F.W. Taylor

Frederick Winslow Taylor Collection


Frederick Winslow Taylor (1856-1915), pioneered the application of engineering principles to shop management in the movement that came to be known as scientific management. The collection consists largely of Taylor's personal and work-related correspondence, including his communications with companies interested in implementing scientific management.

Also included are rough drafts of his major publications, translations of his works on scientific management and the cutting of metal, examples of forms developed to improve shop efficiency, glass slides of factories and offices using scientific management, articles written by Taylor on his system, and responses from readers.

Correspondents include Louis Brandeis, Morris Llewellyn Cooke, Ida Tarbell, Henry Gantt, and the administrative officers of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. Also included is a collection of memorial letters written by Taylor's associates after his death. Besides letters, the collection includes Taylor's work journal from Midvale Steel.

The Stevens library also houses a collection of some of the belongings of the Taylor family, including portraits, photographs, furniture, and other ephemera.

For an overview of some of the items in the collection, please view the Classified Guide to the Frederick Winslow Taylor Collection, which is an index to the physical collection at Stevens compiled by Elizabeth Gardner Hayward in 1951. For more information about the F.W. Taylor Collection, please contact:


Leah Loscutoff
Archives and Special Collections Librarian
Phone: 201.216.5416
Fax: 201.216.8319

Doris Oliver
Assistant Curator
Phone: 201.216.5415
Fax: 201.216.8319

Digital Collections

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F. W. Taylor Collection


Information and images from the Taylor collection are freely available for non-commercial use with the following acknowledgment:

Frederick Winslow Taylor Collection
Samuel C. Williams Library
Stevens Institute of Technology
Hoboken, NJ

For commercial uses of the collection, please contact Doris Oliver.