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Arch P-92 pf

Weber, Paul J. Photographs of Harvard Business School, 1927-1930: A Finding Aid

Baker Library Special Collections, Harvard Business School, Harvard University


Harvard Business School, Boston MA 02163.

© President and Fellows of Harvard College

Descriptive Summary

Call No.: Arch P-92 pf
Repository: Baker Library Special Collections, Harvard Business School, Harvard University
Title: Paul J. Weber Photographs of Harvard Business School
Date(s): 1927-1930
Quantity: 15 linear feet (5 boxes)
Language of materials: English
Abstract: Photographs of Harvard Business School campus taken by Boston architectural photographer Paul J. Weber, 1927-1930.


Photographs and an accompanying typed list were transferred to Baker Library in 1938 from Harvard Business School, Office of the Dean.

Processing Information:

Processed: November 1997
By: Maggie Hale
The organization of the photographs follows the arrangement given to the images in the Dean's Office in the 1930s. The images were divided into the following groups and numbered accordingly (ie A-1, A-2).
(Note: The numbers in parentheses following the image descriptions are numbers, possibly assigned by Weber, that appear next to his stamp on the reverse of the mounting material. They are included only as an historical note, the images are accessed through the letter-number combinations listed under Item #.)

Conditions Governing Access:

Collection is open for research. Materials stored onsite. HBS Archives collections require a secondary registration form, please contact specialcollectionsref@hbs.edu for more information.
Researchers must register and provide valid photo identification before using this collection.

Preferred Citation:

Cite as: Paul J. Weber Photographs of Harvard Business School. HBS Archives. Baker Library Historical Collections. Harvard Business School.

Related Materials

Additional photographs of Harvard University taken by Paul J. Weber are in the collections of the Harvard University Archives. HUV 2329 PF

Historical Note:

Paul J. Weber was a noted architectural photographer working in the Boston area in the first half of the twentieth century. The photographs belonging to this collection were taken of the Harvard Business School from 1927 when the campus was first opened, to 1930, when the Dean's House was completed. Included in the collection are photographs taken of the HBS campus which were commissioned by the architectural firm, McKim, Mead, and White, who designed and built the campus in 1927. There are also photographs taken to accompany two articles on the campus which appeared in the magazine Architectural Forum, New York.
The Harvard Graduate School of Business Administration had grown rapidly since its establishment in 1908. During the early experimental years it had occupied quarters in Lawrence Hall as well as dispersed locations in Harvard Yard. However, increasing enrollment by 1920 resulted in the need for the school to have its own buildings. George F. Baker, chairman of the First National Bank of New York, provided the funds for a new campus. Although Baker himself had no direct ties to Harvard, his son George Jr. was a member of the Harvard College Class of 1899 and a classmate of Wallace Donham, Dean of the Business School.
The architects of the campus were selected through a design competition. The story of the competition, the selection of McKim, Mead, and White as the winning firm, and the construction of the campus were the subject of two articles which appeared in Architectural Forum magazine in October 1927. The articles, entitled "Harvard Graduate School of Business Administration" and "The Construction and Equipment of the Harvard Graduate School of Business," were both written by Charles W. Killam, the professional advisor to the project and a professor of architecture at Harvard University. The articles are illustrated with architectural plans and with eighteen of Weber's photographs.
Weber offered copies of his prints of the HBS campus to the school in 1927. A letter from Weber to Dean Wallace Donham dated June 17, 1927 (Office of the Dean, School Correspondence 1923-1927), states: "I have just taken a very interesting and artistic series of photographs of your new buildings . . . . If you are desirous of getting any of these prints I shall be glad to let you look them over."

Scope and Content Note:

The collection consists of 112 black and white photographs of the Harvard Business School campus. Included in the collection are exterior and interior views of buildings, detail photographs of doorways, windows, and arches, and interior and exterior views of the Dean's House. The photographs vary in size, averaging 8" x 10" (horizontal and vertical) and are mounted on larger sheets of a heavy paper averaging 14" x 20." All photographs are signed "Weber/ Boston" on the mounting sheet at the lower right hand corner of the photograph. The reverse side of the mount is stamped "Paul J. Weber/ Architectural Photographer/ Boston (24) Mass" and "Harvard University/ Graduate School of Business Administration/ December 7, 1937."

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