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Henry Sturgis Dennison Collection
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Mss 49 1900-1952
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The papers of Henry S. Dennison (1877-1952), author and President of Dennison Manufacturing Company include an office memoir, his office records, and correspondence regarding vocational education for women, as well as notes for speeches and books on scientific management and industrial relations.

Dennison started in his family's business as a stenographer. The collection includes an engaging account of office life at the turn of the twentieth century, which features several women office workers. A 1900 memorandum describes a visit to the National Cash Register Factory in Dayton, Ohio, and includes a brief account of women's working conditions there. The collection also contains 7 office diaries from 1911 to 1933 in which secretaries, most likely women, record Dennison's activities.

In later life, Dennison became a prolific author and speaker on industrial management and vocational education. There is material on women active between 1913 and 1917 in the Boston Placement Bureau, a private vocational education and placement agency for Boston public school students, later taken over by the Boston School Committee. This folder includes letters from Susan J. Ginn, acting General Secretary of the Placement Bureau; Edith M. Howes, President of the Girls' Trade Education League; Amy C. Clifton, Director of the Co-operative Employment Bureau of Providence; and Mary Follet of the Women's Municipal League.

Although none of Dennison's work on scientific management focuses on gender, the collection contains some information on women business researchers, including Millicent Pond, who conducted psychological tests on 2700 employees of Scovill Manufacturing Company in 1925; Miss Follet, who lectured on the constructive use of conflict to the Bureau of Personnel Administration in New York City, New York, in 1925 (possibly Miss Mary P. Follett of the Women's Municipal League, who is mentioned elsewhere in the collection); and Virginia Thompson, who wrote about the dissolution of the National Resources Planning Board at the University of California in Berkeley 1947.

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