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Mss:49 1900-1971 D411

Dennison, Henry S. (Henry Sturgis), 1877-1952. Henry S. Dennison Papers, 1900-1971 (inclusive): A Finding Aid

Baker Library Special Collections, Harvard Business School, Harvard University


Harvard Business School, Boston MA 02163.

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Descriptive Summary

Call No.: Mss:49 1900-1971 D411
Repository: Baker Library Special Collections, Harvard Business School, Harvard University
Title: Henry S. Dennison papers
Date(s): 1900-1971 (inclusive).
Quantity: 3.75 linear feet (9 boxes)
Language of materials: English
Abstract: This collection contains the papers and writings of Henry Sturgis Dennison, 1877-1952, the long-time president of Dennison Manufacturing Company and an active scholar of the subject of scientific management.


Gift of James T. Dennison, 1976.

Processing Information:

Processed: November 2011
By: Laina Finney

Processing Information:

The collection was refoldered and placed in new archival boxes in November 2011. A new finding aid was created, but the original arrangement of the collection was largely retained.

Conditions Governing Access:

Collection is open for research. Materials stored onsite. Please contact specialcollectionsref@hbs.edu for more information.

Preferred Citation:

Cite as: Henry S. Dennison Papers. Baker Library Historical Collections. Harvard Business School.

Biographical Note:

Henry Sturgis Dennison (1877-1952) was a prominent businessman, president of Dennison Manufacturing Company, a manufacturer of paper products such as greeting cards, tags, crepe paper, and gummed labels. The company was started in 1844 by Dennison's grandfather, Andrew Dennison. Henry S. Dennison joined the family company in 1899 after graduating from Harvard College. In 1906, he was promoted to works manager and by 1917 he was president of the company, an office he held for 35 years until his death in 1952. The company grew under Henry S. Dennison's direction, experiencing a decline only from 1931 to 1932 as a result of the Great Depression.
Henry S. Dennison was interested in scientific management theories and initiated several reforms during his years as president of Dennison Manufacturing Company. These included an unemployment fund, a reduction in working hours, non-managerial profit-sharing and the establishment of health and personnel services. His interest in such issues, as well as industrial reform and relations, led him be an active member on advisory boards and councils like the Taylor Society, the American Management Association, the Boston Chamber of Commerce, the National Resources Planning Board, and the Business Research Council. He was a political participant as industrial advisor to the Woodrow Wilson and Franklin D. Roosevelt administrations. Dennison wrote dozens of articles for newspapers, as well as business journals and co-authored several books. Dennison was a lecturer at Harvard Business School. He was engaged to speak at places meetings of organizations and committees such as the University of Chicago, the Taylor Society, the New England Council, and the American Economic Association.

Series Outline

The collection is arranged in the following series:

Scope and Content Note:

The collection contains papers created during Henry S. Dennison's committee and business-related activities. Also included are copies of speeches and articles he authored. The collection is arranged into two series, Writings, 1900-1971, and Papers, 1913-1935. The Writings contain mainly the articles and speeches that he authored; the Papers contain items relating to business and committee activities, such as datebooks, correspondence, and company policies. The writings are divided into three subseries: Writings arranged by subject, 1919-1951; Speech and article files, 1900-1945; and Speech and article notebooks, 1910-1930. They contain articles, speeches and memoranda written by Henry S. Dennison. The Papers are also divided into three subseries: General correspondence and papers, 1914-1971; Subject files and correspondence, 1913-1936; and Daily appointment books, 1909-1943, which include official correspondence, documents of business transactions, and weekly schedules.

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