Wellcome Library Western Manuscripts and Archives catalogue

well! @daviding has done it once again, a really interesting set of Tavistock Institute archives in the Wellcome Library (in London, UK):

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NameTavistock Institute of Human Relations
DescriptionThis collection contains both catalogued and uncatalogued materials. Please contact collections@wellcome.ac.uk for more information or to request access to uncatalogued records.The archive provides a comprehensive record of the formation, establishment and development of the Institute over a period of 70 years from the records of the projects with the War Office Selection Board in the 1940s to those of significant projects into the 21st century. The work of key figures in the development of the socio-psychological approach to business management and the working environment is substantially represented as are signature projects in collaboration with major manufacturing companies in the 1950s and 1960s in the context of Britain’s post-War economic revival. There is a wealth of information about social structure in the field work interviews for various projects, including several studies of aspects of the health service. Records of other projects and events organised by the Institute illustrate the range of its consultancy, research, evaluation and training initiatives throughout the later 20th and early 21st centuries.

These are just the descriptions of the papers, but they are fun.

Post-WWII Civil Resettlement Units: http://archives.wellcomelibrary.org/DServe/dserve.exe?dsqIni=Dserve.ini&dsqApp=Archive&dsqCmd=Show.tcl&dsqDb=Catalog&dsqPos=0&dsqSearch=%28RefNo%3D%3D%27SATIH%2FB%2F2%2F1%2F2%27%29

The famous Glacier Project: http://archives.wellcomelibrary.org/DServe/dserve.exe?dsqIni=Dserve.ini&dsqApp=Archive&dsqDb=Catalog&dsqCmd=show.tcl&dsqSearch=(RefNo==%27SATIH%2FB%2F2%2F2%27)

The Glacier Metal Co. Ltd was a large UK manufacturer of plain bearings, with products used by many engineering companies, particularly the motor industry.

In 1949, the Government financed research work into the social aspects of industrial organisation, with a project undertaken jointly by the company and the Tavistock Institute of Human Relations. The research considered the labour turnover process in two factories, considering an employee’s movement through a company as a “distinctive social process with a pattern of its own”.

The project served to address industrial relations problems, identifying culture as a key element for intervention in organisational life. Elliot Jacques, in his role heading the project, used the concept of the use of social structure as a defence against anxiety. The findings of the project were later published in Jacques’ 1951 book, The Changing Culture of a Factory.

This project was initiated by the Human Factors Panel of the Committee on Industrial Productivity set up by the Lord President of the Council under the Scientific Advisor to the Government, and administered by the MRC. The Human Factors Panel also funded a Tavistock training programme, which offered postgraduate education for field workers. All six industrial fellows participated in the Glacier Project, alongside another Tavistock project. Each was also placed in a therapy group and given a personal tutor. One year into the two and a half year programme, the participants returned to their industries to share what they had learnt so far.

A later project was undertaken in 1968-1969 with the Glacier Metal Company, which considered the training of designers, draughtsmen and other technicians at Glacier.

Amongst other little gems, a project in Spring 1978 with the Systems Group at the Open University ( http://archives.wellcomelibrary.org/DServe/dserve.exe?dsqIni=Dserve.ini&dsqApp=Archive&dsqDb=Catalog&dsqCmd=show.tcl&dsqSearch=(RefNo==%27SATIH%2FB%2F2%2F77%27) ) – “Elliot Stern was approached by the Systems Group to study the problems and strains experienced in the relations between the group and the rest of the Faculty, with particular focus on understanding organisational intervention through participation. “

Joint enterprises in social services (the Cresset Project, action research): 

The Cresset Project was an action research project initially funded by the Department of Health and Social Security to undertake research to inform the creation of models to facilitate contributions to community mental health and the integration of the physically handicapped and elderly with the able-bodied. The Cresset was a multi-purpose community centre which brought together commercial activities, leisure and recreation facilities, day centres for the elderly and handicapped, housing and community worker offices, and other community centres.



Tavistock worked with the Community Service Volunteers to create a two day non-residential workshop on “Managing Uncertainty” with a purpose of helping attendees to become more effective in their various roles.



Overview: http://archives.wellcomelibrary.org/DServe/dserve.exe?dsqIni=Dserve.ini&dsqApp=Archive&dsqDb=Catalog&dsqCmd=NaviTree.tcl&dsqField=RefNo&dsqItem=SATIH/B/2/1/2#HERE

Item-level list: http://archives.wellcomelibrary.org/DServe/dserve.exe?dsqIni=Dserve.ini&dsqApp=Archive&dsqCmd=Overview.tcl&dsqDb=Catalog&dsqSearch=%28AltRefNo%3D%27SA%2FTIH%2FB%2F2%27%29&dsqNum=50&PF=No&dsqPos=23