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National Industrial Conference Board photographs

Majority of material found within 1920-1950
 Collection
Identifier: 1980-253

Abstract

The National Industrial Conference Board (NICB), later named The Conference Board, is a non-profit membership organization specializing in economic research. This collection contains photographic prints, primarily portraits, of early NICB members.

Dates

  • Majority of material found within 1920-1950

Creator

Extent

1 Linear Foot

Physical Description

47 photographic prints : b&w ; 8 x 10 in.

Biographical / Historical

The National Industrial Conference Board (NICB), later named The Conference Board, is a non-profit membership organization specializing in economic research. Established in 1916 by eleven of the United States' major trade associations, the NICB's primary goal was to to maintain "harmonious relationships between employer and employees and between both labor and government." Members operated on the basis of consensus and voluntary agreement. If a representative of a trade association did not agree with the organization's stated positions, he was free to voice his opposition. This process allowed the NICB to embrace the twin banners of employer unity and labor reform.

In 1916, the NICB began holding annual meetings which became known as Yama Conferences (since the first was held on the Yama farm in New York State's Catskill region.) The meetings were a chance for members to discuss the economic and social issues of the day and to develop a consensus that would define the organization's positions. As part of this process, the NICB's staff compiled economic and sociological reports on contemporary issues. Over the years, the NICB became a spokesman for the so-called progressive wing of the business community. As part of its ongoing function as a lobbying group and publicist for American business, it produced hundreds of research reports on economic and social issues facing the United States.

Arrangement

The arrangement scheme for the collection was imposed during processing in the absence of a usable original order.

Scope and Contents

The collection contains a set of forty-seven print photographs depicting early National Industrial Conference Board members. The images are primarily portraits of American industrialists and business executives. Also included are group photographs from early Yama Conferences. Several individuals in the photographs have not been identified or are unknown.

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research. Litigators may not view the collection without approval.

Use Restrictions

Copyright restrictions may apply.

Related Materials

National Industrial Conference Board (NICB) records (Accession 1057), Manuscripts and Archives Department, Hagley Museum and Library.

Language of Materials

English


Additional Information

Additional Description

Provenance

On Deposit from the Conference Board.

Related Names

Creator

Finding Aid & Administrative Information

Title:
National Industrial Conference Board photographs
Status:
Author:
Ona Coughlan
Date:
2020
Description rules:
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description:
English
Script of description:
Latin

Repository Details

Repository Details

Part of the Audiovisual Collections Repository

Contact:
PO Box 3630
Wilmington Delaware 19807 USA
302-658-2400