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Mss:81 1924-1990 C274

Carey, Herbert H. Herbert H. Carey Papers on Personnel Management, 1924-1990 (inclusive): A Finding Aid

Baker Library Special Collections, Harvard Business School, Harvard University


Harvard Business School, Boston MA 02163.

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Descriptive Summary

Call No.: Mss:81 1924-1990 C274
Repository: Baker Library Special Collections, Harvard Business School, Harvard University
Title: Herbert H. Carey papers on personnel management
Date(s): 1924-1990
Quantity: .5 linear feet (1 box)
Language of materials: English
Abstract: Herbert H. Carey, a mid-twentieth century personnel manager and consultant, collected documents on personnel issues and policies at Western Electric Company and American Telephone and Telegraph Company, 1924-1961.


Gift of Sharon Hartman Strom, 2010

Processing Information:

Processed: April 2011
By: Andrea Cronin

Access Restrictions:

Collection is open for research. Materials stored onsite. Please contact specialcollectionsref@hbs.edu for more information.

Preferred Citation:

Cite as: Herbert H. Carey papers on personnel management, 1924-1990. Baker Library Historical Collections. Harvard Business School.

Biographical Note:

Herbert H. Carey had a lengthy mid-twentieth-century career as a personnel administrator and consultant. By 1922 Carey was an assistant to the personnel director at Western Electric Company. He remained with Western Electric's Personnel Department until the late 1940s, when he became a consultant in the Philadelphia area. His consulting clients appear to have included Leeds and Northrup Company and Electric Service Manufacturing Company.
Carey contributed to the development of the field of personnel management during his career. He published an article entitled "Consultative Supervision" in the United States Chamber of Commerce magazine Nation's Business in April 1937 (Volume 25, Issue 4, p. 44). This was followed in 1942 by "Consultative Supervision and Management" in Personnel, a publication of the American Management Association.

Scope and Content Note:

These personnel management publications, articles, speeches, forms, policies, surveys, and other records, circa 1924 to 1961, were collected by Herbert H. Carey during the course of his career. The earliest records document personnel management policies and activities at Western Electric Company, circa 1920s to 1940s. Some of the Western Electric Co. materials concern the worker efficiency experiments, known as the Hawthorne Studies, that were staged at the company's Hawthorne Works between 1924 and 1933. There are also reports and policy documents created by the American Telephone and Telegraph Company, the parent of Western Electric Company, 1941-1947. Also included are two employee opinion surveys, apparently conducted by Herbert Carey during his years as a consultant, at Electric Service Manufacturing Company in 1948 and Leeds and Northrup Company in 1954.
Herbert Carey gave the collection to Professor Sharon Hartman Strom, who used the materials during her research for her book, Beyond the Typewriter : Gender, Class, and the Origins of Modern American Office Work, 1900-1930 (Urbana : University of Illinois Press, c1992.) The papers include a September 11, 1990 letter from Herbert Carey to Sharon Hartman Strom. Carey discussed his memories of his work experience at Western Electric Company and his involvement in the personnel and human resources management field.

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Additional Index Terms

Employee attitude surveys
Industrial efficiency.
Industrial productivity.
Personnel management.
Personnel departments -- United States -- Employees
Supervision of employees
American Telephone and Telegraph Company -- Personnel management
Western Electric Company -- Personnel management
Carey, Herbert H.
Western Electric Company
American Telephone and Telegraph Company
Western Electric Company.
American Telephone and Telegraph Company.