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A. B. Segur papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSA 371

Scope and Contents

Certificates, diplomas, photographs, scrapbooks, artifacts, films and other audio-visual materials on motion and time analysis, industrial management, and engineering. Includes a scrapbook of clippings on the City of Chicago: Bureau of Streets, Civil Service Commission and Police Personnel, assembled by Segur for the Efficiency Division of the Chicago Civil Service Commission, 1912-1913. The papers also include numerous articles and other papers by Segur on motion time analysis and industrial management.


  • 1900 - 1970


Languages of Materials

Collection material is in English.

Access Information

This collection is open for research.

Copyright and Use Information

Copyright restrictions may apply. Consult with Purdue University Archives and Special Collections prior to reproduction of materials.

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.


1.00 Cubic Feet (One half-width letter-size manuscript box and one flat folder)

Acquisition Information

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

Processing Information

Collection was rehoused in archival folders and boxes and rusty staples were removed.
A. B. Segur papers
Sarah Kenny
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note
Edition statement
Second edition.

Revision Statements

  • 2019-03-27: Collection identifier changed from seguab1 to MSA 371, materials rehoused, and descriptions updated by Sarah Kenny.

Repository Details

Part of the Purdue University Archives and Special Collections Repository

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West Lafayette Indiana 47907 United States