Guide to the Papers of John Hennessey, 1965 - 1986Manuscript MS-1081

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Guide to the Papers of John Hennessey, 1965 - 1986

Call Number:

Manuscript MS-1081

Collection Dates:

1965 - 1986

Size of Collection:

2 boxes (1.5 linear feet)


The papers of John W. Hennessey contain articles, reports, conference notes, meeting notes, correspondence, and publications relating to his career as a professor at Dartmouth college. Also includes materials related to Hennessey's role in opposing the South African divestment movement at Dartmouth.

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Use & Access

The materials represented in this guide may be accessed through the Rauner Special Collections Library at Dartmouth College. Rauner Library is located in Webster Hall. The materials must be used on-site and may not leave Rauner Library.

Rauner Special Collections Library is open to the public and in most cases no appointment is necessary. The exception is in the case of materials stored off site for which there may be a delay of up to 48 hours in retrieval. Please consult the Access to Collection statement below or contact Rauner Reference.

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Publication & Use

Permission from Dartmouth College required for publication or reproduction.

Introduction to the Collection

The papers of John W. Hennessey, Jr. contain articles and testimony relating to the South African divestment movement at Dartmouth College, reports on policy study and budget priorities, conference and meeting notes, correspondence, and also a two volume publication, "Report on America 1971".

Of note are papers that document a period when Dartmouth was debating whether to divest from South Africa.


John W. Hennessey, Jr. was born on March 25, 1925 in Danville, Pennsylvania and attended public schools in York, Pennsylvania. His undergraduate education at Princeton University was interrupted by three and a half years of service during World War II in the Army, half of that time spent overseas in the Pacific Theater. He received his A.B. degree, magna cum laude, from Princeton University in 1948; his M.B.A. degree, with distinction, from Harvard University in 1950; and his Ph.D. degree from the University of Washington, where he rose to the rank of associate professor.

Dr. Hennessey was a member of the Dartmouth College faculty from 1957 to 1987, principally in the Tuck School of Business Administration, where he served as associate dean, dean, and as Charles Henry Jones Professor of Management. He also held one of five Third Century Professorships, established at Dartmouth's bicentennial with a broad mandate for interdisciplinary work. Among his other activities at Dartmouth was co-founding the Institute for the Study of Applied and Professional Ethics. He also served as a trustee of Mary Hitchcock Memorial Hospital from 1963 to 1986, serving as chairman from 1977 to 1983; chairman of the Joint Council of Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center from 1977 to 1983 and a trustee of Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center from 1977 to 1986 and from 1991 to 1996, serving as chairman from 1992 to 1995.

In the wider educational community, Dr. Hennessey was chair of the board of trustees of the Educational Testing Service; president of the American Assembly of Collegiate Schools of Business; and founding chairman of the Council for Opportunity in Graduate Management Education (COGME). He served as a trustee of the University of Vermont; UVM's first provost; and interim president. He served on the board of directors of such business corporations as H. P. Hood, Inc.; Zayre Corporation (now TJX Companies, Inc.); and the Connecticut Mutual Life Insurance Company.

Box & Folder List

Box: 1, Dates: 1971-1986

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Box Contents

  • Folder: 1, Bob Wood, 1981-82, Rockefeller Center, 1981-1982
  • Folder: 2, Policy Studies, General Dept. memos, etc., 1980-1986
  • Folder: 3, Divestment- articles, reports, testimony, 1985
  • Folder: 4, Publication "Report on America 1971", two volumes- Summary, Background, 1971

Box: 2, Dates: 1965-1987

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Box Contents

  • Folder: 1, Report of the Subcommittee on Advisory and Counseling Services, 1965
  • Folder: 2, Preliminary Report of the Task Force on Budget Priorities, 1973
  • Folder: 3, Policy Study Report , no date
  • Folder: 4, The Policy Study Program- Three Year Review, 1980
  • Folder: 5, Council on Budget and Priorities-annual report, 1974-1975
  • Folder: 6, Correspondence and Reports, 1966-1987

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