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William Gomberg Papers
1935-1985

UPT 50 G632

4.0 Cubic feet

Prepared by J.M. Duffin

August 2000

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PROVENANCE

Donated by Adeline Wishengrad Gomberg in 1992 (1992:55). 

 

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ARRANGEMENT

The collection is arranged in six series: Biographical, 1949 - 1987; Correspondence, 1937, 1949 - 1985; Conferences, 1946 - 1966; Academic, 1964 - 1985; Writings, 1957 - 1984; Lectures and Speeches, 1948 - 1972. All the series, except Lectures and Speeches, are arranged alphabetically by subject. The Lecture and Speeches are arranged chronologically. 

 

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BIOGRAPHICAL NOTE

William Gomberg was born in the Brownsville section of Brooklyn, New York in 1911 the son of Alexander and Maries (Shuloff) Gomberg. After graduating from the City College of New York with a Bachelor of Science in 1933, he entered the field of labor relations. Gomberg began his career working for the International Ladies' Garment Workers' Union (IGLWU) as a collective bargaining agent representing the union in contract negotiations. In 1941, Gomberg became the head of the management engineering department of the IGLWU, a post he held until 1956. During this period he studied industrial engineering at New York University and receive his Master's degree in 1941. Six years later he got his Ph.D. from Columbia University. 

Gomberg decided to enter into the academic world in 1956. He became a professor of industrial engineering at Washington University in St. Louis and held visiting professor posts at the University of California, Columbia's Graduate School of Business Administration, and Stanford University. In 1959 he joined the faculty of the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, where he stayed for the remainder of his career as a Professor of Management and Industrial Relations. 

During his time at the Wharton School, Gomberg wrote extensively on the subjects of labor and management. Gomberg worked with Arthur B. Shostak in writing Blue Collar World (1964) and New Perspectives on Poverty (1965). His research varied from a study of the entrepreneurial potential of the Paiute Indians at Pyramid Lake to the effects of technology upon work. Much of his writings during the 1960s and 1970s concentrated upon the psychology of management. For much of this period he worked on collecting material for a history of management theory in the United States. 

William Gomberg died on 8 December 1985 and was survived by his wife, Dr. Adeline Gomberg, and daughter, Paul Gomberg Higgins. 

 

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SCOPE AND CONTENT

The William Gomberg Papers document the scholarly work in Gomberg's two main fields of specialization, labor relations and management history. 

The bulk of the collection contains the writings and research material of William Gomberg during most of his career from 1950 to 1980. This consists of typescripts and reprints of numerous articles written by as well as talks given by Gomberg. Most significant are the research files for his proposed history of the American system of industrial management. The writings series consists almost entirely of secondary source material from newspaper and magazine from circa 1965 to 1975. There is are only a few draft outlines of the text for a few chapters as well as some correspondence regarding his proposals for the book. 

There is some early documentation regarding Gomberg's early activities with the labor movement. This is seen in correspondence he had with the Socialist Party in New York in 1937 regarding his resignation, copies of the arbitration decision of Ford Motor Company in 1949, and the text of speeches given in the late 1940s. His continued interest in the topic is reflected in his writings and studies on such subjects as collective bargaining and the efforts to unionize faculty members at the City University of New York. 

The remainder of the collection consists primarily of copies of newspaper clippings relating to Gomberg, a small selection of course outlines during his tenure at the Wharton School, and conference proceedings. 

 

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CONTROLLED ACCESS HEADINGS

Corporate Name(s)

  • Wharton School.

Subject(s)

  • Collective bargaining--History.--United States
  • Industrial relations--History.--United States
  • Management science.
  • Research, Industrial--Management.

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INVENTORY

 

Biographical 

Box

Folder

Newspaper Articles (1) 1949-1957 

1

1

Newspaper Articles (2) 1949-1957 

1

2

Newspaper Articles (3) 1960-1987 

1

3

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Correspondence 

Box

Folder

A - M 

1

4

American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations 1984-1983 

1

5

American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations 1983 

1

6

Arbitration Decisions, Ford Motor Company 1949 

1

7

Aspin Institute for Humanistic Studies 1985 

1

8

Awards 1951-1955 

1

9

Collective Bargaining 1960 

1

10

City University of New York 1964-1968 

1

11

Gross, James (1) 1966 

1

12

Gross, James (2) 1966 

1

13

Letters to the Editor, Wall Street Journal and New York Times 1984 1985 

1

14

Litwick, Eugene 1979 

1

15

Marshall Plan and Proposed European Trip 1950-1959 

1

16

N-Z 

1

17

Photograph plate 

1

18

Requests for Papers 1951-1984 

1

19

Reprint Permissions 1984 

1

20

Socialist Party Resignation 1937 

1

21

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Conferences 

Box

Folder

Management Conference, University of Maryland 1966 

1

22

National Electronic Conference, "A Glimpse Into the Future" 1966 

1

23

Society for the Advancement of Food Service Research, Proceedings 1969 

1

24

University of Chicago, Conference on Industrial Engineering 1946 

1

25

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Academic 

Box

Folder

Core Program Proposal 

1

26

Courses 

BA 916- Collective Bargaining, Course Material, Fall 1979 

1

27

Overhead Projections 

1

28

Outlines (1) 1964-1983 

1

29

Outlines (2) 1964 1983 

1

30

Student Papers 

Charles N. Evans, "Foundation for Federal Anti-Trust Policy" 1962 

1

31

Petrowsky, Managerial Philosophy 

1

32

Wharton Seminar for Business Writers 1985 

1

33

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Writings 

Box

Folder

"American Management and Its Social Climate" 

1

34

Background Paper on Railroads 

1

35

"Behavior Analysis for Engineers and Administrators" 

1

36

"Blue Collar World: A Review Essay" 

1

37

"Case Studies of Collective Bargaining and Labor-Management Relations" 1979 

1

39

"The Changing Nature of Business Institutions: The Evolving Corporation" 1962 

1

40

Comments on Text by Paul Heyne 1966 

1

41

Consultant's Report on the Role of Free Trade Unions in the Japanese Productivity Program 1957 

1

42

"The Developing Relationship Between Collective Bargaining and Industrial Engineering" 

1

43

"Economic Management vs. Democratic Daydreaming" 1966 

1

44

"Entrepreneurial Psychology of Facing Conflict in Organizations" 1964 

1

45

"Featherbedding: An Assertion of Property Rights" 

1

46

"Freedom as a Disguise for Majority Tyranny" 1967 

1

47

"The Future of Collective Bargaining" 1962 

1

48

"Government and the Problem of Unemployed Young People" 1961 

1

49

"Government Participation in Union Regulation and Collective Bargaining" 1962 

1

50

"The Historical Roots of the Democratic Challenge to Authoritarian Management" 

1

51

"Hoffa: A Study in Power" 

1

52

"The Impact of Foreign Owned Businesses on Collective Bargaining and Labor Management" 1979 

2

1

"The Impact of Technology on Business and Production" 1963 

2

2

"The Impact on Labor or More 'Science' in Management" 1976 

2

3

"Improving Administrative Effectiveness of the NLRB" 1973 

2

4

Industrial Relations 1973 

2

5

"An Investigation of the Entrepreneurial Dynamics of the Firm" 

2

6

"Is the Shorter Work Week Feasible?" 1957 

2

7

"The Job As Property: A New Approach to Automation" 

2

8

"Job Satisfaction: Sorting Out Nonsense" 1973 

2

9

Labor Union Manual on Job Evaluation (in Japanese) 

2

10

"Labor (Trade) Unions" 

2

11

"The Limits of Management" 1984 

2

12

"Mental Health in Industry- Whose Responsibility?" 1966 

2

13

New Perspectives on Poverty 1965 

2

14

Organization of College Professors, City University of New York 1963 

2

15

"The Paradox of Mental Health" 1967 

2

16

"Problems of Economic Growth and Automation" 1961 

2

17

"The Problems of Developing a Managerial Ideology" 

2

18

"Problems in Management Development Programs" 1964 

2

19

Proposal for Research Project to Analyze Current Methods of Work Measurement 

2

20

Proposal to Study the Adequacy of Negotiated Job Security Provisions 1979 

2

21

Proposed Manpower Study for the U.S. Dept. of Labor 

2

22

Proposed Outline for a New Text in Management 

2

23

Report on the Business Opportunities Service Station 

2

24

Review of The World of Work by Robert Dubin 

2

25

"The Roots of Managerial Legitimacy" 

2

26

"The Scope of the Inquiry: The American System of Industrial Management" 

2

27

"Some Developments in the Relationship between Collective Bargaining and Industrial Engineering" 

2

28

"Some Myths, Fancies, And Artifacts for Managers In Search of Legitimacy" 

2

29

"Some Observations on Historical and Contemporary Management Thought" 1966 

2

30

"Some Observations on the Problems of the Relationships bet. Union and Management in the Transportation 1960 

2

31

"Some Problems in the Arbitration of Wage Incentive Payment Plans" 1957 

2

32

"Special Study Committees" 1966 

2

33

"Titillating Therapy: Management Development's Most Fashionable Fad" 1967 

2

34

Trade Unions and Industrial Engineering, Galleys 

2

35

"Training in Industry: Education or Indoctrination?" 1964 

2

36

"The Trouble With Democratic Management" 1966 

2

37

"Union Policy Experimentation in a Volatile Industry" 

2

38

"The Use of Psychology in Industry: A Trade Union Point of View" 1957 

2

39

"'We Need to be Shown' A Study of the Talents, Work Potential and Aspirations of Pyramid Lake Indians" 1962 

2

40

"The Workplace Reaches Out: A Study of Organizational Impropriation" 1974 

2

41

"Union Policy Experimentation in Volatile Industry" 1968 

2

42

"The Use of Psychology in Industry: A Trade Union Point of View" 1957 

2

43

No Title 

2

44

The American System of Industrial Management 

Proposals (1) 1972-1984 

2

45

Proposals (2) 1972-1984 

2

46

Introduction 

2

47

Chapter One (1) 

2

48

Chapter One (2) 

2

49

Chapter One (3) 

2

50

Chapter Three (1) 

2

51

Chapter Three (2) 

2

52

Chapter Three (3) 

2

53

Chapter Four (1) 

2

54

Chapter Four (2) 

3

1

Chapter Four (3) 

3

2

Chapter Four (4) 

3

3

Chapter Four (5) 

3

4

Chapter Five (1) 

3

5

Chapter Five (2) 

3

6

Chapter Five (3) 

3

7

Chapter Five (4) 

3

8

Chapter Six (1) 

3

9

Chapter Six (2) 

3

10

Chapter Six (3) 

3

11

Chapter Six (4) 

3

12

Chapter Six (5) 

3

13

Chapter Six (6) 

3

14

Chapter Six (7) 

3

15

Chapter Six (8) 

3

16

Chapter Seven 

3

17

Chapter Eight (1) 

3

18

Chapter Eight (2) 

3

19

Chapter Eight (3) 

3

20

Chapter Nine (1) 

3

21

Chapter Nine (2) 

3

22

Chapter Ten (1) 

3

23

Chapter Ten (2) 

3

24

Chapter Eleven (1) 

3

25

Chapter Eleven (2) 

3

26

Chapter Twelve (1) 

3

27

Chapter Thirteen (1) 

3

28

Chapter Thirteen (2) 

3

29

Chapter Thirteen (3) 

3

30

Chapter Fourteen 

3

31

Chapter Fifteen 

4

1

Chapter Sixteen 

4

2

Sources for Quotable Material (1) 

4

3

Sources for Quotable Material (2) 

4

4

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Lectures and Speeches 

Box

Folder

1948-1949 1948-1949 

4

5

1949 1949 

4

6

1949-1950 1949-1950 

4

7

1951 1951 

4

8

1951-1952 1951-1952 

4

9

1951-1955 1951-1955 

4

10

1961 1961 

4

11

"Comments on the session on Work Rules" 1961 

4

12

"The Runaway Shop" 1961 

4

13

Young President's Organization 1961 

4

14

"Some Observations on Future Markets for the Food Service Industries 1966 

4

15

"Market and Wage Problems in the Food Service Industries" 1967 

4

16

1972 1972 

4

17

n.d. 

4

18

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