Donald M. Nelson Papers: Finding Aid mssNelson

Brooke M. Black
The Huntington Library
July 2022
1151 Oxford Road
San Marino, California 91108
Business Number: (626) 405-2191

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

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Personal papers



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Box 4

1946 (A-I)

Box 5

1946 (J-Z)

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1947 (A-L)

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1947 (M-Z)

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Merchandising papers

Box 10

War Production Board

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War Production Board

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War Production Board

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War Production Board

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