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Frank and Lillian Gilbreth papers


Scope and Contents

Biographical Note

Detailed Description

Diaries and Scrapbooks





Research Materials

Audio Visual

Flow Carts

Awards and Artifacts

Printed Materials

Family and Personal Life


Oversized Materials

James S. Perkins

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Frank and Lillian Gilbreth papers, 1869-2000 | Purdue University Libraries, Archives and Special Collections

By Joanne Mendes, Archives Assistant

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Collection Overview

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Predominant Dates:1949-1968

Primary Creator: Gilbreth, Lillian Moller (1878-1972)

Other Creators: Gilbreth, Frank B. (Frank Bunker) (1868-1924)

Extent: 83.5 Cubic feet. More info below.


The collection is arranged into fourteen series:

Diaries and Scrapbooks, ca. 1895-1967

Correspondence, ca. 1906-1970

Clippings, ca. 1913-1996

Publications, ca. 1904-1967

Conferences, ca. 1924-1972

Research Materials, ca. 1873-1968

Audio Visual, ca. 1915-1979

Flow Carts, ca. 1908-1938

Awards and Artifacts, ca. 1917-1984

Printed Materials, ca. 1876-1988

Family and Personal Life, ca. 1864-1972

Photographs, ca. 1864-2000

Oversized Materials, ca. 1920-1978

James S. Perkins, ca. 1940-1995

Date Acquired: 00/00/1972

Subjects: Carey, Ernestine Gilbreth, Disabled veterans, Elliott, Edward C. (Edward Charles), 1874-1960, Factory management, Gantt, Henry Laurence, 1861-1919, General Electric Company, Gilbreth, Frank B. (Frank Bunker), 1868-1924, Gilbreth, Frank B. (Frank Bunker), 1911-2001, Gilbreth, Inc., Gilbreth, Lillian Moller, 1878-1972, Gilbreth and Company, Gilbreth Contractors, Home economics, Hovde, Frederick L., 1908-1983, Industrial engineering, Industrial management, Kitchens, Motion study, New England Butt Company, People with disabilities, Perkins, James S., Potter, A. A. (Andrey Abraham), 1882-, Shaw, Anne G., Taylor, Frederick Winslow, 1856-1915, Time management, Waseda Daigaku, Women's Archives at Purdue University, Women engineers

Forms of Material: Blueprints, Clippings (Information artifacts), Flow charts, Pamphlets, Photographic prints, Scrapbooks, Sound recordings

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The Gilbreth Papers documents the professional and personal lives of Frank Gilbreth and Lillian Gilbreth. The collection consists of personal papers, letters, correspondence, photographs, and other memorabilia that Lillian Gilbreth collected during her life regarding her youth, marriage, family, and career.

Biographical Note

Lillian Evelyn Moller was born May 24, 1878 in Oakland, California to William Moller, a successful plumbing business owner, and Annie Delger Moller. The oldest surviving daughter of nine children, Lillian became adept at aiding her often ailing mother in the management of a large well-to-do household. A shy child, Lillian was home-schooled by her mother until she was nine. Once in school, Lillian excelled at her studies and ended up graduating high school with straight As. In 1896, she entered the University of California and became the first woman in the university's history to deliver a commencement address when she graduated in 1900. The following fall, Lillian moved to New York to start her graduate work at Columbia University. An illness forced her to return to California but in 1901 she returned to the University of California and earned a master's degree in literature. In the spring of 1903, Lillian, along with a group of friends, set out for the East Coast to begin a six month tour of Europe. They arrived in Boston and had a few days to sightsee before boarding their ship. One of her friends, Minnie Bunker, introduced Lillian to her cousin, Frank Bunker Gilbreth. Frank, a confirmed bachelor, became infatuated with Lillian and was waiting at the dock when her ship returned. Six months after their first meeting he proposed and on October 19, 1904 Frank and Lillian were married in the living room of her parents home in Oakland, California.

Subject/Index Terms

Carey, Ernestine Gilbreth
Disabled veterans
Elliott, Edward C. (Edward Charles), 1874-1960
Factory management
Gantt, Henry Laurence, 1861-1919
General Electric Company
Gilbreth, Frank B. (Frank Bunker), 1868-1924
Gilbreth, Frank B. (Frank Bunker), 1911-2001
Gilbreth, Inc.
Gilbreth, Lillian Moller, 1878-1972
Gilbreth and Company
Gilbreth Contractors
Home economics
Hovde, Frederick L., 1908-1983
Industrial engineering
Industrial management
Motion study
New England Butt Company
People with disabilities
Perkins, James S.
Potter, A. A. (Andrey Abraham), 1882-
Shaw, Anne G.
Taylor, Frederick Winslow, 1856-1915
Time management
Waseda Daigaku
Women's Archives at Purdue University
Women engineers

Box and Folder Listing

Browse by Series:

[Series 1: Diaries and Scrapbooks, ca. 1895-1967],
[Series 2: Correspondence, ca. 1906-1970],
[Series 3: Clippings, ca. 1913-1996],
[Series 4: Publications, ca. 1904-1967],
[Series 5: Conferences, ca. 1924-1972],
[Series 6: Research Materials, ca. 1873-1968],
[Series 7: Audio Visual, ca. 1915-1979],
[Series 8: Flow Carts, ca. 1908-1938],
[Series 9: Awards and Artifacts, ca. 1917-1984],
[Series 10: Printed Materials, ca. 1876-1988],
[Series 11: Family and Personal Life, ca. 1864-1972],
[Series 12: Photographs, ca. 1864-2000],
[Series 13: Oversized Materials, ca. 1920-1978],
[Series 14: James S. Perkins, ca. 1940-1995],