United States. Army. United States Army Quartermaster Corps Reserve Officers Training
Corps (Harvard University) Records, 1941-1944: A Finding Aid
Baker Library Historical Collections, Harvard Business School, Harvard University
Harvard Business School, Boston MA 02163.
© President and Fellows of Harvard College
Call No.: Arch E80A.1
Repository: Baker Library Historical Collections, Harvard Business School, Harvard University
Creator: United States. Army.
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).
Processed: November 1995
By: Jeff Mifflin
Materials for the collection were brought together from various resources at Baker
Library Historical Collections. Duplicates from Series were discarded. Paper clips,
rubber bands, and binders have been removed. Materials have been refoldered and rehoused
in acid-neutral containers.
Collection is stored offsite; appointment necessary to use collection.
Cite as: United States Army Quartermaster Corps Reserve Officers Training Corps (Harvard
University) Records. HBS Archives. Baker Library Historical Collections. Harvard Business
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
- Series I. General Records
Scope and Contents: This series includes a photograph album depicting student training activities and
facilities in 1943, with handwritten background information on the program's history
and goals, and commentary on the images. Press clippings in the series contain information
about speeches given, graduations, and troop reviews. Of special interest is 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. Newsletters contain information
about the later careers and family situations of alumni of the program as well as
events relating to training. Sheet music and programs for entertainments illustrate
student social activities and humor. Other materials include sample training contracts
and lists of textbooks and manuals used in the program..
- Box 1, Folder 1Contracts, 1941-1943
- Box 1, Folder 2Harvard Advanced ROTC Newsletter, 1942-1943
- Box 1, Folder 3Music: "The Fighting Quartermaster Corps" (sheet music and lyrics for song by student
E.W. Tyler, Jr.), 1942
- Box 1, Folder 4Musical comedy student presentation: "Is This the Army?" (program and song lyric),
- Box 1, Folder 5The Muzzle Blast (QMC weekly bulletin), 1942
- Box 1, Folder 6The Nineteen Club (QMC ROTC social club), constitution and statement of purpose, 1941
- Box 1, Folder 7Press clippings, 1942-1944
- Box 1, Folder 8"QM," newsletter, 1944
- Box 1, Folder 9Reports (scrapbook of recurring reports), 1943
- Box 1, Folder 10-11Textbooks and manuals (lists and related correspondence), 1941-1943
- Carton 2Quartermaster ROTC Unit (photograph album with commentary), 1943
- Series II. Student Records [Restricted], 1941-1942
Scope and Contents: Series II, Student Records, contains student folders, preserved at HBS as a record
of who attended the QMC ROTC program between 1941 and 1942, but subject to restricted
access for 80 years from date of creation in accordance with Harvard policy (Cartons
3-9). Arrangement is alphabetical by surname of trainee.
Conditions Governing Use: Access restricted until 2022
Processing Information: Student records have not been refoldered into acid-neutral folders.
Folder titles have been redacted