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Industrial Life Photographs

Striping body bonnets, Packard Motor Company, ca. 1933, Baker Library Historical Collections at Knowledge and Library Services, Harvard Business School; Mss: 1412 :534 P119.
Striping body bonnets, Packard Motor Company, ca. 1933, Baker Library Historical Collections at Knowledge and Library Services, Harvard Business School; Mss: 1412 :534 P119.

To supplement classroom instruction at the Harvard Business School—where there was an increasing focus on industrial relations during the Great Depression—Harvard colleagues Donald Davenport and Frank Ayres acquired corporate images illustrating the interaction of worker and machine. They ultimately gathered more than 2,100 photographs, produced from the 1920s to the early 1940s, from leading companies in the United States and abroad.

Now organized as the Industrial Life Photograph Collection, ca. 1920-1941, the photographs are availalbe to researchers at Baker Library Historical Collections at Knowledge and Library Services, Harvard Business School.

Women Working includes 107 photographs from this extraordinary collection.

Browse photographs

  American Book Company
American Optical Company
A. Nash Company
Bigelow-Sanford Carpet
California Fruit Growers Exchange
Champion Coated Paper
Eastman Kodak Company
Firestone Tire and Rubber
General Foods
General Motors
Hershey Chocolate
Motion Picture Producers
  National Biscuit Company
National Cash Register
Packard Motor Company
Parke, Davis & Company
Philco Radio
Richman Bros. Company
Scovill Manufacturing Company
Shelton Looms
Swift & Company
Western Union
Webster Electric
Westinghouse Electric
 
  All Industrial Life photos in Women Working  

Finding Aid

Business Historical Society. Industrial Life Photograph Collection, ca. 1920-1941: A Finding Aid, Mss:1412 1920-1941 B979, Baker Library, Harvard Business School.