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  • Conditions Governing Access
  • Conditions Governing Use
  • Preferred Citation
  • Immediate Source of Acquisition
  • Biographical / Historical
  • Scope and Contents
  • Processing Information
  • Arrangement
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  • Contributing Institution: The Huntington Library
    Title: Donald M. Nelson papers
    Creator: Nelson, Donald Marr, 1888-1959
    Identifier/Call Number: mssNelson
    Physical Description: 30.55 Linear Feet (21 boxes, 50 volumes, 1 folder, 1 record, 1 roll)
    Date (inclusive): 1805, 1909-1956
    Date (bulk): 1930-1950
    Abstract: Personal and professional papers of 20th century American businessman Donald M. Nelson.
    Language of Material: Materials are in English.

    Conditions Governing Access

    Open for use by qualified researchers and by appointment. Please contact Reader Services at the Huntington Library for more information.
    NOT AVAILABLE: 4 boxes, 50 volumes, 1 folder, 1 record, 1 roll are not available for paging until processed. Please contact Reader Services for more information.

    Conditions Governing Use

    The Huntington Library does not require that researchers request permission to quote from or publish images of this material, nor does it charge fees for such activities. The responsibility for identifying the copyright holder, if there is one, and obtaining necessary permissions rests with the researcher.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item]. Donald M. Nelson papers, The Huntington Library, San Marino, California.

    Immediate Source of Acquisition

    Gift of Mrs. Donald M. Nelson, January 1961.

    Biographical / Historical

    Donald Marr Nelson (1888-1959) was an executive vice-president of Sears, Roebuck and Company, director of priorities of the United States Office of Production Management from 1941 to 1942, chairman of the War Production Board from 1942 to 1944, and president of the Society of Independent Motion Picture Producers from 1945 to 1947.

    Scope and Contents

    Personal and professional papers of Donald Marr Nelson. Included are papers and records of Sears, Roebuck, and Company, Spiegel, Inc., the War Production Board, and addresses, lectures, remarks, speeches, radio addresses, etc. by Donald M. Nelson. Also included is a manuscript of Nelson's book Arsenal of Democracy.

    Processing Information

    Processed by Huntington Library staff. In 2022, Brooke M. Black created a finding aid.


    Organized in the following series: 1. Personal papers; 2. Correspondence; 3. Merchandizing papers; 4. War Production Board; 5. Manuscripts; 6. Ephemera.


    Former call number: mssNelson papers.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Businessmen -- United States -- Archives
    Industries -- United States -- Sources
    World War, 1939-1945 -- Economic aspects -- United States -- Sources
    Business records -- United States -- 20th century
    Letters (correspondence) -- United States -- 20th century
    Personal papers -- United States -- 20th century
    Professional papers -- United States -- 20th century
    Sears, Roebuck and Company -- Archives
    United States. Office of Production Management -- Officials and employees -- Archives
    United States. War Production Board