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Frank and Lillian Gilbreth Library of Management Research and Professional papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSP 8

Scope and Contents

The Gilbreth Library of Management documents the pioneering research of Frank Gilbreth and Lillian Gilbreth in the fields of time and motion study. Commonly referred to as the N-file, the collection covers the Gilbreths quest to find The One Best Way in job performance, worker satisfaction, efficient office management, and home economics. Company files in the collection include: New England Butt Company, Regal Shoe Company, Remington Typewriter Company, Sears & Roebuck, National Cash Register, Pierce Arrow, Eastman Kodak, Lever Brothers, and Cluett Peabody & Company. A small portion of the collection covers the Gilbreths family life and Frank's army career during World War I.

Dates

  • 1845 - 1959
  • Majority of material found within 1906 - 1924
  • Other: Date acquired: 11/30/1938

Creator

Extent

100.00 Cubic Feet

Language of Materials

English

Arrangement Note

The collection is organized into four series:
  1. N-file, ca. 1845-1941 (71.5 cubic feet)
  2. N-file Oversized, ca. 1914-1919 (1 cubic foot)
  3. N-file Photographs, ca. 1908-1941 (11.5 cubic feet)
  4. N-file Blueprints, ca. 1906-1937 (8 cubic feet)

Related Materials

MSP 7, Frank and Lillian Gilbreth papers, Purdue University Archives and Special Collections, Purdue University Libraries.

Books from the Frank and Lillian Gilbreth collection
Title
Frank and Lillian Gilbreth Library of Management Research and Professional papers
Status
In Progress
Author
Joanne Mendes, Archives Assistant; Mary Sego; Katey Watson.
Date
2020-10-28
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin
Edition statement
Third edition. Collection description was first completed 03/07/2008.

Revision Statements

  • 2020-10-28: Corrected typo in file title; Branders to Brandeis.

Repository Details

Part of the Purdue University Archives and Special Collections Repository

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