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Frank and Lillian Gilbreth Library of Management Research and Professional papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSP 8
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.


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



100.00 Cubic Feet

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)

Existence and Location of Originals

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Repository Details

Part of the Purdue University Archives and Special Collections Repository

504 W. State Street
West Lafayette Indiana 47907 United States