Series II. Group studies, 1927-1961
Scope and Contents
Series II also includes interviews (divided into groups by division and type of job) and subseries on the Industrial Research Division, the Inspection Branch, and the Operating Branch. Project plans, notes, interview analyses, and interview transcripts (screened for personally-identifiable information) constitute the bulk of the materials in these subseries.
The series also contains plans, reports, and correspondence documenting the attempts by Western Electric in the late 1930s and 1940s to establish a personnel counseling program using the insights and lessons gleaned from the Hawthorne Study. The bulk dates in the series are 1927 to 1933. A few later files are also included, relating to the Hawthorne Study, but they were produced after its conclusion. Researchers should also consult Series III.
The series includes several folders of case histories and medical tests, from which personally-identifiable information could be removed without substantial difficulty. These files are all included on the microfiche, with the exception of “RATR BloodPressure Readings, 1928.” Also included are nine sample log books containing information recorded in test rooms. Personally-identifiable names of test subjects were covered up with white tape for the purpose of producing microfiche, but names are still visible to the naked eye. All nine volumes are contained on fiche in Series III.
Conditions Governing Access
Extent8.6 linear feet (14 boxes, 12 flat boxes, 9 volumes)
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