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Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Department of Business and Engineering Administration records

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: AC-0114

Scope and Contents of the Collection

This collection of the records of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Department of Business and Engineering Administration, Course 15. Materials in boxes 1 to 6 were created by Erwin H. Schell, who was the first Business Management faculty member hired, and the first head of department. Schell was hired in 1917 and taught and directed Course 15 until his retirement in 1951. Records in boxes 1 and 2 consist of 17 volumes of outlines, reading lists, examinations, lecture notes and transcripts of lectures, and other course materials compiled for classes in business management taught by Schell. Guest lecturers included representatives of Stone and Webster Corporation, the Merrimac Chemical Company, the General Electric Company, and other companies. Records in boxes 3-6, are in 28 bound volumes of lecture notes of Schell to executive groups outside of MIT, 1916 to 1925 as well as reports on the student Thorne Loomis European Industrial Tour trips, 1933-1939; and course notes and case studies written mainly by Schell, 1930-1959. Topics covered in the course notes and case studies are contracting management, business management, cost analysis, and administrative theory and practice.


  • 1916 - 1959


Access note

This collection is open.

Intellectual Property Rights

Access to collections in the Department of Distinctive Collections is not authorization to publish. Separate written application for permission to publish must be made to Distinctive Collections. Copyright of some items in this collection may be held by respective creators, not by the creating office.


6 Cubic Feet (6 record cartons)

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Preliminary Inventory to the Records of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Department of Business and Engineering Administration
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Repository Details

Part of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Libraries. Department of Distinctive Collections Repository

Massachusetts Institute of Technology Libraries
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Cambridge MA 02139-4307 US