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Fred Telford-Charles Polk Messick papers


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The relationship between Fred Telford and Charles Polk Messick began in 1917. The pair, relatively new to public administration, met while working for separate firms on a project in Canada. For the next 50 years, Telford and Messick collaborated on numerous occasions to help advance the theory and practice of public personnel administration.

Fred Telford, born in 1881, received a philosophy degree from the University of Chicago in 1918 and a Master of Arts from George Washington University in psychology and political science in 1925. While in school, Telford was beginning a distinguished career in the personnel profession. In 1913 he began a position with the Illinois State Civil Service Commission and, four years later, joined the staff of Griffenhagen and Associates, Ltd., where he met Charles Polk Messick. The meeting eventually led to a full-time position for Telford as a senior staff member with the Bureau of Public Personnel Administration.

Beginning with the Bureau in 1922, Telford encountered many opportunities to further his knowledge of the personnel field. He performed research work, advised both public and private organizations on how to improve their personnel systems, and edited the monthly magazine

Public Personnel Studies. His work was well received and he was promoted to Director of the Bureau in 1924. Through this position, Telford continued his work with Messick, and became associated with William Gorham Rice and F. A. Moss. These men proved to be valuable colleagues and friends for the duration of Telford's career. The Bureau of Public Personnel Administration closed in 1932, a casualty of the Depression.

In May 1935, Telford received a job with the Works Progress Administration as a member of the headquarters staff. While there, his particular interests led him to focus on those procedures for personnel projects which were used to provide employment for white collar workers. He also focused on writing manuals for use in personnel records, classification, salary plans, some phases of recruiting, the collection and analysis of leave of absence data, and service ratings.

In 1936, Telford left the Works Progress Administration and began working as a consultant for public and private organizations. Telford provided consultation for the United States and Canadian governments and for the Massachusetts, New York, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia, and California state governments. In addition he worked for the following municipalities: Cleveland, Chicago, Cincinnati, Indianapolis, Toledo, Portland, Los Angeles, Columbus, and Minneapolis. Telford's consulting involved position classification, salary levels, recruiting in all its phases, employee ratings, and most other personnel operations, including personnel legislation and personnel regulations. As a consultant, Telford met another important connection, William Brownrigg, the executive officer of the State of California State Personnel Board. The two corresponded regularly throughout the rest of their careers.

In 1949, Telford took a position as Senior Associate on the staff of Charles P. Messick and Associates. Messick and Associates participated in consulting and advisory work for national, state, and municipal governments as well as private organizations. These included the state of Massachusetts, the cities of Newark and Cincinnati, the Delaware Commission for the Feeble Minded, the Masonic Home of Burlington, the Chrysler Corporation, Delaware Power and Light Company, and New Castle County Water Company, among others. The firm also enjoyed a close working relationship with McDowell-Mitchell Associates, management consultants in the area of public relations. The two organizations used their affiliate status in order to provide a new, more extensive and integrated service through the utilization of their experienced and competent personnel.

Charles P. Messick was born in Sussex County Delaware on June 1, 1882. He received his master's degree in 1909 at Delaware College (University of Delaware). In 1910 he earned another master's degree from the University of Pennsylvania. That same year he moved to New Jersey and began teaching.

Messick began work with the New Jersey State Civil Service Commission as a special examiner in 1910 and served as assistant chief examiner of the Commission from 1915–1917. From 1917–1949, Messick served as the Commission's chief examiner and supervised some 75,000 positions in New Jersey's state and local government services. This position enabled Messick to influence the creation of many civil service administrations in the United States and Canada. His work encouraged many state and local governments to set up some form of a civil service system. Messick believed that public personnel systems should be used for reasons other than curbing the control of politicians over public offices. He thought that the public service offices could be professionalized and thus better serve the public.

While serving as the New Jersey Commission's chief examiner, Messick also organized and presided over the Board of Trustees of the Bureau of Public Personnel Administration that served as the headquarters staff of the Civil Service Assembly of the United States and Canada. He also held almost every office in the Assembly, including the offices of vice president, president, and member and chairman of the executive council. In addition, he served on every important committee created by the Civil Service Assembly. It was after his retirement from the New Jersey State Civil Service Commission that Messick began Charles P. Messick and Associations.

Telford remained with Messick and Associates until the 1960s. While working for Messick, Telford began to revise his old classification and pay manuals and wrote new treatises on personnel management during the 1950s and 1960s. He relied on the expertise of Charles Messick and William Brownrigg to help edit his works. Included in his published works are

The Telford Classification Manual, published posthumously, Personnel Principles and Practices, The Principles of Public Personnel Administration, and various magazine articles.

The Fred Telford - Charles Polk Messick papers includes material generated during the careers of the two men and spans the dates 1913-1972. The 12 linear feet of material includes correspondence, reports, manuscripts, and printed material. The materials of this collection are from the personal papers of Fred Telford. Telford was encouraged by Charles Messick in the late 1960s to donate the papers to the University and the acquisition was completed in 1971.

The collection surveys the history of public personnel administration through the personal writings and professional work of Telford and Messick. This collection provides valuable information about the evolution of public personnel administration. It features manuscripts on an assortment of personnel topics; correspondence with important figures in the field such as William Brownrigg, F.A. Moss, and William Gorham Rice; and recommendations on personnel problems in various areas of the country. Since both men began their careers during the founding of the civil service program, their thoughts chronicle the evolution of personnel administration. From the early writings of the 1920s, which attempted to define the field and the relationship of its actors, to the theoretical debates captured in Telford's exchange with William Brownrigg, to Telford's late publications on the science and art of personnel management, this collection provides a significant source for research on the history of public administration.

Specific topics discussed include classification systems and job definitions, pay scales, efficiency rating reports, and examinations for employment. Finally, the printed material adds insight into the other professional interests of Telford and Messick.

The collection is arranged into five series. Series I, Telford Correspondence, is highlighted by an ongoing dialog with William Brownrigg regarding Telford's public administration theories. The series also includes correspondence between Telford and various municipalities seeking both advice and his services.

The second series contains the product of Telford's many professional projects. Included are public administration proposals for many large cities and as well as several states.

Series III, Manuscripts, displays the formal writings of Telford, Messick, and others. The fourth series consists of material regarding job classification. It includes the various tests and evaluation methods used through the years in various regions with respect to many different jobs. Finally, series V is comprised of printed material collected by Telford throughout his lifetime.

  1. Boxes 1-13: Shelved in SPEC MSS record center cartons
  2. Removals: Shelved in SPEC MSS oversize boxes (24 inches)

Gift of Charles Polk Messick, 1971.

Processed by Kim Sebold, 1990. Revised by Paul Dziewisz, June 1993. Encoded by Thomas Pulhamus, March 2010. Further encoding by Lauren Connolly and Tiffany Saulter, May 2016.

University of Delaware Library Special Collections
Finding Aid Author
University of Delaware Library, Special Collections
Finding Aid Date
2010 March 2
Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research.

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Collection Inventory

Scope and Contents

This series contains letters, memoranda, and reports regarding the public administration work of Fred Telford and the many agencies with which he worked. It contains two subseries, one in chronological order and the other an exchange of letters.

Scope and Contents

This subseries traces the correspondence of Fred Telford through his many years of employment. The content of the correspondence is consistent with Telford's job transitions summarized in the biographical note. Among the noteworthy subjects are the Griffenhagen Agency, the Oakland Free Library, Charles P. Messick and Associates, the Bureau of Public Personnel Administration, and several requests for both Telford's services and his informal advice.

1913 Oct 3.
Box 1 Folder F1
1923 Aug-Sep.
Box 1 Folder F2
1925 Jan.
Box 1 Folder F3
1925 Feb.
Box 1 Folder F4
1925 Mar.
Box 1 Folder F5
1925 Mar.
Box 1 Folder F6
1926 Jun.
Box 1 Folder F7
1926 Jul-Oct.
Box 1 Folder F8
1928 Jan.
Box 1 Folder F9
1928 Jun.
Box 1 Folder F10
1928 Jul.
Box 1 Folder F11
Box 1 Folder F12
Scope and Contents

Civil Service Assembly of the US and Canada. "Report of Technical Committee on Rules for the Installation and Administration of Classification and Compensation Plans."

1932 Mar-Apr.
Box 1 Folder F13
1932 Jul 8.
Box 1 Folder F14
Scope and Contents

Memorandum written by Telford suggesting improvements to the classification plan of the Department of Civil Service.

1932 Jul-Dec.
Box 1 Folder F15
1933 Jan-Jun.
Box 1
Report #2, 1934 Sep 11.
Box 1 Folder F17
Report #3, 1934 Sep 15.
Box 1 Folder F18
Report #6, 1934 Sep 17.
Box 1 Folder F19
Summary Report, 1934 Sep 21.
Box 1 Folder F20
Report #7, 1934 Sep 22.
Box 1 Folder F21
1935 Oct-Nov.
Box 1 Folder F22
1935 Dec.
Box 1 Folder F23
1936 Jan-Feb.
Box 1 Folder F24
1936 May.
Box 1 Folder F25
1936 Sep-Dec.
Box 1 Folder F26
1938 Apr-Jul.
Box 1 Folder F27
1938 Aug-Oct.
Box 1 Folder F28
1939 Jan-Feb.
Box 1 Folder F29
1939 Mar-May.
Box 1 Folder F30
1939 Jun.
Box 1 Folder F31
1939 Jul.
Box 1 Folder F32
1939 Sep.
Box 1 Folder F33
1939 Oct-Dec.
Box 1 Folder F34
1940 Jan-Feb.
Box 1 Folder F35
1940 Mar-Apr.
Box 1 Folder F36
1940 May.
Box 1 Folder F37
1940 Jun.
Box 1 Folder F38
1940 Jul.
Box 1 Folder F39
1940 Sep.
Box 1 Folder F40
1940 Oct-Nov.
Box 1 Folder F41
1940 Dec.
Box 1 Folder F42
1941 Feb.
Box 1 Folder F43
1941 Apr.
Box 1 Folder F44
1940 Dec-1941 May.
Box 1 Folder F45
1941 Jun-Jul.
Box 1 Folder F46
1943 Jun.
Box 1 Folder F47
1944 Sep.
Box 1 Folder F48
1944 Oct.
Box 1 Folder F49
1944 Nov.
Box 1 Folder F50
1946 Feb-Oct.
Box 1 Folder F51
1950 Aug.
Box 1 Folder F52
1951 Aug-Nov.
Box 1 Folder F53
1952 Jan-Nov.
Box 1 Folder F54
Box 1 Folder F55
1954 Oct.
Box 1 Folder F56
Box 1 Folder F57
1956 Jan-Mar.
Box 1 Folder F58
1956 Apr.
Box 1 Folder F59
1956 May.
Box 1 Folder F60
1956 Oct-Dec.
Box 1 Folder F61
1957 Mar-Dec.
Box 1 Folder F62
1958 Jan-Dec.
Box 1 Folder F63
Box 1 Folder F64
1962 Jan.
Box 1 Folder F65
Box 1 Folder F66
Box 2 Folder F67
Box 2 Folder F68
Box 2 Folder F69
Scope and Contents

The subseries is a theoretical exchange between Fred Telford and William Brownrigg regarding the latter's notion of a "human enterprise process" in public administration.

Telford - Brownrigg correspondence.
Box 2 Folder F70

Scope and Contents

This series contains the output from numerous projects with which Fred Telford was involved. Clients include state and local governments as well as federal agencies. The projects were undertaken during Telford's employment with several agencies including Griffenhagen and Associates, the Bureau of Public Personnel Administration, Works Progress Administration, and Messick and Associates.

Reports, tests, and questionnaires.
Box 2 Folder F71
Reports, tests, and questionnaires, 1932-1940.
Box 2 Folder F72
Civil Service Commission, 1950-1955.
Box 2 Folder F73
Los Angeles County Bureau of Efficiency, 1929.
Box 2 Folder F74
Recommended pay scales for classes of positions in the classified service, 1932-1934.
Box 2 Folder F75
An ordinance establishing a schedule of compensation for offices and employees, 1932-1933.
Box 2 Folder F76
Installation of the adjusted schedule of compensation, 1933-1934.
Box 2 Folder F77
News clippings, 1933.
Box 2 Folder F78
San Diego Civil Service Commission, 1933.
Box 2 Folder F79
Amended Compensation Plan, 1941-1942.
Box 2 Folder F80
Article 17 County Charter on Civil Service.
Box 2 Folder F81
Charter and Administrative Code, 1935 Jun.
Box 2 Folder F82
Personnel Study.
Box 2 Folder F83
Classification of city positions and compensation schedules, 1938.
Box 2 Folder F84
State Draft of a Personnel Act, 1952.
Box 2 Folder F85
Delaware Commission for the Feeble Minded, 1954.
Box 2 Folder F86
Indianapolis. Citizens Advisory Committee, 1944.
Box 2 Folder F87
Scope and Contents

Two reports and a speech apparently sent for Telford's review.

State Employment Commission, 1932 Mar 1.
Box 2 Folder F88
Miscellaneous pamphlets, 1953-1954.
Box 2 Folder F89
Miscellaneous reports, 1953-1954.
Box 2 Folder F90
Civil Service Department, 1938-1941.
Box 2 Folder F91
Civil Service Department, 1938 Aug.
Box 2 Folder F92
Qualifying examination for personnel classification administrators, 1938 Jun.
Box 2 Folder F93
State Personnel Director, 1938 Jul.
Box 2 Folder F94
City of Hamtramck, 1957.
Box 2 Folder F95
Compensation Plan, 1956.
Box 2 Folder F96
Constitution of the State of New Jersey, 1960.
Box 2 Folder F97
State Chamber of Commerce report, 1934.
Box 2 Folder F98
Regulations-Civil Service Department, 1944 May 5.
Box 2 Folder F99
Schematic lists, 1947.
Box 2 Folder F100
Box 2 Folder F101
Box 2 Folder F102
Survey report of cartage allowances for milk subdealers, 1953.
Box 2 Folder F103
Report on the personnel program procedures and products of the Masonic Home and Charity Foundation of New Jersey, 1956.
Box 2 Folder F104
Newark Public Library, 1946.
Box 2 Folder F105
Board of city commissions, 1950.
Box 2 Folder F106
Classification and pay report, 1950.
Box 3 Folder F107
Classification and pay plans.
Box 3 Folder F108
Police and fire academy, 1950.
Box 3 Folder F109
Standardization and classification, 1950.
Box 3 Folder F110
Complete specifications for the classes covering the Newark City Service, 1951.
Box 3 Folder F111
Complete specifications for the classes covering the Newark City Service, 1951.
Box 3 Folder F112
Scope and Contents

Telford's copy.

The principal classification and pay procedures, 1950.
Box 3 Folder F113
Prepared classification and pay plans, 1950.
Box 3 Folder F114
Report on the New Jersey State Civil Service Commission by Theodore H. Smith, president, 1947.
Box 3 Folder F115
Chamber of Commerce Reports of Bureau of Public Personnel, 1932.
Box 3 Folder F116
Proposed pay plan, 1932.
Box 3 Folder F117
Draft of personnel rules, 1933.
Box 3 Folder F118
Service rating regulation suggested for the Binghamton City Hospital.
Box 3 Folder F119
Miscellaneous reports, 1932-1940.
Box 3 Folder F120
Miscellaneous reports, 1933-1941.
Box 3 Folder F121
State Employment Service.
Box 3 Folder F122
Department of personnel wage data, 1931.
Box 3 Folder F123
Public personnel administration, 1936.
Box 3 Folder F124
Miscellaneous reports and questionnaires, 1938-1955.
Box 3 Folder F125
Bureau of Government Research - position descriptions, 1939.
Box 3 Folder F126
Suggested pay plan for nonprofessional positions, 1947.
Box 3 Folder F127
Study of present salary schedule of the professional employees and analysis of operations, 1950.
Box 3 Folder F128
Department of Personnel wage and salary schedule, 1952.
Box 3 Folder F129
Personnel classification and pay plan, vol. I - II, 1956.
Box 3 Folder F130
Personnel classification and pay plan, vol. III, 1956.
Box 3 Folder F131
Wage and salary schedules, 1956.
Box 4 Folder F132
Waste collection, 1956.
Box 4 Folder F133
Memorandum of suggested changes in civil service laws.
Box 4 Folder F134
Miscellaneous government pamphlets, 1953-1956.
Box 4 Folder F135
Job classifications.
Box 4 Folder F136
Suggested personnel program contained in the new charter for the city, 1951.
Box 4 Folder F137
Bureau of Personnel.
Box 4 Folder F138
Examination for Personnel Director, 1939.
Box 4 Folder F139
Milwaukee government service, 1936.
Box 4 Folder F140
Offices and positions.
Box 4 Folder F141
Various state examinations.
Box 4 Folder F142
Civil Service Commission exams.
Box 4 Folder F143
Civil Service Commission exams (more).
Box 4 Folder F144
Pay report, 1954.
Box 4 Folder F145
Reports, 1953.
Box 4 Folder F146
Pay data, January 1, 1954.
Box 4 Folder F147
Pay data, January 1, 1954.
Box 4 Folder F148
Scope and Contents

(copy of F 147)

Pay data, March 15, 1954.
Box 4 Folder F149
Annual report of the director, 1923 Jun 30.
Box 4 Folder F150
Statements requested by G.A. Bowers, 1925 Mar 2.
Box 4 Folder F151
Aptitude tests for elementary and high school teachers, 1929.
Box 4 Folder F152
"The Present Status of Service Rating Systems", 1933.
Box 4 Folder F153
Outline, suggested course for personnel trainees, 1939.
Box 4 Folder F154
"Position classification and pay plans-their development, installation, and administration in the public service", 1939.
Box 4 Folder F155
Directions for the use of fanfold personnel form, Executive Orders, Stenographers Handbook, and Occupational Analysis Publications, 1939 Apr 6, 1938 Jun 24, 1942 Mar, 1945 Nov.
Box 4 Folder F156
Survey of the motion picture industry, 1941.
Box 4 Folder F157
Exemptions survey of the motion pictures industry, 1941.
Box 4 Folder F158
Specifications for immigrations positions.
Box 4 Folder F159
Synopsis of activities - border port or station, 1939.
Box 4 Folder F160
Regulations covering the adoption and administration of classification, pay, and efficiency rating plans for field positions in the immigration and naturalization process, 1940 Apr 17.
Box 4 Folder F161
Specifications for certain classes of positions in the field service of the Immigration and Nationalization Service, 1940 Jun 13.
Box 4 Folder F162
Labor assignment organization and procedure, 1935 Sep 6, Oct 18, and Nov 6.
Box 4 Folder F163
Labor employment procedure, Bulletin 7A, 1936 Jan 31.
Box 4 Folder F164
Classifications of positions, 1936 Jun.
Box 4 Folder F165
Classifications of positions, 1936 Jun.
Box 4 Folder F166
Classifications of positions, 1936 Jun.
Box 4 Folder F167
pp. 70-105, 1936.
Box 4 Folder F168
pp. 106-140, 1936 Jun.
Box 4 Folder F169
pp. 141-185, 1936 Jun.
Box 4 Folder F170
Manual for leaders of foremanship conferences, 1936.
Box 5 Folder F171
Installation of comprehensive personnel service records, August 28, 1937.
Box 5 Folder F172
Manual of class specifications, 1948 Oct 15.
Box 5 Folder F173
NACA administrative supplement to federal personnel manual, 1952 Jan 25.
Box 5 Folder F174
Proposals and reports, 1958 Oct-1963 Nov.
Box 5 Folder F175
Various class specifications, 1946-1947.
Box 5 Folder F176
Report from the Council of Personnel Administration.
Box 5 Folder F177
Scope and Contents

Charles P. Messick and Assoc. report: "Essential steps involved in establishing a sound civilian personnel system for the national government of the U.S."

Scope and Contents

This series features several drafts of the works of Fred Telford and Charles Messick. The material includes published and unpublished articles, papers, and books. Correspondence regarding the manuscripts is also included.

Telford Classification Manual.
Box 5 Folder F178-F184
Position classification and pay handbook.
Box 5 Folder F185-F210
Position classification and pay handbook.
Box 6 Folder F211-F220
Correspondence regarding Personnel Management.
Box 6 Folder F221A-B
Drafts of foreword, introduction, and chapters 1-28.
Box 6 Folder F222A-D
Drafts of individual chapters and sections.
Box 6 Folder F223-249
Drafts of individual chapters and sections.
Box 6 Folder F250-257
Personnel Principles and Practices.
Box 7 Folder F258-F262
"Characters seen on an inter-urban ride", 1908 Oct.
Box 7 Folder F263
"Having fun with a fifty dollar bill", 1912 Aug.
Box 7 Folder F264
"Municipal civil service from the other side", 1923.
Box 7 Folder F265
"The Science of personnel management", 1925 May.
Box 7 Folder F266
"Relations of the Assembly and the Bureau", 1926.
Box 7 Folder F267
"Technique of developing and administering classification and pay loans", 1932 May.
Box 7 Folder F268
"Some ways which classification affects the budget", 1932 May.
Box 7 Folder F269
"Speech to the Eastern Regional Conference of the Civil Service Assembly of the United States and Canada", 1939.
Box 7 Folder F270
"Personnel situation in the national government", 1939.
Box 7 Folder F271
"Proposed credo for public personnelists", 1940.
Box 7 Folder F272
"Draft of a suggested credo for public personnelists", 1940.
Box 7 Folder F273
"Whys and hows of personnel administration", 1944.
Box 7 Folder F274
"Development, adoption, and administration of a classification plan for a government or business organization", 1947 Feb.
Box 7 Folder F275
"Little drops of water, little grains of sand, cut that income tax, balance that budget: a bill of particulars", 1948.
Box 7 Folder F276
"How to reduce the federal civilian personnel by a round million in 1953 and 1954", 1952 Feb.
Box 7 Folder F277
"Patronage possibilities open to the incoming Republican administration", 1952 Dec.
Box 7 Folder F278
"Speech prepared for the Republican National Committee", 1952 Sep.
Box 7 Folder F279
"The personnel mess: its nature, cause and correction", 1953 Jan.
Box 7 Folder F280
"Human Enterprise Institute proposal", 1955.
Box 7 Folder F281-286
"Proposed personnel plan for the national government of the United States", 1960 Oct.
Box 7 Folder F287-288
"Evaluation of the New Jersey Civil Service", 1965 Jul.
Box 7 Folder F289
Scope and Contents

Interview with Fred Telford.

"Reducing the federal civilian personnel".
Box 7 Folder F290
"Rough draft of the discussion at the personnel luncheon, Friday, February 24".
Box 7 Folder F291
Manuscript for pay manual.
Box 7 Folder F292
"Higher pay for top public officers".
Box 7 Folder F293
"A quarter century of psychoanalysis".
Box 7 Folder F294
"Making strikes and lockouts click".
Box 7 Folder F295
"Suggested work program for a woman's club".
Box 7 Folder F296
"The way of the economizer is hard".
Box 7 Folder F297
"Women at work in a man's world".
Box 7 Folder F298
"Personnel planning".
Box 7 Folder F299
"Some reflections on employee organizations in the federal government service".
Box 7 Folder F300
Scope and Contents

Written with Harvey Walker.

"The classification staff: a force for economy".
Box 7 Folder F301
Four folders of untitled manuscripts on various topics and themes.
Box 7 Folder F302-305
"If I were governor", 1919.
Box 7 Folder F306
"Theory and practice of classification", 1921 Jun.
Box 7 Folder F307
"Talks on civil service," prepared for the Camden Daily Courier, 1923.
Box 8 Folder F308
"Questions relating to financial policies, standards, and levels", 1932 Jun.
Box 8 Folder F309
"Effective personnel administration in emergency government", 1934 Oct.
Box 8 Folder F310
"You and your government", 1934 Jan.
Box 8 Folder F311
Scope and Contents

Part of a broadcast series on regeneration of local civil service over station WJZ.

Speech to the Connecticut State League of Women Voters, 1936 Oct.
Box 8 Folder F312
Article for The Shield, 1936 Dec.
Box 8 Folder F313
"In-service training in New Jersey", 1936 Dec.
Box 8 Folder F314
"New Jersey municipal government", 1939 Apr.
Box 8 Folder F315
Scope and Contents

Broadcast over WNEW.

"Lay-off and re-instatement problems resulting from return of personnel from military leave", 1943 Oct.
Box 8 Folder F316
Scope and Contents

Speech given at the 35th annual meeting of the Civil Service Assembly of the United States and Canada.

Statement of qualifications of Charles P. Messick for chairman of the Civil Service Commission, 1952 Dec.
Box 8 Folder F317
"Unfinished business", 1958 Apr.
Box 8 Folder F318
Scope and Contents

Speech given before the New Jersey Chapter of Public Personnel Association.

Sixtieth Annual Conference of the Public Personnel Association, 1966 Oct.
Box 8 Folder F319
"Adventure in public administration", 1972 Aug.
Box 8 Folder F320
"Development and administration of classification and compensation plans in New Jersey".
Box 8 Folder F321
"Address of Charles P. Messick".
Box 8 Folder F322
"The Bureau of Public Personnel Administration".
Box 8 Folder F323
"Public personnel administration in New Jersey".
Box 8 Folder F324
"The Merit system as a means of achieving cleanliness in politics".
Box 8 Folder F325
"A Conversation with Dr. Charles Messick".
Box 8 Folder F326
"Learning by doing".
Box 8 Folder F327
"The Place and the past of the personnel agency in public administration".
Box 8 Folder F328
"Career systems and good government".
Box 8 Folder F329
"Constructive planning and future taxation", 1925.
Box 8 Folder F330
Scope and Contents

Presented to the Fifth Annual Conference for Engineers

"Present status and probable future of public personnel administration".
Box 8 Folder F331
Unidentified manuscripts presumed to be written by Messick.
Box 8 Folder F332-F335
Scope and Contents

The material in this subseries relates to the journal,

Public Personnel Studies, published by the Bureau of Public Personnel Administration.
Memoranda concerning the Public Personnel Studies Magazine, 1925.
Box 8 Folder F336
"Content, form, and arrangement of printed classification compensation plans", 1925.
Box 8 Folder F337
Scope and Contents

Written by Fred Telford.

Material towards individual issues of Public Personnel Studies, 1925-1928.
Box 8 Folder F338
Proposed classification and compensation plans, 1928.
Box 8 Folder F339
"University training of public officials," by Samuel May, 1928.
Box 8 Folder F340
"Elements of personal administration," by E.M. Cucking, 1942.
Box 8 Folder F341
"The Problem of the personnel agency," by E.M. Cucking, 1936 Oct.
Box 8 Folder F342
"Draft of a proposed personnel creed and personnel program for the National Civil Service League", 1951.
Box 8 Folder F343
"Report on salary and wage trend in various cities," by Norman N. Gill, 1941.
Box 8 Folder F344
"Proposed plan for the Civil Service Commission's role in employee training in the federal service," by Milton Hall.
Box 8 Folder F345
"Predictive value of medical and physical tests," by W. Leonard Johnson.
Box 8 Folder F346
"Preferment in public employment," by Doris Haney Jones, 1939 Jun 15.
Box 8 Folder F347
Talk by Malcolm Kerlin, Administrative Assistant to the Secretary of Commerce, before the Society of Personnel Management, 1940.
Box 8 Folder F348
Various articles by J. N. Kimball.
Box 8 Folder F349
"Principles and procedure in public personnel administration," by Louis Kroeger.
Box 8 Folder F350
"Better servants for democracy," by Frank Murphy, 1939 Jun 15.
Box 8 Folder F351
"Objectives of public personnel administration".
Box 8 Folder F352
"Where we are and where we are headed under new executive orders," by Samuel K. Ordway, Jr., 1938.
Box 8 Folder F353
Proposal for Dictaphone installation in the Department of Mental Hygiene, Rockland State Hospital, Orangeburg, New York, 1932 May.
Box 8 Folder F354
Statement on H.R. 7225 to Senate Finance Committee by W. Rulon Williamson, 1956.
Box 8 Folder F355
"Some merits and defects of the British Civil Service in war and preparation for War".
Box 8 Folder F356
"Police recruiting and training," by Donald C. Stone.
Box 8 Folder F357
"Suggestions as to the part of the Department of Civil Service in future classification work", 1932.
Box 8 Folder F358
Miscellaneous manuscripts, Mae Telford.
Box 8 Folder F359

Scope and Contents

The series provides information on position classification, evaluation, and testing, the primary interests of both Telford and Messick. It contains articles on theory and practical examples.

"Tentative compensation schedules for estimate purposes", 1923.
Box 8 Folder F360
Time reports, 1928 Jul-Aug.
Box 8 Folder F361
Memorandum of the study of institutional maintenance allowances and establishment of tentative appraised values, 1930.
Box 8 Folder F362
"Considerations entering Into the selection of the agencies for carrying on the classification work", 1931.
Box 8 Folder F363
"Form and content of class definitions", 1936.
Box 8 Folder F364
Virginia State Health Classifications, 1936.
Box 8 Folder F365
Virginia State Health Classifications, 1936.
Box 8 Folder F366
Various classification definitions, 1938.
Box 8 Folder F367
Schematic list of titles of classes in proposed classification plan, 1938.
Box 8 Folder F368
Position classification and pay plans, 1939.
Box 8 Folder F369
Material toward classification, 1939.
Box 8 Folder F370
"Development and installation of a position classification plan", 1939.
Box 8 Folder F371
Specifications for the class: Engine Lathe Operator 2, 1942.
Box 8 Folder F372
Various classifications, 1947.
Box 8 Folder F373
Explanations to be made to groups when there position descriptions are delivered to them, 1950.
Box 8 Folder F374
Salary and job evaluation sheet, 1953.
Box 8 Folder F375
Department of Personnel, 1954.
Box 8 Folder F376
Classification listings, 1956.
Box 8 Folder F377
General classifications for New Jersey.
Box 8 Folder F378
Manual of newspaper job classifications.
Box 8 Folder F379
Personnel consultant, Bureau of the Budget, Department of Labor.
Box 8 Folder F380
Definitions of the classes occurring only in the Department of Public Affairs.
Box 8 Folder F381
Various classification definitions.
Box 8 Folder F382
Specifications for the class: Pay Personnelist A.
Box 8 Folder F383
Various classifications.
Box 8 Folder F384
Specifications for State Works Personnel Officer.
Box 8 Folder F385
Various classifications.
Box 8 Folder F386
Various classifications.
Box 8 Folder F387
Various classifications.
Box 8 Folder F388
Schematic title index.
Box 8 Folder F389
Schematic list of classes.
Box 8 Folder F390
"Technical steps involved in developing and using a classification plan for the positions in a large organization".
Box 8 Folder F391
"Position uses and advantages of a position classification plan".
Box 8 Folder F392
Pay and classification lists.
Box 8 Folder F393
Job attribute grading system.
Box 8 Folder F394
Salary scales for Portland, Oregon.
Box 9 Folder F395
"The Steward's job".
Box 9 Folder F396
Personnel performance reports, 1933.
Box 9 Folder F397
Personnel performance reports, 1933.
Box 9 Folder F398
Personnel performance reports, 1934.
Box 9 Folder F399
Department of Labor memorandum on the preparation of employee service ratings, 1939.
Box 9 Folder F400
Council of Personnel Administration interim report of the Committee on Service Rating, 1939 Jun.
Box 9 Folder F401
Instructions to rating officers.
Box 9 Folder F402
New York rating scales.
Box 9 Folder F403
University of New York tentative rating scale for stenographers, clerks and typists.
Box 9 Folder F404
Various rating forms.
Box 9 Folder F405
Various rating reports and brochures.
Box 9 Folder F406
New Jersey Civil Service Commission merit rating form.
Box 9 Folder F407
"Some problems involved in establishing a merit system".
Box 9 Folder F408
Bureau of Educational Measurements and Standards. Army Group Examination Alpha, 1919.
Box 9 Folder F409
Tests from Public School Publishing Company, 1922.
Box 9 Folder F410
Professional tests for elementary teachers, 1926.
Box 9 Folder F411
Partially standardized tests for patrolmen, 1926.
Box 9 Folder F412
Alphabetical filing tests.
Box 9 Folder F413
Outline of testing achievements prepared by W. H. Durost, 1942.
Box 9 Folder F414
Proposed testing and placement program for FAD, 1942.
Box 9 Folder F415
Test items based on the Classification Manual, 1942.
Box 9 Folder F416
"Principles, practices, procedures and comments relating to the construction, standardization, and administration of tests, 1942.
Box 9 Folder F417
Watson-Glaser tests of critical thinking, 1942.
Box 9 Folder F418
"Standardized tests in public personnel", 1942.
Box 9 Folder F419
Work Manpower Commission oral trade questions, 1944.
Box 9 Folder F420
United States Armed Forces Institute tests of general educational development examiner's manual, 1945.
Box 9 Folder F421
War Manpower Commission oral trade questions, 1945.
Box 9 Folder F422
U.S. Civil Service Commission construction and analysis of achievement tests, 1947.
Box 9 Folder F423
Tests of ability to use correct English.
Box 9 Folder F424
Various test materials.
Box 9 Folder F425
Various test materials.
Box 9 Folder F426
Various test materials.
Box 9 Folder F247
Tests for Public Personnel Administration.
Box 9 Folder F428
Test of mastery of language usage.
Box 9 Folder F429
City of Seattle, Civil Service Commission test for secretary and chief examiner.
Box 9 Folder F430
Commonwealth of Kentucky Merit Examination Committee. Unemployment Compensation Commission Department of Industrial Relations.
Box 9 Folder F431
Notes on statistical procedures.
Box 9 Folder F432
Metropolitan Life Insurance Company. Testing applicants for employment.
Box 9 Folder F433
Metropolitan Life Insurance Company. Forms used in employing and training college graduates.
Box 9 Folder F434
Post, camp, and station recruiting.
Box 9 Folder F435
Test construction manual, War Department, 1947.
Box 9 Folder F436
Related Materials

The material in this subseries relates to the general field of Public Administration. Issues are explored through papers, conference summaries, and official documents.

Summary of the proceedings of the Conference of District Personnel Officers of the Farm Credit Administration, 1935.
Box 9 Folder F437
"Personal traits and succession in secretarial work", 1938.
Box 9 Folder F438
"Organization meeting for the proposed Society for Public Administration", 1939.
Box 9 Folder F439
Personnel discussion group, 1940.
Box 9 Folder F440
U.S. Civil Service Commission. Uniform efficiency rating system, 1942 Mar.
Box 9 Folder F441
U.S. Civil Service Commission Efficiency rating manual, 1942.
Box 9 Folder F442
Board of U.S. Civil Service examination, 1942.
Box 9 Folder F443
"Instructions to supervisory officers and employees who review, propose changes, and create tentative allocation lists", 1950.
Box 9 Folder F444
Suggested personnel program for the Sheridan Super Market, Inc., 1952.
Box 9 Folder F445
U.S. Civil Service Commission Bureau of Department Operations, 1957 Aug.
Box 9 Folder F446
"Class specifications as a management tool".
Box 9 Folder F447
"Draft of a bill for the creation of a personnel division in the office of the Mayor".
Box 9 Folder F448
Suggested subjects for reports in the field of public personnel administration.
Box 9 Folder F449
"Questions and answers about some personnel matters".
Box 9 Folder F450
Personnel regulations.
Box 9 Folder F451
Personnel management phase of Base Commanders Conference.
Box 9 Folder F452

Scope and Contents

The series contains a collection of periodicals, books, and articles about public administration. The material is divided into two subseries, each arranged alphabetically.

American Bar Association. Section of Municipal Law, 1939 Jul.
Box 9 Folder F453
American Council on Education. The Citizens Conference on the Crisis in Education.
Box 9 Folder F454
Section B of a report made to the classification of library personnel, 1925 Jun 30.
Box 9 Folder F455
Classification and pay plans for municipal public libraries, 1938 Dec.
Box 9 Folder F456
Classification and pay plans for municipal public libraries, 1938.
Box 9 Folder F457
American Management Association. Essential personnel records, 1925.
Box 9 Folder F458
American University. Papers on organization and management, 1946.
Box 9 Folder F459
Beard, Charles Austin. Philosophy, science and art of public administration, 1939 Sep.
Box 10 Folder F460
Employee training in wide-spread organizations, 1934 Jun.
Box 10 Folder F461
How To Train Supervisors (NY: Harper Bros. Publishers, 1949).
Box 10 Folder F462
Bennett, Emmett. The Reform of presidential elections: a study of the Lodge Amendment, [1951 Dec 17].
Box 10 Folder F463
Classification and compensation plans for non-academic positions in the University of California, 1942.
Box 10 Folder F464
The Inter-University case program. Cases in public administration and policy formation, 1956 Apr.
Box 10 Folder F465
Report of a leader training conference, 1940 Oct.
Box 10 Folder F466
Report of the Committee on salary classifications, 1939 Oct 10.
Box 10 Folder F467
Canada. Civil Service of Canada. Report of transmission, 1919.
Box 10 Folder F468
Catherwood, Robert. Preliminary working draft of a government service act, 1926 Nov.
Box 10 Folder F469
Preliminary and tentative suggested draft of a state civil service law, 1938 Oct.
Box 10 Folder F470
Classification and compensation plans, 1928 Nov.
Box 10 Folder F471
Classification and compensation plans, 1928 Nov.
Box 10 Folder F472
Scope and Contents

(additional copy)

Promotion principles and practices, 1929 Feb.
Box 10 Folder F473
Supervisory training in the Tennessee Valley Authority, 1936 May.
Box 10 Folder F474
Proceedings of the 29th annual meeting, 1937 Oct.
Box 10 Folder F475
Interim report of the Committee on Professional Standards, 1938.
Box 10 Folder F476
Newsletter (Vol. 4, No. 7), 1938 Jul.
Box 10 Folder F477
Better servants for democracy, 1939 Jun.
Box 10 Folder F478
Civil service agencies in the United States, 1940 Jul.
Box 10 Folder F479
Emergency personnel policies, 1940 Sep.
Box 10 Folder F480
Elements of position classification in local government, 1955 Oct.
Box 10 Folder F481
Officers and honorary life members, 1956.
Box 10 Folder F482
Annual Conference on Public Personnel Administration, 1956.
Box 10 Folder F483
Advance registration roster 50th Anniversary Conference on Public Personnel Administration, 1956.
Box 10 Folder F484
Commission of Inquiry on Public Service Personnel. Minutes of Evidence (NY: McGraw-Hill Book Company, Inc., 1935).
Box 10 Folder F485
Biographical data in industrial psychology: a review and evaluation, 1966 Feb.
Box 10 Folder F486
Research conference on the use of autobiographical data as psychological predictors, 1965 Jun.
Box 10 Folder F487
Toward a criterion theory: a review and analysis of research and opinion, 1966.
Box 10 Folder F488
England, Arthur O. Who, me?... pointers on job management, 1949.
Box 10 Folder F489
Government research: an appraisal and a reply, 1940 Jan.
Box 10 Folder F490
Toward better budgeting, 1941 Oct.
Box 10 Folder F491
Urban blight, 1942.
Box 10 Folder F492
Hall, Milton. Ascertaining the need for training.
Box 10 Folder F493
Kentucky. Government of Kentucky: report of the Efficiency Commission of Kentucky, 1924 Jan.
Box 10 Folder F494
City of Springfield. Report on classification and pay of positions in the city service, 1937 Dec.
Box 10 Folder F495
Report of the Governor's Committee to Study State Hospitals, 1953 Dec.
Box 10 Folder F496
Report of the Governor's Committee to Study State Hospitals, 1953 Dec.
Box 10 Folder F497
"Improving Personnel Procedures" (ch.1), 1958.
Box 10 Folder F498
"Job Analysis" (ch.2), 1958.
Box 10 Folder F499
"Job Evaluation" (ch.3), 1958.
Box 10 Folder F500
"Merit Rating" (ch.4), 1958.
Box 10 Folder F501
"Supervisor Selection and Training" (ch.5), 1958.
Box 10 Folder F502
"Collective Bargaining" (ch.6), 1958.
Box 10 Folder F503
City of Detroit. The Growth of a city government, by Lent Upson, 1942.
Box 10 Folder F504
City of Detroit. Experiments on the mental testing of Detroit Policemen, 1936 Nov.
Box 10 Folder F505
First annual report of the Michigan Civil Service Department, 1938 Dec.
Box 10 Folder F506
Civil Service Act, 1939 Apr 22.
Box 10 Folder F507
Rules and regulations, Duluth Civil Service Board, 1929.
Box 10 Folder F508
Moore, Lynn S.
Box 10 Folder F509
Scope and Contents

Evaluations of public service training

Competitive civil service in democracy.
Box 10 Folder F510
Employer and employee relationships in government.
Box 10 Folder F511
National Education Association of the U.S. The Influence of population changes on education, 1937 Sep.
Box 10 Folder F512
National League of Women Voters. A Handbook for the personnel campaign, 1935.
Box 10 Folder F513
National Municipal League., 1935 Oct.
Box 10 Folder F514
Scope and Contents

Approaches to the measurement and reward of effective work of individual government employees

Reclassification of state employees, 1950 Jan.
Box 10 Folder F515
Rules of the Division of Personnel, 1951 Nov.
Box 10 Folder F516
New Jersey, 1934.
Box 10 Folder F517
Scope and Contents

Address delivered before the State Local Government Plan Commission

Local Government Plan Commission, 1934.
Box 10 Folder F518
Press release issued by Harold G. Hoffman, candidate for governor, 1934.
Box 10 Folder F519
City of Cincinnati. Sewage disposal, 1953.
Box 10 Folder F520
Civil service laws, 1954 Jan.
Box 10 Folder F521
Civil service laws, 1956 Jan.
Box 10 Folder F522
The Hospital attendant, 1940 Jun.
Box 10 Folder F523
Public Administrative Service. Personnel installation manuscript, 1939 Nov.
Box 10 Folder F524
Rusby, George L. Smaller profits, reduced salaries, and lower wages.
Box 10 Folder F525
Telford, Fred. Civil government for civil service applicants.
Box 10 Folder F526
Thompson, Lorin Andrew, Jr. Interview aids and trade questions for employment offices (NY: Harper and Bros. Publishing, 1936).
Box 10 Folder F527
Advisory Committee on National Scientists, 1939 Apr.
Box 11 Folder F528
Scope and Contents

President's Committee on Civil Service

American Institute for Research., 1948 Jul.
Box 11 Folder F529
Scope and Contents

The Development of a procedure for evaluating officers in the US Air Force

Analysis of the salary study and proposed pay adjustment plan--Post Office Department Field Services, 1954 May.
Box 11 Folder F530
Classification Statutes, 1938.
Box 11 Folder F531
Executive Order 9691, 1942.
Box 11 Folder F532
Civil Service handbook, 1946.
Box 11 Folder F533
Rules and regulations, 1948.
Box 11 Folder F534
Facts about government work and workers, 1952.
Box 11 Folder F535
Efficiency rating Manual, 1944.
Box 11 Folder F536
Federal medical services, 1949 Jan.
Box 11 Folder F537
Foreign affairs, 1949 Jan.
Box 11 Folder F538
Lending agencies, 1949 Jan.
Box 11 Folder F539
Natural resources, 1949 Jan.
Box 11 Folder F540
National Security Organization, 1949 Jan.
Box 11 Folder F541
Public welfare, 1949 Jan.
Box 11 Folder F542
Public works, 1949 Jan.
Box 11 Folder F543
Revolving funds and business enterprises of the government, 1949 Jan.
Box 11 Folder F544
Water resources projects, 1949 Jan.
Box 11 Folder F545
Foreign affairs, 1949 Feb.
Box 11 Folder F546
General management of the Executive Branch, 1949.
Box 11 Folder F547
National Security Organization, 1949 Feb.
Box 11 Folder F548
Veterans Affairs, 1949 Feb.
Box 11 Folder F549
Department of the Interior, 1949 Mar.
Box 11 Folder F550
Federal business enterprises, 1949 Mar.
Box 11 Folder F551
Overseas administration federal-state relations federal research, 1949 Mar.
Box 11 Folder F552
Medical activities, 1949 Mar.
Box 11 Folder F553
Regulatory commissions, 1949 Mar.
Box 11 Folder F554
Social Security, Education, Indian Affairs, 1949 Mar.
Box 11 Folder F555
House Committee on the Civil Service, 1939.
Box 11 Folder F556
Scope and Contents

Merit system and classification extension

Classification Act of 1949, 1949.
Box 11 Folder F557
House of Representatives. Organization, functions, and relative costs of personnel offices, 1948 Jun.
Box 11 Folder F558
Senate, 1943.
Box 11 Folder F559
Scope and Contents

Reduction of non-essential federal expenditures

Classes of positions in district units, 1937 Feb.
Box 11 Folder F560
Class specifications for positions in district units, 1936.
Box 11 Folder F561
Federal Security Agency, 1941.
Box 11 Folder F562
Scope and Contents

Civilian Conservation Corps. blueprint reading

National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics, 1957.
Box 11 Folder F563
National Resources Committee, 1939.
Box 11 Folder F564
Scope and Contents

Urban Government. Vol. 1

Post Office Department, 1954 Feb.
Box 11 Folder F565
Scope and Contents

Salary study

President's Committee on Administrative Management, 1937.
Box 11 Folder F566
Scope and Contents

The Exercise of rule-making power and the preparation of proposed legislative measures by administrative departments

President's Committee on Civil Service Improvement, 1939.
Box 12 Folder F567
Scope and Contents

Checklist of the problems and alternatives in building a career service for professional scientific and administrative personnel

Military occupational classification of enlisted personnel, 1945 Apr.
Box 12 Folder F568
Military occupational classification of enlisted personnel, 1945 Jun.
Box 12 Folder F569
Military occupational classification of enlisted personnel, 1944 Jul.
Box 12 Folder F570
Military occupational classification of enlisted personnel, 1946 Feb.
Box 12 Folder F571
Works Progress Administration, 1936.
Box 12 Folder F572
Scope and Contents

Guide to occupational classification

Letter from a dean of public administration to his graduates about the "tools of administration", 1941.
Box 12 Folder F573
How to graft, 1942.
Box 12 Folder F574
How to be an executive, 1942.
Box 12 Folder F575
Statistical theory in one easy lesson, 1943.
Box 12 Folder F576
Utah, 1931 May.
Box 12 Folder F577
Scope and Contents

The Economic dependence of the population of Utah

City of Milwaukee, 1957.
Box 12 Folder F578
Scope and Contents

Civil Service Manual

Specifications for the Classified Service.
Box 12 Folder F579
Administrative Science Quarterly. Vol. 1, No. 1, 1956 Jun.
Box 12 Folder F580
The Alumni Bulletin Vol. X, No. 4, 1944 Nov.
Box 12 Folder F581
The Annals, 1956 Nov.
Box 12 Folder F582
Atorgenics Aspects, Vol. 4, No. 3, 1956 Oct.
Box 12 Folder F583
Bureau of National Affairs, Inc. The Personnel Executive, 1952 Feb.
Box 12 Folder F584
Business Information Sources. Vol. 14, No. 2., May 1943.
Box 12 Folder F585
Vol. LXVII, No. 2, 1950 Mar/Apr.
Box 12 Folder F586
Vol. LXXIII, No. 2, 1956 Mar/Apr.
Box 12 Folder F587
Vol. LXXIII, No. 4, 1956 Jul/Aug.
Box 12 Folder F588
Personnel. Vol. 28, No. 2, 1951 Sep.
Box 12 Folder F589
Personnel Administration. Vol. 2, No. 3, 1939 Nov.
Box 12 Folder F590
Vol. 19, No. 11, 1953 Nov.
Box 12 Folder F591
Vol. 39, No. 4, 1973 Apr.
Box 12 Folder F592
The Public Employee. Vol. 21, No. 2, 1956 Feb.
Box 12 Folder F593
Public Personnel Management. Vol. 2, No. 2, 1973 Mar/Apr.
Box 12 Folder F594
Public Personnel Review. Vol. 14, No. 4, 1953 Oct.
Box 12 Folder F595
Vol. 5, No. 1, 1972 Jan.
Box 12 Folder F596
Vol. 6, No. 1, 1928 Jan.
Box 12 Folder F597
The Reporter. Vol. 15, No. 3., 1956 Sep.
Box 12 Folder F598
Public Roads. Vol. 29, No. 2, 1956 Jun.
Box 12 Folder F599
The Society for the Advancement of Journal Management. Vol. 1, No. 5, 1956 Nov.
Box 12 Folder F600
State Government, 1939 Nov.
Box 12 Folder F601

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