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Mss:351 1961-1974

Goldston, Eli, 1920-1974. Eli Goldston Papers, 1961-1974 (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:351 1961-1974
Repository: Baker Library Special Collections, Harvard Business School, Harvard University
Title: Eli Goldston papers
Date(s): 1961-1974
Quantity: 7 linear feet (7 cartons)
Language of materials: English
Abstract: The collection documents the career of Eli Goldston, Harvard Business School alum and Eastern Gas and Fuel Associates Chief Executive Officer.


The Eli Goldston papers were received by Baker Library Special Collections as a donation from Eastern Gas and Fuel Associates, 1977.

Processing Information:

Processed: September 2017
By: Baker Library Special Collections Staff

Conditions Governing Access:

Collection is open for research. Materials stored onsite. Please contact specialcollectionsref@hbs.edu for more information.
Due to the fragility of these materials and the difficulty with play back, researchers must work with digital copies rather than with the original recordings. Digital use copies for items that were digitized can be accessed only onsite in the de Gaspé Beaubien Reading Room on a designated Special Collections computer. Researchers are not permitted to copy or download any digital files. To request access please contact specialcollectionsref@hbs.edu prior to visiting the library.

Preferred Citation:

Cite as: Eli Goldston Papers. Baker Library, Harvard Business School.

Biographical Note

Eli Goldston was born in Akron, Ohio, in 1920, graduated from the public schools of Warren, Ohio, and earned four degrees from Harvard: A.B.,1942, Harvard College, I.A. (Industrial Administrator, wartime degree) 1943, and M.B.A. 1946, Harvard Business School, and L.L.B. 1949, Harvard Law School. He was awarded honorary L.L.D. degrees by Babson College, 1969, Bates College, 1970, Boston College, 1971 and Doctor of Humanities, Washington University, St. Louis, Missouri, 1973. During World War II, Mr. Goldston served as a lieutenant in the U. S. Navy Supply Corps.
Mr. Goldston was both President of Midland Enterprises Inc., Cincinnati, Ohio, and a partner in the Cleveland, Ohio, law firm of Hahn, Loeser, Freedheim, Dean and Wellman in 1961 when Eastern Gas and Fuel Associates, Boston, Massachusetts, acquired Midland, whose principal operating subsidiary then was The Ohio River Company, a major U. S. barge line headquartered in Cincinnati. He joined Eastern as Executive Vice President and Trustee, became President in 1962, and Chief Executive Officer in 1963, and Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, 1973. Mr. Goldston was also Chairman and a director of Eastern's fourteen subsidiary companies. Eastern was a Boston-based diversified energy company with operations in the bituminous coal, gas utility, river and ocean barge, and coke industries.
Mr. Goldston served on and chaired various municipal, state and federal committees and commissions and was active in civic and welfare activities in Ohio and Massachusetts, including the Boy Scouts of America, the Boston-Kyoto Sister City Committee, the Afro-American Center of Fine Arts, Boston Museum of Fine Arts, Combined Jewish Philanthropies,and the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. He was a director of the Boston Urban Foundation and Opportunity Funding Corporation, and was Campaign Chairman for the 1970 Massachusetts Bay United Fund.
Eli Goldston died in Cambridge, Massachusetts, on January 21, 1974.

Scope and Content Note

Correspondence, drafts of articles and speeches, digitized films and audiotapes, slides, photos, and other papers, relating mainly to Goldston's outside activities as a spokesman for the businessman's involvement in the community.

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