Frank B. Gilbreth Motion Study Photographs

Collection Number: 6126 P

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


DESCRIPTIVE SUMMARY

Title:
Frank B. Gilbreth Motion Study Photographs, 1913-1917
Collection Number:
6126 P
Creator:
Gilbreth, Frank B.
Quantity:
0.3 linear ft.
Forms of Material:
Photographs.
Repository:
Kheel Center for Labor-Management Documentation and Archives, Cornell University Library
Abstract:
Motion studies conducted by Frank B. Gilbreth were undertaken to analyze the efficiency and productive capacity of industrial workers. Photographs were made as single prints, in stereo, or as time series recording component operations which constitute a larger process. Images included in the collection document research techniques, equipment, and operations under analysis.
Language:
Collection material in English


BIOGRAPHICAL NOTE

Frank Bunker Gilbreth, Sr. (July 7, 1868 June 14, 1924)
Gilbreth was a pioneer of motion study and is perhaps best known as the father and central figure of 'Cheaper by the Dozen'.
Gilbreth discovered his vocation as a young building contractor, he looked for ways to make bricklaying faster and easier. As time went on he worked with his wife, Lillian Moller Gilbreth, who studied work habits of manufaturing and clerical employees in all types of industries. He and Lillian started a management consulting firm, Gilbreth, Inc.
While serving in the U.S. Army during World War I, he was assigned to find a quicker and more efficient way to assemble and disasseble small arms. According to Claude George (1968), Gilbreth reduced all motions of the hand into some combinations of 17 basics motions. Gilbreth named the motions therbligs, "Gilbreth" spelled backwards with the th transposed. He used a motion picture camera that was calibrated in fractions of minutes to time the motions workers made.
The Gilbreths were, above all, scientist who sought to teach managers that all aspects of the workplace should be constantly questioned. They believed with the use of their therbligs, there was 'one best way' to do almost anything.

COLLECTION DESCRIPTION

Motion studies conducted by Frank B. Gilbreth were undertaken to analyze the efficiency and productive capacity of industrial workers. Photographs were made as single prints, in stereo, or as time series recording component operations which constitute a larger process. Images included in the collection document research techniques, equipment, and operations under analysis.
SUBJECTS

Names:
Gilbreth, Frank Bunker, 1868-1924

Form and Genre Terms:
Photographs.


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Cite As:
Frank B. Gilbreth Motion Study Photographs #6126 P. Kheel Center for Labor-Management Documentation and Archives, Cornell University Library.

RELATED MATERIALS

Related Collections:
5424 mf: Frank Gilbreth Papers on Microfilm

CONTAINER LIST

Container
Description
Box 1 Folder 1
4 photographs
Box 1 Folder 2
13 photographs
Box 1 Folder 3
7 photographs
Box 1 Folder 4
13 photographs
Box 1 Folder 5
4 photographs