Manuscript Collections - Lawrence W. Wallace Papers

Oct 18, 2021

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1 linear foot, 6 linear inches (3 LGA-S boxes and one volume)
Herbert Hoover Presidential Library


Lawrence W. Wallace was born in August 1881 in Webberville, Texas. He graduated from Texas A & M and Purdue universities. Wallace was a teacher in the field of management. In 1920 the American Engineering Council (AEC) was created in Washington. Herbert Hoover was named chairman and Wallace was named treasurer. Both men were interested in studying waste in industry. Starting with the Army Management Engineering Training Agency (AMETA) at the Rock Island Arsenal in 1952, Wallace worked 15 years for the federal government. Wallace was also a member in the American Society of Engineers and the American Institute of Industrial Engineering. He wrote books and articles on management and engineering. He continued work with AMETA after his retirement and died in January 1973.


The collection is divided into three subgroups:

ARTICLES, which contains articles, drafts, and speech notes from 1924 to 1963. Topics include the economy, Herbert Hoover, the Great Depression, and management. Arranged alphabetically by title.

CORRESPONDENCE contains letters written from 1932 to 1971. Arranged alphabetically by name.

SUBJECT FILES contains materials on subjects such as the AEC, AMETA, business, the depression, the economy, engineering, Herbert Hoover, the presidential campaigns of 1928 and 1932, industry, management, and unemployment. Types of materials include articles, minutes, photographs, postcards, and notes. Arranged alphabetically by topic.

PROCESSOR: Krista Sellers, July 2012


Box      Content

1          Articles
                     The Balancing of Economic Forces, June 1932
                     The Economics of Machine Production, Sep 1932
                     A Further Analysis of Economic Conditions by C.M. Garland, May 11,1933
                     Hoover the Man, Mar 21, 1929
                     If I Were a Dictator by Glenn Frank, Dec 23, 1931
                     Industrial Engineers’ Opportunity, undated
                     Notes for Washington Post, Dec 29, 1927
                     Permanent Prosperity and Preparedness – A National Plan
                              by Charles Kroll, June 7, 1932
                     T. G. Mararyk and Technics by Vasil Skrach, 1924
                     Waste in Industry, Feb 20, 1925
                     Well, Whatcha Goin’ To Do About It? by Charles Kroll, July 11, 1932
                     Where Management Goes Wrong by J.D. Baxter, 1963
                     Alford, L. P., 1932-1933
                     Army Management Engineering Training Agency (AMETA), 1961-1970
                     Buller, Charlotte, 1970
                     Cooley, Mortimer, E., 1921-1971
                     Davies, Clarence, E., 1963-1972
                     Friedrich, William G., 1958-1963
                     Goddard, Mrs. Robert H., 1958-1960
                     Henle, Raymond, 1970-1972
                     Holden, Paul E., 1963-1970
                     Hoover, Herbert, 1923-1963
                     Hough, Art, 1970
                     International Committee of Scientific Management, 1957-1963
                     Jaklitsch, J. J., 1971
                     Lamperti, Frank, 1971 (includes photo)
                     Lewis, Eugenia, 1970-1971
                     Oliphant,  A. Chambers, 1970
                     Richey, Lawrence, 1928
                     Sharpe, Russell, 1971
                     Wood, Robert, 1970-1971
            Subject Files     
                     American Engineering Council:
                              Article: An Inquiry What Engineers Should Do To Get Out of the
                                        Depression, 1931
                              Article: The Idea of Social Responsibility, Edwin Layton, 1956
                              Constitution and By-Laws, Jan 1929
                              History, Apr 1924
                              Relation of Consumption, Production, and Distribution,1932

2                            Reports, 1930-1936
                              Roster of Members, 1921-1930
                              Minutes (with Wallace comments), 1923
                              Wallace Memorandum, 1931
                     Army Management Engineering Training Agency: Executive Skills
                              Handbook, 1965 (2 folders)
                     American Society of Engineers – Photos, 1947 and undated
                     Business, Nov 22, 1929-Apr 1932
                     Cooley, Mortimer – Poetry and University of Michigan Engineering School,
                              1930 and undated
                     Depression, Nov 25, 1930–Jan 18, 1933
                     Economy, Nov 9, 1932–Sep 28, 1934

3                   Engineering, 1920-1934
                     Frank and Lillian Gilbreth, Apr 7, 1971
                     Hoover, Herbert
                              General, 1926-1972
                              Photographs, undated
                              Postcards, undated
                     Herbert Hoover Medal, 1930-1957
                     Hoover for President Business Paper Editorial Advisory Committee, 1928
                     Hoover for President Engineer’s Committee – Campaign Materials, 1924, 1928,
                              1970 and undated
                     Hunt, Edward Eyre – Notes, undated
                     Industry, Sep 16, 1931-July 1932
                     Republican National Committee – Herbert Hoover Nomination, Aug 11, 1932
                     Scientific Management, 1956-1968
                     Unemployment, Mar 28, 1933-June 17, 1934

4                Scrapbook about Herbert Hoover, 1923-1964 (primarily political cartoons, includes photographs and clippings)