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Call No.: Arch E80A.1
Repository: Baker Library Special Collections, Harvard Business School, Harvard University
Title: United States Army Quartermaster Corps Reserve Officers Training Corps records
Quantity: 8 linear feet (7 cartons, 1 box, 1 flat box)
Language of materials: English
Abstract: Scrapbooks, bulletins, and student and administrative records of the United States. Army. Quartermaster Corps Reserve Officers Training Corps (Harvard University).
Interested researchers should also refer to the collections pertaining to the other wartime training programs, and in particular to the United States Army Supply Officers Training School Records (Arch E80.2), the program that inherited many of the functions of QMC ROTC after the War Department activated all reserve officers in 1943. Also of interest is the Harvard Service News, a newspaper published at the university from 1943 to 1946, containing information about all aspects of war service training at Harvard during those years. The National Archives (II) at College Park, Maryland, has additional records relating to the Army Service Forces in Record Group 160.
In 1941 Army's Quartermaster Corps decided to establish a Reserve Officers Training Corps at Harvard Business School, the first to be located at a graduate school. The program lasted until June of 1943, at which time the War Department activated all reserve officers and terminated its ROTC courses. The direct descendant at HBS of the QMC ROTC program was the Army Supply Corps Officers Training School (ASOTS). Instruction in the program, designed to train officers for the business of supplying the Army, was provided in part by HBS faculty members and in part by instructors from the Army. Facilities and services were provided by Harvard for part of the training and by the Army camp at Ft. Lee, Virginia, for the remainder. The duration of the course was twelve months, and instruction was by the case method.
The collection is arranged in the following series:
- Series I. General Records, 1941-1944
- Series II. Student Records [restricted], 1941-1942
The collection consists of ephemera, bulletins, albums, and administrative and student records from the United States Army Quartermaster Corps Reserve Officers Training Corp, 1941-1944. The collection includes a photograph album depicting student training activities, press clippings, and an in-depth view from 1942 of the nature of the training, including a brief discussion of individual courses and what students accomplish in each course.