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Call No.: Arch E80A.7
Repository: Baker Library Special Collections, Harvard Business School, Harvard University
Title: United States Navy War Adjustment Course (Harvard University) records
Quantity: 1.5 linear feet (1 carton)
Language of materials: English
Abstract: Registration materials, schedules, course outlines, and other materials related to the United States Navy War Adjustment Course at HBS.
Interested researchers should also refer to collections at HBS pertaining to other wartime training programs and to the Harvard Service News, containing information about all war service programs at Harvard from 1943-1946.
The Navy War Adjustment Course at Harvard Business School started in February 1944 and lasted until September 1945. Courses were of four months duration, and were taught by HBS faculty. Approximately fifty officers enrolled in each four month term. In its early phases the program was experimental because of uncertainties regarding demands, changes in regulations, and the unknown duration of the war. Curriculum was kept flexible throughout the school's period of operation because of shifts in the problems associated with contract termination and surplus disposal. Officers in the program studied appropriation, stores accounting, termination problems, cost analysis, factory war adjustment, handling and storage of materials, personnel and administrative problems, and problems of government in war adjustment.
The collection includes registration materials, schedules, and course outlines, correspondence regarding the course, teaching group minutes, and examinations given to students. The bulk of the material consists of student registration handouts, schedules, and examinations given in the course. A small amount of Rating Board material pertaining to standards for grading dates from 1943, before the establishment of the program.