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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.


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



100.00 Cubic Feet

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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