Mss:78 1924-1946 M158
McKittrick, Thomas Harrington, 1889-1970. Thomas Harrington McKittrick Papers, 1924-1946
(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.: Mss:78 1924-1946 M158
Repository: Baker Library Special Collections, Harvard Business School, Harvard University
Creator: McKittrick, Thomas Harrington, 1889-1970.
Title: Thomas Harrington McKittrick papers
Quantity: 16 linear feet (3 volumes, 5 boxes, 8 cartons)
Language of materials: English
Abstract: Chiefly papers relating to the Bank for International Settlements. Includes correspondence,
files of Central Banks, monthly and quarterly reports, and statements. There are also
earlier files relating to McKittrick's years with Lee, Higginson as well as some personal
Gift of Marjorie Benson McKittrick, 1969
This collection is open for research.
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Collection is available on microfilm (28 reels, 35 mm.) from Historical Collections,
Baker Library. Order no. 97-1957.
Cite as: Thomas Harrington McKittrick Collection. Baker Library. Harvard Business
American-born banker Thomas Harrington McKittrick (1889-1970) spent the greater part of his professional life in Europe. He is noted
for serving as president of the Switzerland-based Bank for International Settlements throughout World War II.
Harrington was born in St. Louis, the son of Thomas Harrington and Hildegarde Sterling
McKittrick. Graduating from Harvard in 1911, he began his banking career in St. Louis.
He joined the National City Bank of New York in 1916, assigned to assist in opening
a branch of the bank in Genoa. After service with the American Expeditionary Force
in Europe (1918-1919) McKittrick spent two years in the New York office of Lee, Higginson & Company. In 1922 he transferred to Lee, Higginson's London affiliate, Higginson & Company,
becoming a partner in 1924. Higginson & Company shut down most of its operations in
1939, ending McKittrick's association with the firm. Later that year he was elected
president of the Bank for International Settlements in Basle, remaining in that position
The Bank for International Settlements, founded in 1930, is a central banking institution,
owned and controlled by the central banks of a number of industrialized nations. It's
primary purposes are, according to Article 3 of its original Statutes, "to promote
the co-operation of central banks and to provide additional facilities for international
On leaving the B.I.S. in 1946, McKittrick joined The Chase National Bank in New York, where he remained until his "retirement" in 1954. Later he traveled
to India for the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development as well as
becoming president and chairman of the Continental American Fund Incorporated until
reaching the mandatory retirement age of 70 in 1959.
McKittrick married Marjorie Benson in 1921. They had four children: Marjorie Sterling,
Elisabeth Benson, Mary and Frances Anne.
The collection is arranged in the following series:
- Series 1. Personal papers, 1924-1954
- ___Subseries 1.1 Financial records, 1924-1946
- ___Subseries 1.2 Family papers, 1932-1946
- ___Subseries 1.3 General papers, 1938-1954
- Series 2. Business papers, 1924-ca. 1950
- ___Subseries 2.1 Correspondence, 1924-1949
- ___Subseries 2.2 Subject files, 1931-1946
- ___Subseries 2.3 Writings, printed material and photographs, 1930-ca. 1950
The largest part of this collection consists of correspondence and subject files relating
to McKittrick's time as president of the Bank for International Settlements. The collection
also includes correspondence covering his years with Higginson and Company. There
are also personal financial records as well as family correspondence.
The correspondence has been kept in its original order and falls into three categories.
The first is "family", which concerns personal matters exclusively and is part of
Series 1, Personal Papers. "Business and personal," covers a variety of subjects.
An example of this would be an exchange of letters with a business associate of McKittrick's
that not only discusses banking matters but congratulates the associate on the birth
of a son. The third category is "business," which contains correspondence that pertains
only to business topics.
A small amount of material is, because of its size, housed separately at the end of
the collection. Those folders so noted in the container list.
- Series 1. Personal papers, 1924-1954
- Subseries 1.1 Financial records, 1924-1946
Scope and Contents: This subseries contains personal and family financial records. Material includes insurance
records, tax information and information about McKittrick's house in England and the
leasing of it during World War II. Also included are records of contributions and
subscriptions made by McKittrick in the 1940s. The material is arranged chronologically
within the subject.
- Volume 1Account Book, April 1941-December 1942
- Volume 2Account Book, December 1942-April 1944
- Volume 3Account Book, April 1944-September 1945
- Carton 4, Folder 1Bankkonten un postcheck, 1939-1942
- Carton 4, Folder 2Taxes, insurance, 1924-1932
- Carton 4, Folder 3-6Personal insurance, 1929-1931
- Carton 4, Folder 7Life insurance trust, 1932-1935
- Carton 4, Folder 8Life insurance trust, Fiduciary Trust Co., 1932-1939
- Carton 4, Folder 9-10Insurance, 1930-1933
- Box 14, Folder 1, Insurance companies, miscellaneous, 1940-1946 (Materials moved from Carton 4, f.11)
- Box 14, Folder 2, Fiduciary Trust Company, 1940-1946 (Materials moved from Carton 4, f.12)
- Carton 4, Folder 13Children's trust, 1934-1936
- Carton 4, Folder 14Children's trust, 1934-1939
- Carton 4, Folder 15Guaranty Trust Co., 1940-1943
- Carton 4, Folder 16Guaranty Trust Co., 1944-1946
- Carton 4, Folder 17American taxes, 1930-1938
- Carton 4, Folder 18British taxes, 1940-1946
- Carton 4, Folder 19Swiss taxes, 1940-1945
- Carton 4, Folder 20Legal documents, 1939
- Carton 4, Folder 21Deloitte, Plender, Griffiths and Co., 1940-1946
- Carton 4, Folder 22Hawson F. Devitt and Son Ltd., 1940-1946
- Carton 4, Folder 23A.G. King, 1940-1946
- Carton 4, Folder 24Dyneley Luker and Moore, 1945-1946
- Carton 4, Folder 25P.J. May, 1940-1945
- Carton 4, Folder 26-29Subscriptions and contributions, 1940-1945
- Subseries 1.2 Family papers, 1932-1946
Scope and Contents: This subseries includes correspondence by various members of the McKittrick family,
and is concerned exclusively with personal matters. Subjects covered include an older
McKittrick daughter writing to her mother about her activities at Vassar and a younger
daughter drawing her father a picture of a pet. It also includes a family tree and
a canceled passport dating to the 1940s.
- Carton 5, Folder 1Canceled passport, 1940s
- Carton 5, Folder 2Family tree, 1932
- Carton 5, Folder 3Family letters, 1943-1945
- Carton 5, Folder 4Telegrams to family, 1940-1946
- Subseries 1.3 General papers, 1938-1954
Scope and Contents: This grouping of material contains material pertaining to a dinner in honor of McKittrick
held in 1954, records of citations and decorations awarded McKittrick, and correspondence
with the Harvard Club, London. It also includes private correspondence with non-family
members. The material is arranged chronologically
- Carton 5, Folder 5Dinner honoring McKittrick, 1954
- Carton 5, Folder 6Private letters, 1939
- Carton 5, Folder 7Stirlin family, 1940-1945
- Carton 5, Folder 8Citations and decorations, 1946-1948
- Carton 5, Folder 9Harvard Club, London, 1938-1939
- Series 2. Business papers, 1924-ca. 1950
- Subseries 2.3 Writings, printed material and photographs, 1930-ca. 1950
Scope and Contents: This includes an article by McKittrick, news clippings about the B.I.S. and McKittrick's
role, and two photographs. The photographs consist of a portrait of McKittrick and
a group photograph of McKittrick and the directors of the B.I.S., 1941. There are
several copy prints of the group photograph in addition to the original. Only the
original photograph identifies the subjects.
- Box 13, Folder 6Article by McKittrick, 1950
- Box 13, Folder 7News clippings, political and economical, 1941-1944
- Box 13, Folder 8News clippings about B.I.S., 1940-1949
- Box 13, Folder 9News clippings: attacks on McKittrick and B.I.S., 1942-1948
- Box 13, Folder 10Printed material about B.I.S., 1930-1942
- Box 13, Folder 11Photographs, n.d., 1941
Banks and banking.
Banks and banking, International
New York (N.Y.)
McKittrick, Thomas Harrington, 1889-1970.
Aldrich, Winthrop W. (Winthrop William), b. 1885.
Bank for International Settlements.
Federal Reserve Bank of New York.
Lee, Higginson and Company.
Svenska, tandsticks AB.