01 Sep 2012
Doriot Papers Arrive at HBSTopics:
Baker Library Historical Collections recently announced the permanent loan from Boston’s French Cultural Center of papers that once belonged to one of the School’s most renowned professors and one of the founding fathers of the venture capital industry. Georges F. Doriot was born in France in 1899 and came to America in 1921. He attended HBS for one year, headed to Wall Street, then returned to the School in 1926 as an assistant dean, becoming a full professor in 1929. Some 7,000 MBA students took Doriot’s famed Manufacturing course, which eschewed the case method for lectures that often included memorable life advice.
In addition to Doriot’s student notes and papers, 400-volume personal library, and original copies of his speeches and articles, the collection offers a revealing window on his pioneering work in the field of venture capital through records from the American Research and Development Corporation, the world’s first publicly funded VC firm that he led for a number of years.