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A. B. Segur and Company Motion and Time Analysis collection

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSP 299

Scope and Contents

This collection contains instructional booklets on Motion Time Analysis published by A. B. Segur and Co. It also contains company bulletins, a scrapbook of newspaper clippings, a photo album of factory machinery, and company ephemera.


  • 1912 - 1975


Languages of Materials

This collection is primarily in English, with a German copy of the Motion-Time Analysis instructional course book.

Access Information

This collection is open for research.

Copyright and Use Information

Copyright restrictions may apply.

Biographical Information

Asa Bertrand Segur was born in Decatur, Indiana in 1886. He graduated from Purdue in 1911 with a degree in Civil Engineering. After graduating, he worked in the Efficiency Division of the Chicago Civil Service Commission. In 1917, Segur became the engineer in charge of the Red Cross Institute for the Blind where he worked with Frank Gilbreth. In 1919, Segur set up his own consulting company in Oak Park, Illinois: A. B. Segur and Company. It was here that he unveiled his philosophy of Motion-Time-Analysis which sought to find the most efficient way to use motion in the workspace. He worked as a consultant until his death in 1975.


2.00 Cubic Feet (Five full-width letter-size manuscript boxes)

Technical Access Information

Films must be migrated to digital format before use. Contact Purdue University Archives and Special Collections if interested in using this material.

Acquisition Information

This collection was donated by A. B. Segur's granddaughter, Doris Esch Borthwick, in 1983.

Processing Information

This collection was rehoused in archival folders and boxes and rusted staples and paperclips were removed.
A. B. Segur and Co. Motion and Time Analysis collection
Sarah Kenny
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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Edition statement
Second edition.

Repository Details

Part of the Purdue University Archives and Special Collections Repository

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West Lafayette Indiana 47907 United States