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Arch E80A.2

United States. Army. United States Army Supply Officers Training School (Harvard University) Records, 1942-1944: A Finding Aid

Baker Library Historical Collections, Harvard Business School, Harvard University

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Harvard Business School, Boston MA 02163.

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Descriptive Summary

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
Date(s): 1942-1944
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).

Processing Information:

Processed: November 1995
By: Jeff Mifflin

Processing Note:

Materials for the collection were brought together from several locations at Baker Library Historical Collections. In some cases, folders were removed from other collections (such as registration materials, examinations, etc.) and added to this collection. Student face cards, alumni file cards, grade point averages and class ranks, and folders containing routine housekeeping information were removed or destroyed. Paper clips, rubber bands, and binders were removed and discarded, but no attempt was made to remove examinations from the bound volume in which they were found. Materials have been refoldered and rehoused in acid-neutral containers, with the exception of student records.

Conditions Governing Access:

This collection is stored offsite; appointment required to use collection.

Preferred Citation:

Cite as: United States Army Supply Officers Training School (Harvard University) Records. HBS Archives. Baker Library Historical Collections. Harvard Business School.

Related Finding Aids:

United States Navy Industrial Accounting Course (Harvard University) records
United States Army Quartermaster Corps Reserve Officers Training Corps records
United States Navy Supply Corps School (Harvard University) records
United States Army Air Forces Statistical School (Harvard University) records
United States Navy War Adjustment Course (Harvard University) records
United States Army Air Forces War Adjustment Course (Harvard University) records
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.

Historical Note:

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.

Series Outline

The collection is arranged in the following series:

Scope and Content Note:

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.

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