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Call No.: Arch E80A.2
Repository: Baker Library Historical Collections, Harvard Business School, Harvard University
Creator: United States. Army.
Title: United States Army Supply Officers Training School (Harvard University) records
Quantity: 9 linear feet (8 cartons, 1 flat box)
Language of materials: English
Abstract: Classroom instructional materials and other administrative records from the United States. Army. Supply Officers Training School (Harvard University).
Interested researchers should consult the records of other wartime training programs collections at Baker Library Historical Collections, especially the Army Quartermaster Corps ROTC Program Records (Arch E80A.1). The Harvard University Archives has additional material from 1943 filed under UAV 157.8277 hd. The National Archives (II) in College Park, Maryland, has related records at Record Group 160, Army Service Forces. Also of interest is the Harvard Service News, containing information about all aspects of war service training at Harvard from 1943-1946.
The U.S. War Department established a three month Advanced Technical Training Course at Harvard Business School on April 10, 1943, for Army Supply Officers, as part of the program of wartime service schools that operated between the spring of 1942 and January 1946. The Army Supply Officers Training School (ASOTS) admitted and trained 200 Army quartermaster officers every three months. (The precursor of ASOTS at HBS had been the U.S. Army Quartermaster Corps ROTC Program, eliminated in 1943 after the War Department activated all reserve officers.) Students were selected for ASOTS on the basis of outstanding military records. The objective of the course was to prepare officers for higher responsibilities in supply work for the Army by teaching them the language, problems, and viewpoints of businessmen and industrial organizations. Students learned industrial methods adaptable to supply operations and analyzed administrative problems by means of the case method.
The collection is arranged in the following series:
- Series I. General Records, 1943-1944
- Series II. Student Records [restricted], 1942-1943
The bulk of the collection consists of student folders, preserved as a record of who attended the Army Supply Officers Training School (but restricted according to Harvard policy for 80 years from date of creation). Unrestricted documents consist primarily of classroom instructional materials. This collection does not contain materials pertaining to student recreational or social activities, or to evaluation of trainees.