Friday, November 11, 2016

A New Baker Library Exhibit Explores the Polaroid Corporation

At the Intersection of Science and Art
Edwin H. Land and the Polaroid Corporation: The Formative Years

Baker Library recently opened a new exhibition, At the Intersection of Science and Art: Edwin H. Land and the Polaroid Corporation: The Formative Years, organized by Baker Library Special Collections. The exhibition is on display until July 28, 2017 in the North Lobby, Baker Library | Bloomberg Center, Harvard Business School.

Polaroid's Land Camera

At the Intersection of Science and Art draws from the wealth of material in the Polaroid corporate archives at Baker Library, bringing into focus the formative years and trajectory of the Polaroid Corporation and the career of Edwin H. Land. A scientist and inventor, entrepreneur and CEO, aesthete and humanist, Land fostered invention and creativity within the culture of a small, science-based research and manufacturing company. He argued that the industrial process should be “dedicated to the discernment of deep human needs.” His philosophical insights into those needs coupled with an eye for beauty and artistic expression guided the groundbreaking research ambitions of Polaroid—an iconic, 20th-century startup company whose pioneering achievements in optics and engineering continue to have profound technological, social, and artistic significance.

Visit to view the on-line exhibition and to find materials for further research.

Please contact Baker Library Special Collections at if you would like to request a copy of the exhibition catalog or to learn more.

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Contact: Laura Linard, Director, Baker Library Special Collections, 617-495-6360,

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

New Exhibition at Baker Library

Baker Library recently opened a new exhibition, Georges F. Doriot: Educating Leaders, Building Companies. The exhibition will run through August 3, 2015 in the North Lobby, Baker Library | Bloomberg Center, Harvard Business School.

The exhibition and related website examines the career of Georges F. Doriot, an educator and a founder of the modern venture capital industry. During his 40-year tenure at Harvard Business School, the charismatic professor taught business and leadership in his celebrated Manufacturing course to nearly 7,000 students. He realized his dream of establishing the first Master of Business Administration program in Europe by helping establish the European Institute of Business Administration (INSEAD). Doriot learned the art of bringing science and industry together in World War II, where he was responsible for the creation of new products for the welfare of US soldiers. For decades, as president of American Research & Development Corporation (ARD), an early venture capital firm founded in 1946, Doriot fostered the development of startup companies that focused on emerging technologies from computers to pacemakers.

George F. Doriot in classroom, 1963.

The exhibition features selections from the Georges F. Doriot Collection—on permanent loan to Baker Library from the French Cultural Center, Boston—that reveal the ideas and ideals of a man who played a pioneering role in the emergence of the postwar entrepreneurial economy.

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Please contact Baker Library Historical Collections at if you would like to request a copy of the exhibition catalog.

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Thursday, December 11, 2014

Puritanism at the Boston Athenaeum

Rachel Trocchio arrived at the Athenæum yesterday and though jet-lagged, she energetically started studying books by William Perkins that are part of the Kings Chapel Collection. Enrolled at the University of California, Berkeley, Rachel will be at the Athenæum through next week to conduct research for her dissertation, "The Puritan Sublime." She studies late sixteenth- and early seventeenth-century theological works through the lens of American Puritanism and plans to return after the holidays. We look forward to hearing about what she learns.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Fellows at the Connecticut Historical Society

This summer, CHS hosted two New England Regional Fellowship scholars with two very different topics. Brendan Gillis, who is completing his Ph.D. at Indiana University, spent two weeks in the Research Center concentrating on our various collections of Justice of the Peace papers and court records from 1760-1800.  He was asking two questions: (1) Did American magistrates begin “molding” English law and tradition to fit their needs in the colonies and when? And (2) How did those practices change because of, and did they have any influence on,  the Revolution? Interestingly, Brendan is finding that although many magistrates served “His Royal Majesty”, they often interpreted the laws to fit the current situation without regard for tradition.

Christine Groeger, from Harvard University, was studying  the rise of credentials between 1870 and 1940. In the 18th and 19th centuries, people often apprenticed or learned a trade on the job.  Sometime in the 19th century, it was important to have a degree or a certificate or license to prove one had the requisite skills for a job. Through her research Christine plans on documenting the development of the need for credentials, looking at time, occupation, and gender as determining factors.

Monday, June 3, 2013

And the 2013 NERFC Fellows Are.....

Kristin Allukian. Working to Become: Women, Work, and Literary Legacy in American Women's Postbellum Literature

Michael Blaakman. Speculation Nation: Land Speculators and Land Mania in Post-Revolutionary America

Richard Boles. Dividing the Faith: The Rise of Racially Segregated Northern Churches, 1730-1850

Anna Bonewitz. Fashioning the British Empire: Fashion, Imagery and Colonial Exchange in Eighteenth-Century New England

Susan de Guardiola. Figures and Changes: The Evolution of the Cotillon in France, England, and America, 1760-1840

Marian Desrosiers. John Banister and the Influence of a Colonial Newport Merchant on the Economy of Pre-Revolutionary America

Russell Fehr. Anxious Electorate: City Politics in Mid-1920s America

Benjamin Irvin. "Invalids" and Independence: Disability, Masculinity, Class, and Citizenship among Veterans of the Revolutionary War

Kathryn Irving. The American Schools for Idiotic Children: Disability and Development in the Nineteenth Century

Noam Maggor. Brahmin Capitalism: Gentlemanly Bankers, Urban Populists, and the Origins of the Modern American Economy

Karen Murray. Roxbury: African-American History, Gender, and the Politics of Urban Poverty
Steven Pitt. City upon the Atlantic Tides: Puritans, Merchants, and the Seafaring Community of Boston, 1689-1763

Ashley Smith. "We Have Never Not Been Here": Place, History, and Belonging in Native New England

Each Fellow receives a $5,000 award to visit at least three of the participating NERFC institutions for no less than two weeks' worth of research on their topic. The thirteen fellowships handed out this year are the most to date.

Thursday, March 21, 2013

A New Exhibit at Baker Library

Baker Library Historical Collections is pleased to join in the celebration of the 50th anniversary of women’s admission into the full MBA program at Harvard Business School (HBS) with Building the Foundation: Business Education for Women at Harvard University, 1937–1970. The exhibition will run until September 22, 2013 in the North Lobby, Baker Library | Bloomberg Center, Harvard Business School.

Building the Foundation traces the early history of business education for women at Harvard University from the founding of the one-year certificate program at Radcliffe College in 1937 to the HBS faculty vote to admit women into the two year MBA program and finally to the complete integration of women into the HBS campus life by 1970. Illustrating the evolution of this formative period are photographs, interviews, reports, and correspondence from Baker Library Historical Collections at Harvard Business School and from the Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America at the Radcliffe Institute.

The telling documents reveal how program directors, administrators, and faculty shaped business education for women at the University, preparing students to take their places in the business world. The pioneering graduates of these programs would go on to help open doors to formerly unattainable opportunities for generations of women who followed. 

Visit   to learn more about the exhibition, to find materials that could support further research, and to view some of the items featured in the exhibition. 

Visit   to learn more about the HBS celebration of 50 Years of Women in the MBA Program.

Please contact Baker Library Historical Collections at if you would like to request a copy of the exhibition catalog.

Thursday, October 18, 2012

CT Historical Update

Gloria Whiting from Harvard and Kelly Arehart from the College of William and Mary are spending three weeks each at the Connecticut Historical Society. As usual, the Fellows make use of our resources in interesting ways. Gloria is pouring through 17th and 18th century court records for clues on family relationships among slave families in Connecticut. Kelly has benefited from our recently completed backlog cataloging project funded by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission. There was one bill we discovered just before her arrival that provided excellent details on what materials were purchased for an individual's funeral, including preserving fluid. Kelly also was in awe of the corpse preserver! Her topic, obviously, is the development of the funeral industry.