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Yousuf Karsh Portraits of Harvard Business School Faculty, 1955-1960: 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 P2
Repository: Baker Library Special Collections, Harvard Business School, Harvard University
Creator: Yousuf Karsh
Title: Yousuf Karsh portraits of Harvard Business School faculty
Date(s): 1955-1960
Quantity: 15 linear feet (5 mapcase drawers)
Language of materials: English
Abstract: The collection consists of twenty-four portrait photographs of Harvard Business School faculty members taken by noted photographer Yousuf Karsh.

Processing Information:

Processed: July 2010
By: Benjamin Johnson

Conditions Governing Access:

Researchers must register and provide valid photo identification before using this collection.
Collection open for research. Materials stored onsite. Please contact specialcollectionsref@hbs.edu for more information.


Copyright of the photographs in this collection is held by Yousuf Karsh Estate. Researchers are also responsible for contacting the copyright holder.

Preferred Citation:

Cite as: Yousuf Karsh Portraits of Harvard Business School Faculty. HBS Archives. Baker Library Historical Collections. Harvard Business School.

Historical Note:

In the Spring of 1958 internationally noted photographic portraitist Yousuf Karsh traveled to Harvard Business School to photograph prominent faculty members. Fifteen of the photographs taken by Karsh during this visit are represented in the collection. The remaining nine portrait photographs were taken at earlier and later dates. Karsh did extensive research on each professor before he met and photographed them and even sat in the classroom to get a better feel for his subjects. He felt the need to understand human nature in order to get to the core of the sitter's personality. The ability to understand the subject in such depth is what gave Karsh his skill and artistry. In an interview with The Harbus News, Karsh noted, "So many of the men here are tricky to photograph; for, they look and act like business administrators but underneath are competent scholars representing the academic world, and very importantly too!"
Some of the portraits were made possible through the generosity of Professor C. Leigh Stevens and at one time were displayed in both Aldrich and Hamilton Halls. A selection of the portrait photographs were on display in Kresge Hall during the Fiftieth Anniversary Conference in 1958. The portraits that were a gift of Professor Stevens included Joseph Cannon Bailey, Neil Hopper Borden, Theodore H. Brown, Melvin Thomas Copeland, Franklin Erton Folts, Arthur Warren Hanson, Windsor Arnold Hosmer, Howard Thompson Lewis, Malcolm P. McNair, Robert Louis Masson, Richard Stockton Meriam, Fritz J. Roethlisberger, Benjamin Morris Selekman, Sumner H. Slichter, Stanley F. Teele and Harry R. Tosdal.

Scope and Content Note:

The Yousuf Karsh Portraits of Harvard Business School Faculty consist of twenty-four large print photographs. The photographs were taken in the reading room of Baker Library and the offices of faculty members. The photographic process used to create the collection's black and white images was the gelatin silver process.

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