Dearborn Group Records

Collection Number: 5569

Kheel Center for Labor-Management Documentation and Archives, Cornell University Library


DESCRIPTIVE SUMMARY

Title:
Dearborn Group Records, 1951-1973
Collection Number:
5569
Creator:
Dearborn Group
Quantity:
2 linear ft.
Forms of Material:
Records (documents), correspondence.
Repository:
Kheel Center for Labor-Management Documentation and Archives, Cornell University Library
Abstract:
Biannual meeting minutes, research files, and correspondence.
Language:
Collection material in English


ORGANIZATIONAL HISTORY

The Dearborn Conference Group is an organization of directors of Industrial Relations Research Departments in several large U.S. corporations.
The Dearborn Group includes representatives from major corporations in the automotive, chemical, food processing, paper manufacturing, petroleum, petrochemical, steel, telecommunications and textile industries as well as corporate officers with similar responsibilities representing major utilities, the retail trade and an insurance carrier. Their objectives in meeting as a group are the futherance of industrial relations research methodology, information exchange about industrial relations experiences, and the promotion of industrial relations research.

COLLECTION DESCRIPTION

The Dearborn Conference Group's records consist of files relating to its biannual meetings, 1951-1971 (4 bound volumes), research files (6 bound volumes) arranged in alphabetical order by corporate name, and correspondence between Conference Group participants on the Group's activities (4 volumes).
The meeting files consist of agenda, minutes, reports, summaries of accomplishments, and supporting correspondence. Research activities regarding particular aspects of labor-management relations and personnel management, including methods of predicting and measuring leadership abilities, techniques for the management and development of employees, performance appraisal, and the evaluation of future trends in personnel management, especially union activities and trends in benefits, are discussed both at the meeting and in subsequent correspondence.
The corporate research project files contain outlines and reports of then current industrial relations projects with supporting documentation. Included are studies on compensation (wages and hours), benefit plans, internal management planning, employee selection, employee development, employee testing, safety education and programs, labor-management relations, and trends in collective bargaining, among other issues.
Compilation of materials regarding the biannual Dearborn Conference Meetings, including agenda, minutes, reports, correspondence, memoranda, notes and summaries.
The Dearborn Conference Group's records consist of files relating to its biannual meetings, 1951-1971 (4 bound volumes), research files (6 bound volumes) arranged in alphabetical order by corporate name, and correspondence between Conference Group participants on the Group's activities (4 volumes).
The meeting files consist of agenda, minutes, reports, summaries of accomplishments, and supporting correspondence. Research activities regarding particular aspects of labor-management relations and personnel management, including methods of predicting and measuring leadership abilities, techniques for the management and development of employees, performance appraisal, and the evaluation of future trends in personnel management, especially union activities and trends in benefits, are discussed both at the meeting and in subsequent correspondence.
The corporate research project files contain outlines and reports of then current industrial relations projects with supporting documentation. Included are studies on compensation (wages and hours), benefit plans, internal management planning, employee selection, employee development, employee testing, safety education and programs, labor-management relations, and trends in collective bargaining, among other issues.
SUBJECTS

Names:
Dearborn Conference Group

Subjects:
Automobile industry workers. United States.
Chemical workers. United States.
Collective bargaining. Automobile industry. United States.
Collective bargaining. Chemical industry. United States.
Collective bargaining. Paper industry. United States.
Collective bargaining. Petroleum industry. United States.
Collective bargaining. Steel industry. United States.
Collective bargaining. Telecommunication. United States.
Collective bargaining. Textile industry. United States.
Employee selection--United States.
Employee training directors--United States.
Executives--Training of--United States.
Food industry. Emplooyees. United States.
Industrial relations--Research--United States.
Job evaluation--United States.
Paper industry workers. United States.
Performance appraisal.
Personnel directors.
Personnel management--United States.
Personnel research.
Petroleum chemicals industry. Industrial relations. United States.
Petroleum industry. Employees. United States.
Retail trade. Employees. United States.
Safety education, Industrial.
Steel industry and trade. Employees. United States.
Telecommunication. Employees. United States.
Textile industry. Employees. United States.
Wages--United States.

Form and Genre Terms:
Records (documents)
Correspondence


INFORMATION FOR USERS

Access Restrictions:
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Restrictions on Use:
This collection must be used in keeping with the Kheel Center Information Sheet and Procedures for Document Use.
Cite As:
Dearborn Group Records #5569. Kheel Center for Labor-Management Documentation and Archives, Cornell University Library.

RELATED MATERIALS

Related Collections:
5634: Dearborn Group Additional Records

CONTAINER LIST

Container
Description
Date
Box 1
Box 1 Folder 1 1951-1954
Large booklet containing appendices
Box 1 Folder 2 1951-1959
"Confidential" summaries by date; 5/21/1951 - 10/22- 3/1959
Box 1 Folder 3 1955
"Management Development Objectives" March 8 1955
Box 1 Folder 4 1951-1963
Research and Information
Box 1 Folder 5 1951-1957
Includes biographies, etc.
Box 1 Folder 6 1952-1963
Box 2
Box 2 Folder 1 1951-1962
Contains highly detailed information on companies
Box 2 Folder 2 1951-1972
Contains highly detailed information on companies
Box 2 Folder 3 1952-1959
Contains highly detailed information on companies
Box 3
Box 3 Folder 1 1951-1952
Box 3 Folder 2 1955-1965
Box 3 Folder 3 1953-1954
Box 3 Folder 4 1951-1971
Some papers labeled "Confidential"
Box 3 Folder 5 1952-1965
Box 3 Folder 6 1968
Contains a study on employees by race and ethnicity
Box 4
Box 4 Folder 1 1971-1973
Box 4 Folder 2 1966-1970
Box 4 Folder 3 1971
November 11-12, 1971
Box 4 Folder 4 1966-1970
Box 4 Folder 5 1951-1959
5/21/1951 - 10/22-23/1959; "Confidential"
Box 4 Folder 6 1951-1956
Box 4 Folder 7 1951-1957
Box 4 Folder 8 1954-1957