business School
was made aware of the decision the school decided to intervene.
Harvard Business School worked out a joint administrative agreement with Radcliffe
College to continue the program by formally assuming direction of the educational
policy. The agreement also outlined that Harvard Business School would absorb a portion
of the financial cost in order to continue the program. The partnership between the
two schools was further emphasized when, in 1955, the Radcliffe Management Training
Program was renamed the Harvard-Radcliffe Program in Business Administration.
In 1959, the faculty of Harvard Business School voted to admit qualified graduates
of the Harvard-Radcliffe Program in Business Administration into the second year MBA
program at Harvard Business School. On January 16, 1963 the termination of the Harvard
Radcliffe Program in Business Administration was announced and became effective in
June of 1963. At the same time, Harvard Business School faculty voted to admit women
directly into the full MBA program.
The collection is arranged in the following series:
- Series I. Administrative, 1938-1987
- ___Subseries A. Admission, 1945-1962
- ___Subseries B. Catalogues, 1940-1964
- ___Subseries C. Employment, 1938-1963
- ___Subseries D. Events, 1941-1987
- ___Subseries E. Reports, Meetings, and Memos 1945-1963
- Series II. Fieldwork, 1959-1961
- Series III. Publicity, 1938-1964
- Series IV. Newsletters, 1946-1997
The Harvard-Radcliffe Program in Business Administration records reflect the development
and growth of the program. The records cover a period of sixty years from the inception
of the program in 1937 through its 1997 reunion. The collection is divided into four
series: Administrative, Fieldwork, Publicity and Newsletters.
The first series documents the administrative activities of the program including:
admission, catalogues, employment, events, meeting minutes, memos, and reports. The
second series documents the fieldwork components of the HRPBA. Series number three
represents publicity and advertisement efforts of the program. Series number four,
is composed of newsletters which were issued yearly by the program administration.
- Series I. Administrative, 1938-1987
Scope and Contents: The series documents the administrative practices of the Harvard-Radcliffe Program
in Business Administration and its earlier iterations as the Training Course in Personnel
Administration and Management Training Program. The administration of the program
is reflected in five sub-series. The sub-series provide information regarding the
admissions process, curriculum and its amendments, course catalogues, employment opportunities
for HRPBA graduates, program events and conferences, meeting minutes, memos and reports.
- Subseries A. Admission and Curriculum, 1945-1962
Scope and Contents: The subseries contains information regarding the proposed curriculum for the program.
In addition, it documents the amendment to the curriculum, particularly for the 1945
and 1946 Fall and Spring sessions. Lastly, it contains information regarding the educational
background, work experience, and geographical location of the program alumnae.
- Box 1, Folder 1Curriculum, 1945-1957
- Box 1, Folder 2Loans, 1961
- Box 1, Folder 3Students and Alumnae, 1941-1962
- Subseries B. Course Catalogues, 1940-1964
Scope and Contents: The subseries is composed of the course catalogues of the Harvard-Radcliffe Program
in Business Administration, Training Course in Personnel Administration and Management
Training Program . Each course catalogue provides information regarding the program
sessions for each academic year including: program description, academic calendar,
courses offered, professors, field work, requirements for admissions, fellowships,
tuition fee, registration, credits and certificates, and living arrangements.
- Box 1, Folder 4Course Catalogue, 1940-1941
- Box 1, Folder 5Course Catalogue, 1941-1942
- Box 1, Folder 6Course Catalogue, 1942-1943
- Box 1, Folder 7Course Catalogue, 1943-1944
- Box 1, Folder 8Course Catalogue, 1944-1945
- Box 1, Folder 9Course Catalogue, 1945-1946
- Box 1, Folder 10Course Catalogue, 1946-1947
- Box 1, Folder 11Course Catalogue, 1947-1948
- Box 1, Folder 12Course Catalogue, 1948-1949
- Box 1, Folder 13Course Catalogue, 1949-1950
- Box 1, Folder 14Course Catalogue, 1950-1951
- Box 1, Folder 15Course Catalogue, 1952-1953
- Box 1, Folder 16Course Catalogue, 1953-1954
- Box 2, Folder 1Course Catalogue, 1954-1955
- Box 2, Folder 2Course Catalogue, 1955-1956
- Box 2, Folder 3Course Catalogue, 1956-1957
- Box 2, Folder 4Course Catalogue, 1957
- Box 2, Folder 5Course Catalogue, 1958
- Box 2, Folder 6Course Catalogue, 1959-1960
- Box 2, Folder 7Course Catalogue, 1960-1961
- Box 2, Folder 8Course Catalogue, 1961-1962
- Box 2, Folder 9Course Catalogue, 1962-1963
- Box 2, Folder 10Course Catalogue, 1963-1964
- Subseries D. Events, 1941-1987
Scope and Contents: The subseries documents various events that took place between 1941-1987. The events
include: conferences, workshops, reunion programs, and anniversary celebrations.
- Box 3, Folder 11Alumnae Conference, 1959-1962
- Box 3, Folder 12AMA Workshop and Orientation Seminars, September 1955 - January 1956
- Box 3, Folder 13Eastern College Personnel officers Conference, 1955-1957
- Box 3, Folder 14June Conference, The, 1941-1955
- Box 3, Folder 15October Reunion, The, (PBA's 50th), 1987
- Box 3, Folder 16"Some Human Problems of Administration"-Annual Winter Program, February-April 1950
- Box 3, Folder 17Twenty-Fifth Anniversary Conference, 1963
- Subseries E. Reports, Meetings, and Memos, 1945-1963
Scope and Contents: The last subseries is composed of program reports. These include: annual reports,
report of the Radcliffe Committee on the Management Training Program, and the Twenty-Fifth
Anniversary reports. It also includes meeting minutes, and memos of the program administration.
- Box 4, Folder 1Annual Reports, 1945-1952
- Box 4, Folder 2Meeting Minutes, 1951-1962
- Box 4, Folder 3Memos, circa 1962
- Box 4, Folder 4Report of the Radcliffe Committee on the Management Training Program, June 1952
- Box 4, Folder 5Twenty-Fifth Anniversary Report, circa 1963
- Series III. Publicity, 1938-1964
Scope and Contents: The series contains information regarding publicity efforts done by and for the program.
The information includes various types of advertisements, articles, notices regarding
fellowships and a yearbook of the program. Additionally, the series also includes
a short history of the program composed by Ragnhild Roberts, who was the associate
director of the program post World War II.
- Box 4, Folder 11Articles, 1952-1963
- Box 4, Folder 12-13Brochures, circa 1950-1961
- Box 5, Folder 1Fellowship, 1952-1954
- Box 5, Folder 3Newspaper Clippings, 1938-1963
- Box 5, Folder 4Posters, 1953-1961
- Box 5, Folder 5Yearbook, 1949