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Guide to the School of Business Administration Records
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  • Collection Summary
  • Information for Researchers
  • Administrative Information
  • Organizational History
  • Scope and Content of Collection

  • Collection Summary

    Collection Title: Guide to the School of Business Administration Records,
    Date (inclusive): 1878-1989
    Date (bulk): (bulk 1940-1989)
    Collection Number: CU-29
    Creator: School of Business Administration
    Extent: Number of containers: 14 cartons and 1 box Linear feet: 18
    Repository: The Bancroft Library. University Archives
    Berkeley, California 94720-6000
    Abstract: School of Business Administration records include meeting and administrative records, faculty documents, correspondence, historical materials, marketing records, reports of proposals and research, and publications. Publications include yearbooks, facebooks, and business program pamphlets.
    Languages Represented: Collection materials are in English.
    Physical Location: Many of University Archives collections are stored off-site and advance notice may be required for use. For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the library's online catalog.

    Information for Researchers


    Collection is open for research, with the following exceptions: faculty biographies in Box 1.

    Publication Rights

    Copyright has not been assigned to The Bancroft Library. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Head of Public Services. Permission for publication is given on behalf of The Bancroft Library as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the reader.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Guide to the School of Business Administration Records, CU-29, University Archives, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley.

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
    Grether, Ewald Theophilus, 1899-
    Haas, Walter A., 1889-1979.
    University of California, Berkeley. Graduate School of Business Administration.
    Walter A. Haas School of Business (University of California, Berkeley)

    Administrative Information

    Acquisition Information

    The School of Business Administration records were transferred to University Archives by the School of Business Administration.


    Future additions are expected.

    Processing Information

    Processed by Susan Storch and Tammy Lo in 2005.

    Organizational History

    The College of Commerce was founded in 1889 at the University of California, Berkeley, with the aid of UC Regent Arthur B. Rodgers and funding from the Cora Jane Flood Foundation, with the intent to further commercial education. A four-year undergraduate program, the college had no faculty of its own, but instead recruited honorable faculty members from the Economics Department, such as Adolph C. Miller, Henry Rand Hatfield, and Ira B. Cross. To accommodate the rising interest in business, proposals to change the College were approved in 1914, but were not implemented due to World War I. It was not until 1941, with E. T. Grether as Dean, that plans began to take shape.
    The School of Business Administration became the College of Commerce on July 1, 1943 and became the second collegiate institution to be established in the United States for training students in business. The undergraduate school, a two-year program for juniors and seniors with a curriculum leading to a degree of Bachelors in Science, was established in 1943, followed by the graduate school in 1944 for students pursuing a Masters of Business Administration, as well as Ph.Ds. The purpose of the school was to prepare students for positions with executive and professional responsibilities in all sectors of business and to encourage careers in teaching and research.
    The School of Business Administration was renamed the Haas School of Business in 1989. The Haas family has offered its generous support and commitment to the University for many years. Walter A. Haas, Sr., for whom the school is named, graduated from the College of Commerce in 1910 and continued his loyal contribution to the School as the business school's first advisory counsel under Dean E. T. Grether in 1970. As a counselor and close friend to deans after Grether, Haas remained a benefactor to the school until his death in 1979. His children contributed the cornerstone support in honor of their father to fund the school's building, prompting enthusiastic approval from UC Regents to change the name to the Haas School of Business.
    The School provides specialized education in various business fields, including administration and policy, accounting, finance, industrial relations, international business, marketing and real estate. The teaching programs are supported by research and community relations affiliates, such as the Institute of Business and Economic Research; Center for Real Estate and Urban Economics; Center for Research in Management Science; and the Institute of Industrial Relations, which was first headed by former UC president Clark Kerr in 1945. The Graduate school in conjunction with the Graduate School of Business in Los Angeles also publishes the California Management Review, a scholarly quarterly publication.

    Scope and Content of Collection

    School of Business Administration records include meeting and administrative records, faculty documents, correspondence, historical materials, marketing records, reports of proposals and research, and publications. Publications include yearbooks, face books, and business program pamphlets.
    The collection is divided into three series: General Departmental Records, Dean Ewald T. Grether Records, and Faculty Biographies and Lists. The first is an alphabetical arrangement of the general departmental records, from 1878 to 1989. The second series contains mostly notes by the Dean of the School of Business Administration, Ewald T. Grether. His records concern the Chancellor's Advisory Administrative Council, the Dorothea Lange Fellowship, Barrows Hall, and programs relating to associations in business administration. The last series consists of faculty biographies and lists, 1944 to 1986.