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Mss:784 1963-2006 P917

Pratt, Stanley E., 1931-. Stanley E. Pratt Papers, 1963-2006 (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:784 1963-2006 P917
Repository: Baker Library Special Collections, Harvard Business School, Harvard University
Title: Stanley E. Pratt papers
Date(s): 1963-2006
Quantity: 13 linear feet (31 boxes)
Language of materials: English
Abstract: Papers, documents, and materials by and about Stanley E. Pratt, his companies, Venture Economics and Abbott Capital Management, and the field of venture capital.


Gift of Stanley E. Pratt, 2012.

Processing Information:

Processed: November 2012
By: Alexis Dinniman

Conditions Governing Access:

Restricted material has been identified and separated. Note that box and folder lists of restricted material have been redacted.
Materials stored offsite. Please contact specialcollectionsref@hbs.edu for more information.

Preferred Citation:

Cite as: Stanley E. Pratt Papers. Baker Library Historical Collections. Harvard Business School.

Biographical Note:

Stanley E. Pratt is a noted consultant and expert on private equity and the venture capital industry. Pratt has served as an advisor to numerous corporations and government agencies, testified before Congressional and Senate committees, and has been a frequent speaker at venture capital and business conferences. Born in 1931, Pratt received his B.A. in English Literature from Brown University in 1953 and then served two years as an officer in the U.S. Navy. He began his career as an investment banking representative at W.E. Hutton before moving on to Diversified Corporate Services, Inc. and then Creative Resources, Inc. From 1977 to 1986 Pratt served as the Chairman and President of Venture Economics, Inc., an industry research firm analyzing the venture capital business since 1961, where he was publisher and editor of the Venture Capital Journal, of the Venture Economics Guide to European Venture Capital Sources, and of Pratt's Guide to Venture Capital Sources, an introduction to obtaining venture capital for businesses. Pratt is also the author of How to Raise Venture Capital (1982) and numerous articles about the field of venture capital. He then became a Managing and Founding Director of Abbott Capital Management, an investment advisory firm specializing in alternative investment programs, serving in this role from 1986 until his retirement in 2001. Pratt has more recently served on the board of advisors for Sageworks, Inc., a provider of financial analysis software.

Series Outline

The collection is arranged in the following series:

Scope and Content Note:

This collection consists of papers, documents, and materials by and about Stanley Pratt, his companies, Venture Economics and Abbott Capital Management, and the field of venture capital. This includes papers related to the operations of both companies, and speeches, presentations, and papers by Pratt. The collection also includes Pratt's testimonies before various government institutions and his work on committees related to small business and venture capital, as well as materials from the numerous conferences Pratt attended and presented at. It also includes a large amount of collected research and articles on subjects such as venture capital, small business investing, and private equity.

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Additional Index Terms

Business consultants
Finance--United States
Private equity--United States
Venture capital--China
Venture capital--United States
Rubel, Stanley M.
Abbott Capital Management.
Venture Economics, Inc.
Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation
Institute for Fiduciary Education.
Institute for International Research
Investment Advisory Council (U.S.)
National Association of Small Business Investment Companies (U.S.)
National Venture Capital Association (U.S.)