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Arch GA 92

Walker, Ross Graham. Ross G. Walker Papers, 1933-1960: 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 92
Repository: Baker Library Historical Collections, Harvard Business School, Harvard University
Creator: Ross Graham Walker
Title: Ross G. Walker papers
Date(s): 1933-1960
Quantity: 5.5 linear feet (11 boxes)
Language of materials: English
Abstract: Correspondence, teaching materials, consulting records and administrative records of HBS professor Ross G. Walker.

Processing Information:

Processed: December 2003
By: Lisa Moorhead; revised Laura Williams, May 2009.

Conditions Governing Access:

Access may be restricted. Details at the repository. An appointment is necessary to consult collection.
Box and folder lists of restricted material has been redacted. Contact Archivist for more information.

Preferred Citation:

Cite as: Ross G. Walker Papers. HBS Archives. Baker Library Historical Collections. Harvard Business School.

Biographical Note:

Ross Graham Walker was born in Athens, Michigan on August 31, 1891. He received his BA from the University of Michigan in 1920 and his MA (Hon.) from Harvard University in 1938. After graduating from the University of Michigan, Walker taught economics at his alma mater until 1922. Following this, he became a professor of commerce at the University of Iowa for four years. Walker joined the faculty at Harvard Business School in 1926. During his time at HBS, Walker engaged in a substantial amount of consulting work in the fields of cost analysis and control, particularly in the woolen and cotton textiles industries. In 1931, Walker took a leave of absence from HBS to become treasurer of the Hamilton Woolen Company. Walker returned to HBS in 1936 as Professor of Business Administration.
Walker married Virginia Stephanie Look in 1922. The couple had two children, Martha Lura (Mrs. Charles Warren Clift) and David Griswold Walker.

Series Outline

The collection is arranged in the following series:

Scope and Content Note:

The papers of Harvard Business School professor Ross Graham Walker include material related to his teaching duties and administrative functions at HBS and outside consulting work he performed. The bulk of the collection consists of Walker's correspondence with individuals, universities, associations, and companies such as the American Can Company, Ford Motor Company, General Mills, and the Monsanto Chemical Company. Correspondence with associations, including the National Association of Cost Accountants, the American Accounting Association, and the American Management Association is also present. Also included is material relating to Walker's teaching activites at HBS including MBA courses, doctoral programs, and executive education courses, his administrative roles at HBS, and his outside consulting work for private companies.

Container List

Additional Index Terms

Accounting -- Study and teaching.
Business education.
Business -- History.
Business -- Study and teaching.
Case method -- Study and teaching.
Walker, Ross Graham.
National Association of Cost Accountants (U.S.)
American Can Company.
Dennison Manufacturing Company.
Ford Motor Company.
General Mills, inc.
Harvard University. Graduate School of Business Administration -- Faculty.
Monsanto Chemical Company.
Standard Oil Company.