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C. Robert Werle papers

1914-1934
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Accession: 1885

Abstract

C. Robert Werle (1893-1990) was an industrial engineer who worked for Cooley & Marvin Company of Boston conducting time studies, as well as analysis of accounting and plant methods for a variety of clients, mostly in the textile, leather, woodworking, and metalworking industries. Werle's papers cover his career between 1917 and 1931, with emphasis on his employment at Cooley & Marvin; Bigelow, Kent, Willard & Co.; and Watsontown Door & Sash. The papers include correspondence, reports, and work papers, mostly connected with time studies. There are numerous examples of the standard forms, cards, and tags used to control reporting and the routing of materials in factories.

Dates

  • 1914-1934

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Extent

4 Linear Feet

Biographical Note

C. Robert Werle (1893-1990) was an industrial engineer who worked for Cooley & Marvin Company of Boston conducting time studies, as well as analysis of accounting and plant methods for a variety of clients, mostly in the textile, leather, woodworking, and metalworking industries.

Werle was born in New Haven, Connecticut, on January 12, 1893 and received a degree in electrical engineering from Yale's Sheffield Scientific School. His earliest employment, with the Winchester Repeating Arms Company from 1916 to 1917 and Colt's Repeating Arms Company from 1917 to 1918, involved conducting time studies. This led to a permanent position with the Cooley & Marvin Company of Boston, an industrial engineering firm.

In 1924, Werle followed Cooley & Marvin's chief engineer, Carle M. Bigelow (1889-1955), who established his own firm of Bigelow, Kent, Willard & Company with other Cooley & Marvin employees. Bigelow had developed the Bigelow Bonus Plan, a modification of the Emerson Plan that involved a system of graduated bonuses for increased productivity. Werle left Bigelow in October 1927 and became vice president and works manager of the Watsontown (Pennsylvania) Door & Sash Company, a client of both the Cooley and Bigelow firms. He left Watsontown in 1929 to join the Real Estate, Land Title & Trust Company of Philadelphia, where he stayed until being thrown out of work in the Depression in 1931. The details of his subsequent career are unknown, although he seems to have stayed in the Delaware Valley. He died in Florida on May 27, 1990.

Scope and Contents

Werle's papers cover his career as an industrial engineer between 1917 and 1931, with emphasis on his employment at Cooley & Marvin; Bigelow, Kent, Willard & Co.; and Watsontown Door & Sash. The papers include correspondence, reports, and work papers, mostly connected with time studies. There are numerous examples of the standard forms, cards, and tags used to control reporting and the routing of materials in factories. The "staff letters," circulars, and brochures of both the Cooley and Bigelow firms give a picture of the internal workings of consulting engineering firms involved in varieties of scientific management and plant rationalization.

The papers also include resumes, college transcripts, and other personal information. There is also a copy of a paper by Charles E. Bedaux describing the Bedaux-Point System of Industrial Efficiency. A file on the possible purchase of a Texas grapefruit farm contains brochures of development companies in the lower Rio Grande Valley, and another on the house Werle purchased in suburban Yeadon contains brochures on suburban residential developments of the late 1920s.

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research.

Language of Materials

English


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Finding Aid & Administrative Information

Title:
C. Robert Werle papers
Status:
Description rules:
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description:
English
Script of description:
Latin

Revision Statements

  • 2021: Laurie Sather

Repository Details

Repository Details

Part of the Manuscripts and Archives Repository

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