Monday, September 20, 2010

Latin American Business History Initiative at HBS

The Business History Group in Harvard Business School’s Entrepreneurial Management Unit and Baker Library Historical Collections announce a new online resource — Latin American Business History: Resources and Research. Laura Linard from Historical Collections explains:
The Business History Group has made the globalization of research and teaching of business history a high priority and has a strong interest in facilitating research on Latin American business history, especially within the Southern Cone of the continent, initially Chile and Argentina. . . .

Included in this Web resource are excerpts from oral histories with twenty-one leading business practitioners from Argentina and Chile, conducted by HBS Research Fellow Dr. Andrea Lluch.  . . .  These interviews are a valuable resource for research on the business history of Argentina and Chile since the 1960s. The interview transcripts are available only for academic and scholarly research upon request from Baker Library Historical Collections
Loading bananas, Colombia, c. 1927. United Fruit
Company Photograph Collection, Baker Library
Historical Collections, HBS.
The website includes descriptions of and collection guides for a range of photographic, manuscript, and book resources within Baker Library Historical Collections that document Latin America business history. Major collections include the United Fruit Photograph Collection, 1891–1962, which includes approximately 10,400 photographs recording not only the enterprises and operations of this influential company but also the life within the company towns and villages.
   
This initiative was coordinated by Geoffrey Jones, the Isidor Straus Professor of Business History at Harvard Business School, and facilitated by Sven von Appen, an HBS alumnus and prominent Latin American businessman.  This ongoing project is conducted in association with Harvard University’s David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies.