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Frederick Winslow Taylor, Stevens Class of 1883, was an inventor and engineer who pioneered the application of engineering principles and time study to production and shop management. Scientific management, as it was termed, is still used in industry today and remains a much-debated subject in labor history studies. The Frederick Winslow Taylor digital collection represents a sampling of the much larger physical collection housed in the Samuel C. Williams Library and consists of Taylor's personal and work-related correspondence, including his communications with companies interested in implementing scientific management. Also included are rough drafts of his major publications, translations of his works on scientific management and the cutting of metal, examples of forms developed to improve shop efficiency, glass slides of factories and offices using scientific management, articles written by Taylor on his system, and responses from readers. Correspondents include Louis Brandeis, Morris Llewellyn Cooke, Ida Tarbell, Henry Gantt, and the administrative officers of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers.

 

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