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Call No.: Arch E80A.6
Repository: Baker Library Special Collections, Harvard Business School, Harvard University
Creator: United States. Navy.
Title: United States Navy Supply Corps School (Harvard University) records
Quantity: 1.5 linear feet (1 carton)
Language of materials: English
Abstract: Assignments, examinations, registration packets, newsletters, and other materials related to the United States Navy Supply Corps School at Harvard Business School.
Interested researchers should also consult other collections pertaining to the wartime training programs at HBS, as well as additional records of the Navy Supply Corps School at the Harvard University Archives (UAV 600.204 hd, UAV 600.214 hd, UAV 600.229 hd, UAV 600.258 hd, UAV 600.277 hd, UAV 600.280 hd). These materials include forms, schedules, rosters, and curricula. The vertical file at HBS contains photographs of Supply Corps trainees. The Harvard Service News contains information about all aspects of wartime training at Harvard and HBS from 1943-1946
The federal government decided in 1941 to send Supply Corps personnel to Harvard Business School for training in the business of equipping the Navy. This was effected by a transfer to Harvard of the faculties of the Navy Finance and Supply School in Philadelphia (a school supervised by the U.S. Naval Academy) and the Naval Reserve Supply Corps in Washington, D.C. The course, aimed at student officers and officers in the Naval Reserve, was first of three months duration, but was later extended to four. Approximately 800 students were accommodated by the school at one time, requiring renovation of existing HBS facilities and the construction of a temporary building on the campus, Carpenter Hall. Students were taught by a faculty consisting of 12 Navy officers and three HBS professors, who were required to take commissions. Teaching was by the case method.
The collection consists of materials arranged in one alphabetical sequence. The bulk of the collection dates from 1943 to 1945, although a small amount of earlier and later material is included. Materials include assignments given to students, examinations, registration packets, training agreements, newsletters (including "And Here We Are Now" and "Memo," giving information about the post-training careers and family life of alumni), and a short film showing cadets marching. Of special interest is an account of the school and its programs written in 1949 by a graduate, A.C. Lyles, Jr.