Feiss Company Records

Collection Number: 5614

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


DESCRIPTIVE SUMMARY

Title:
Feiss Company Records, 1905-1977
Collection Number:
5614
Creator:
Feiss Company
Quantity:
3 linear ft.
Forms of Material:
Patents, records (documents) .
Repository:
Kheel Center for Labor-Management Documentation and Archives, Cornell University Library
Abstract:
This collection is made up of letters, notes, articles, and other papers pertaining to the life and career of Richard A. Feiss.
Language:
Collection material in English


BIOGRAPHICAL NOTE

After receiving a law degree from Harvard, Feiss joined his father's clothing manufacturing business, where he attempted to combine elements of Frederick Taylor's theories of scientific management with his own theories of personal relationship. His goal was to establish a factory in which production was efficient while at the same time the employees had the opportunity to experience personal development, growth, and self actualization.
To improve production, Feiss employed aspects of scientific management, including standardization of equipment, routing instructions, and time studies. To enhance conditions for the workers, he established a program of "Personal Relationships" which gave the workers a chance to participate in decision-making, and also improved the selection, orientation processes. Additionally, workers were offered counseling services, recreational facilities, mental and physical examinations, and other advantages.
Due to economic hardships and personality conflicts among the top managers in Joseph & Feiss, R.A. Feiss resigned from the company in 1925 and went into business on his own. Consequently, the system he developed at Clothcraft crumbled.

COLLECTION DESCRIPTION

The collection consist primarily of notes and articles on work standardization and personnel policies, and routine business materials used in industrial organizations practicing scientific management principles. The collection reflects Feiss' work and theories on worker welfare and personal relationships, as influenced by Frederick W. Taylor's scientific management principles.
SUBJECTS

Names:
Abt, Jacob.
Feiss, Richard A. (Richard Albert), 1878-1954
Getasky, I. M.
Stillman, William O.
Taylor, Frederick Winslow, 1856-1915
Joseph and Feiss Company (Cleveland, Ohio)
R.A. Feiss Company
Tabor Manufacturing Company
United States. National War Labor Board (1918-1919)
United States. National War Labor Board (1942-1945)

Subjects:
Clothing workers. United States. Health and hygiene.
Labor and laboring classes. Mental health. United States.
Men's clothing industry. United States. Management.
Scientific management.
Wages. Men's clothing industry. United States.

Form and Genre Terms:
Patents
Records (documents)


INFORMATION FOR USERS

Access Restrictions:
Access to the collections in the Kheel Center is restricted. Please contact a reference archivist for access to these materials.
Restrictions on Use:
This collection must be used in keeping with the Kheel Center Information Sheet and Procedures for Document Use.
Cite As:
Feiss Company Records #5614. Kheel Center for Labor-Management Documentation and Archives, Cornell University Library.
SERIES LIST

Series I. R.A. Feiss.. Professional Papers
Series II. Richard A. Feiss. Articles, Speeches, Papers
Series III. Joseph & Feiss & Co. Papers
Series IV. R.A. Feiss, Inc.

CONTAINER LIST

Container
Description
Date
Box 1 Folder 1-1b 1925-1926
and personal with R.A.F.'s father re post Feiss Co. career; correspondence. re Manufacturing Laboratories, Inc
Box 1 Folder 2 1915-1955
includes Feiss-Dryfoos Genealogy
Box 1 Folder 2a 1920-1926
Box 1 Folder 2b 1914-1934
Box 1 Folder 3-4 1927-1928
Box 1 Folder 4a 1943-1946
includes form letters, articles, pamphlets, by Committee for Constitutional Government
Box 1 Folder 5 1928-1947
Box 1 Folder 6-11 1917-1918
Box 1 Folder 12 1925
Includes appraisal of economic problems and policy
Box 1 Folder 13-15
Correspondence, 9/18-2/19
Box 2 Folder 1 1918
1918 Needle Trades Conference of America. Notes from 1918 meeting
Box 2 Folder 3
no date
Box 2 Folder 4-6 1941-1942
Box 2 Folder 7 1918
Price slips for piece work, includes transparencies
Box 2 Folder 8-19 1905-1915
plus no date; Philadelphia, PA.-includes work orders, foundry tags, pay differentials, tool lists, instructions, bills, requisitions
Box 2 Folder 20 1912
paper on filing system by subjects and coding symbols; instructions, logic, examples, n.d., plus "The Place of the College in Collecting and Conserving the Data of Scientific Management" by W. Lewis, 1912
Box 2 Folder 21
Box 3 Folder 1 1914-1915
Box 3 Folder 2 1915
May-15
Box 3 Folder 3 1915
1915 and a 1924 reprint, 15 pp
Box 3 Folder 4 1916
Box 3 Folder 5 1917
Box 3 Folder 6 1918
Box 3 Folder 7 1919
Box 3 Folder 8 1921
Box 3 Folder 9 1922
Box 3 Folder 10 1924
Box 3 Folder 11 1927
1927 and a 1928 reprint
Box 3 Folder 12 1928
124 pp
Box 3 Folder 13 1943
Box 3 Folder 14 1924
Box 4 Folder 1-3
no date
Box 4 Folder 4 1920-1921
Stock/Shareholders- Agreement, R.A. Feiss, et. al. - Owners
Box 4 Folder 5 1925
Owners stockholdings agreement
Box 4 Folder 6 1911
Emma Britten-Welfare Dept. in J & F
Box 4 Folder 7 1920
"Lizzie Likes Her Job"
Box 4 Folder 9 1923
"Experiment and Statistics in the Selection of Employees"
Box 4 Folder 10-11
no date
Box 4 Folder 12 1924
Box 4 Folder 13 1923
Box 4 Folder 14 1925
Box 4 Folder 15 1925
Box 4 Folder 16-17 1918-1977
Box 4 Folder 18 1925
Box 4 Folder 19-32 1932-1953
Box 4 Folder 33 1925
Box 4 Folder 34-35
no date
Box 4 Folder 36 1920
Box 4 Folder 37 1923
"Employee Representation In Industry," p. 44-49, Material on J & F Co
Box 4 Folder 38 1915
Box 5 Folder 1 1953
Photo (Xerox) of Julius Feiss, Co-founder, Joseph & Feiss Co., The Cleveland Press, July 14, 1953, p. 23
Box 5 Folder 2 1926
Box 5 Folder 3 1941
Clippings, Program (which includes history of company)
Box 5 Folder 4
no date
Box 5 Folder 4a 1925-1928
Box 5 Folder 5-7
n.d. (Includes pension booklet, work forms, medical and dental records)
Box 5 Folder 8-11
n.d. (Includes payroll form)
Box 5 Folder 12 1924
Box 5 Folder 13 1918-1920
Box 5 Folder 14 1923
Wage Systems; Planning Department Instrument of Executive Control
Box 5 Folder 15 1924
Box 5 Folder 16 1924
Box 5 Folder 17 1921
Box 5 Folder 18
n.d. (for sewing trousers)
Box 5 Folder 19 1910-1925
Includes Signatures of Frederick Taylor and Frank Gilbreth
Box 5 Folder 20 1920
R.A. Feiss; Feiss Plant; Carl Barth and Miscellaneous photos
Box 6 Folder 1-2
no date
Box 6 Folder 3
n.d. (Balance of Stores, Operating Forecast)
Box 6 Folder 4
no date
Box 6 Folder 5 1928
Box 6 Folder 6
no date
Box 6 Folder 7 1928
Draft
Box 6 Folder 8 1928
Box 6 Folder 9
Draft
Box 6 Folder 10
Draft
Box 6 Folder 11
Draft
Box 6 Folder 12
Draft
Box 6 Folder 13
Draft
Box 6 Folder 14
Draft
Box 6 Folder 15 1928
consulting service and promotional material (photocopies)
Box 6 Folder 16 1928
correspondence
Box 6 Folder 17 1957-1959