John Diebold papers
- Diebold, John (Person)
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Extent110 linear feet (134 boxes, 137 volumes, 9 cartons)
3 gigabytes* (11 digital audio files, 9 video files)
In 1954, Diebold started his own consulting company, John Diebold and Associates, determined to focus on the management and business decisions relating to the development and use of technology. Much of John Diebold and Associates' early activity concentrated on helping clients select computer programming firms, which numbered very few at the time, to design applications for their businesses. The 1950s marked a transition for businesses as the concept of automation gradually took hold. Diebold's pivotal role in this period is signified by his appearance as the first witness at the U.S. Congress' first Joint Economic Committee Hearings on Automation and Technological Change in 1955. In the same year, he publicly debated Walter Reuther, president of the United Auto Workers, about the employment consequences of automation.
John Diebold and Associates built a reputation based on its expertise in the newly developing field of computerized data processing in business systems, Diebold's company soon morphed into the international firm Diebold Group Inc. by offering consulting services to companies including IBM, AT&T, Xerox, Eastman Kodak, Lockheed, as well as for cities such as New York and Chicago. In 1961, Diebold's firm aided the installment of the world's first electronic banking network, connecting the branches of New York City's Bowery Savings Bank. In 1963, President John F. Kennedy appointed Diebold as one of the leaders of the U.S. delegation to the first U.N. Conference on Science and Technology for Developing Countries. Diebold appeared on the cover of Time magazine in 1965, for a story about America's successful young men.
Capitalizing on his company's success, Diebold started the investment and venture capital firm John Diebold Inc. in 1967. Concurrently, to promote his ever-expanding vision for computerized automation in all aspects of society, Diebold founded the Diebold Institute for Public Policy Studies (DIPPS). He founded Diebold Computer Leasing, Inc. in 1968. Diebold was develop and champion automated information systems for various industries through his work with the Diebold Group and his association with numerous non profit organizations. He was a member and served as chairman of the Carnegie Institute of Washington, the Committee for Economic Development, the Council on Foreign Relations and others organizations. The industries that the Diebold group focused on included health care, banking, bio-technology, air-traffic control, and intelligent vehicles and highways, among others. Diebold sold the consulting arm of Diebold Group to Daimler Benz in 1991. He continued actively participating in DIPPS and other organizations until his death at seventy-nine in 2005.
- Series I. Subject files, 1976-2002
- Series II. Consulting records, 1964-2003
- ___Subseries A. Business planning and market research records, 1986-1991
- ___Subseries B. Nonprofit organizations records, 1988-2003
- ___Subseries C. Investment banking records, 1992-2000
- ___Subseries D. Diebold Institute printed publications, 1964-1992
- Series III. Presentations, conferences, meetings and speeches, 1979-2002
- Series IV. Writing and publishing material, 1971-2002
- Series V. Business correspondence, 1992-2003
- Series VI. Travel records, 1985-1998
- Series VII. Personal papers, 1906-2001
- Series VIII. Clippings, 1951-1999
- Series IX. Printed speeches and articles, 1950-1999
- Series X. Audiovisual materials, 1962-1998
- ___Subseries A. Audio recordings, 1962-1998
- ___Subseries B. Video recordings, 1964-1996
By: Jeremy Meserve and Benjamin Johnson
Audiovisual content on physical storage media has been reformatted when possible. Files were surveyed, screened for privacy and confidentiality concerns, and transferred to secure storage. Content open for research is described at the series and folder levels below.
- Automatic control.
- Automatic machinery.
- Business information services--Management.
- Business--Data processing--Management.
- Computers and civilization.
- Consulting firms.
- Diebold Institute for Public Policy Studies
- Information technology.
- Machinery in the workplace.
- Technological innovations.
- Technology and social change.
- Diebold, John, 1926-2005. John Diebold Papers, 1906-2003: A Finding Aid
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