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Bureau of Business Practice Collection

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Abstract

Title:
Bureau of Business Practice Collection
Author/Creator:
Bureau of Business Practice
Collection number:
2004-51
Size:
4.50 linear feet
Bulk dates:
1944-1963
Inclusive dates:
1944-2002
Collection Area:
State of Maryland and Historical Collections
Repository:
Special Collections, University of Maryland Libraries, Hornbake Library, College Park, MD 20742. Tel: 301-405-9212, Fax: 301-314-2709, Email: askhornbake@umd.edu
Abstract:

The publishing company that eventually became the Bureau of Business Practice (BBP) began as a small, private venture, the National Foreman's Institute (NFI), in Essex, Connecticut, in 1915. For the first thirty-five years of its existence, NFI was exclusively a publisher of training materials for the first line of industrial supervision. The Bureau of Business Practice Collection consists of publications dating from the years when the BBP was known as the National Foreman's Institute to just prior to the closing of the BBP Branch of Aspen Publishers. Publications such as the "Better Secretaries Series" from the early 1960s focus on training for office employees through instruction in secretarial principles, such as accounting or letter writing. Topics range from labor issues in Labor Relations Bulletin to common concerns of the secretary in such publications as Just Between Office Girls and Office Guide for Working Women.

Important Information for Users of the Collection

Restrictions:

This collection is open for research.

Preferred citation:

Bureau of Business Practice Collection, Special Collections, University of Maryland Libraries.

Publication rights:

Photocopies of original materials may be provided for a fee and at the discretion of the curator. Please see our Duplication of Materials policy for more information. Queries regarding publication rights and copyright status of materials within this collection should be directed to the appropriate curator.

Status:

This collection is PROCESSED.

Historical Note

The publishing company that eventually became the Bureau of Business Practice (BBP) began as a small, private venture, the National Foreman's Institute (NFI), in Essex, Connecticut, in 1915. For the first thirty-five years of its existence, NFI was exclusively a publisher of training materials for the first line of industrial supervision. In 1950, NFI moved to New London, Connecticut, where they expanded their product line of monthly newsletters into the sales and industrial security field. Employee-handout publications and management and supervisory books also became part of the profile. Vision, a magazine publisher with major properties in the South American market, acquired NFI from its original owners in 1959 and established a publishing facility in New London, housing Croft Educational Services and several smaller, unrelated operations, along with NFI. Prentice Hall bought NFI in 1960 and moved the business to Waterford, Connecticut. Within three years, Prentice Hall had also bought Croft and added some book operations from its New Jersey locations to the Waterford division, now renamed the Bureau of Business Practice. BBP expanded their scope to a wide array of business and organizational categories, all focused on employee, supervisory, and management training. Products included newsletters, books, videotapes, posters, and training services. Notable publications from the BBP include Payroll Manager's Letter, Fair Employment Practices Guidelines, Labor Relations Bulletin, Office Guide, and Creative Secretary's Letter. Annual sales rose from $1 million in 1960 to $40 million in 1985, when the conglomerate that would become Paramount Communications acquired Prentice Hall. Paramount soon began divesting itself of its non-entertainment-related properties, and it sold Prentice Hall to Viacom. Viacom sold the Professional Information Group, of which BBP was a part, to Hicks Muse, which in turn sold it to Wolters Kluwer in June 1999. Aspen Publishers, a part of Wolters Kluwer International, acquired BBP in 1999. The BBP branch of Aspen Publishers in Waterford, Connecticut, closed in August 2003, although Aspen Publishers is still in existence, with headquarters in New York City.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The Bureau of Business Practice collection spans the years 1944, when the company was known as the National Foreman's Institute, to 1989. The collection consists primarily of pamphlets and serial publications from the company, focusing on management, and office and secretarial work.

Custodial History and Acquisition Information

Elaine Stattler of Aspen Publishers donated the Bureau of Business Practice collection to the University of Maryland Libraries in August 2003, when the Waterford, Connecticut, branch closed.

Processing Information

Processed by:

Processed by Jennie Anne Levine, September 2003.

Processing note:

The publications were placed in acid-free folders and stored in acid-free boxes.

Encoded by:

EAD markup created using EAD database in Microsoft Access. Markup completed by Henry Allen.

Arrangement of Collection

The collection is arranged as 1 (one) series

Detailed Description of the Collection

Series 1: Publications, 1944-2002 (4.50 linear feet)

Series I consists of publications from the Bureau of Business Practice, dating from the years when it was known as the National Foreman's Institute to just prior to the closing of the BBP Branch of Aspen Publishers. Publications, such as the "Better Secretaries Series" from the early 1960s, focus on training for office employees, through instruction in secretarial principles, such as accounting or letter writing. Also included are serial publications and newsletters distributed by BBP. Topics range from labor issues in Labor Relations Bulletin and in Disciplines and Grievances, to common concerns of the secretary in such publications as Just Between Office Girls and Office Guide for Working Women. Just Between Office Girls and early issues of Office Guide for Working Women addressed women specifically, offering advice, for example, on the right type of makeup to keep in one's desk drawer, how to decorate, and how to take an effective vacation, as well as vocabulary and typing lessons. BBP dropped "for Working Women" from the title of that publication in 1976 and focused primarily on concerns of office culture by printing articles dealing with office psychology, promotions, conversation skills, efficiency, customer service, and new technology. Supervisor's Bulletin and Sales Manager's Bulletin address concerns faced by those in the managerial ranks. Arrangement is alphabetical by title, although the items in the "Better Secretaries Series" are filed together.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Better Secretaries Series -- Accounting ABC's for Secretaries, 1962 series 1box 1folder 1
Better Secretaries Series -- Complete Guide to Correct Forms of Address, 1962 series 1box 1folder 2
Better Secretaries Series -- Desk Guide to Good Letter-Style, 1962 series 1box 1folder 3
Better Secretaries Series -- Fast Filing, Finding, and Follow-up, 1962 series 1box 1folder 4
Better Secretaries Series -- How to Write a Good Letter, 1961 series 1box 1folder 5
Better Secretaries Series -- The Personal Side of Writing Letters in Business, 1963 series 1box 1folder 6
Better Secretaries Series -- Secretary's Desk Guide to Business Law, 1963 series 1box 1folder 7
Better Secretaries Series -- Short Cuts in Business Math, 1961 series 1box 1folder 8
Better Secretaries Series -- Streamlining the Secretary's Workload, 1963 series 1box 1folder 9
Career Institute Course in Practical English, 1961 series 1box 1folder 10
Careless Carl, 1955 series 1box 1folder 11
Chucklegrams, 1952 series 1box 1folder 12
Clear the Deck, 1949 (1959 printing) series 1box 1folder 13
Creative Secretary's Letter, 1992-1993 series 1box 1folder 14
Creative Secretary's Letter, 1992-1993 series 1box 1folder 15
Creative Secretary's Letter, 1994-1999 series 1box 2folder 1
Creative Secretary's Letter, 1994-1999 series 1box 2folder 2
Creative Secretary's Letter, 1994-1999 series 1box 2folder 3
Creative Secretary's Letter, 1994-1999 series 1box 2folder 4
Creative Secretary's Letter, 1994-1999 series 1box 2folder 5
Creative Secretary's Letter, 1994-1999 series 1box 2folder 6
Discipline and Grievances -- #243-290, 1961-1965 series 1box 3folder 1
Discipline and Grievances -- #291-320, 1965-1967 series 1box 3folder 2
Discipline and Grievances -- #321-350, 1967-1970 series 1box 3folder 3
Discipline and Grievances -- #351-381, 1970-1972 series 1box 3folder 4
Discipline and Grievances -- #622-630, 1992-1993 series 1box 3folder 5
Do You Agree?, 1954 series 1box 4folder 1
Echoes, nos. 154-155, 1954 series 1box 4folder 2
The Enchanted Goose, 1953 series 1box 4folder 3
Essential Assistant, 1998-2002 series 1box 4folder 4
Essential Assistant, 1998-2002 series 1box 4folder 5
Essential Assistant, 1998-2002 series 1box 4folder 6
For Line and Staff Supervisors, 1958-1959 series 1box 4folder 7
The Foreman and the Veteran, 1946 series 1box 4folder 8
The 4 izes: Visual, Organ, Deput, Superv, 1948 series 1box 4folder 9
How to Train Your Assistants, [undated] series 1box 4folder 10
How Would You Say It?, 1962 series 1box 4folder 11
Ike, You Can Count On Me! (The Dynamics of Selling), 1954 series 1box 4folder 12
Increasing Office Efficiency, 1959 series 1box 4folder 13
Inflation Could Happen Here!, 1944 series 1box 4folder 14
Inviting the Undertaker, 1949 series 1box 4folder 15
Just Between Office Girls, 1958-1959 series 1box 4folder 16
Just Between Office Girls, 1960-1969 series 1box 5folder 1
Just Between Office Girls, 1960-1969 series 1box 5folder 2
Just Between Office Girls, 1960-1969 series 1box 5folder 3
Just Between Office Girls, 1960-1969 series 1box 5folder 4
Just Between Office Girls, 1960-1969 series 1box 5folder 5
Just Between Office Girls, 1970-1973 series 1box 6folder 1
Labor Relations Bulletin, 1993-2002 series 1box 6folder 2
Labor Relations Bulletin, 1993-2002 series 1box 6folder 3
Labor Relations Bulletin, 1993-2002 series 1box 6folder 4
Letter to Americans, 1953 series 1box 6folder 5
Mary Smith: A Tribute To A Successful Secretary, 1948 series 1box 7folder 1
The New Prentice Hall Profit Sharing Plan, undated series 1box 7folder 2
Office Girl's Workshop, 1966-1968 series 1box 7folder 3
Office Girl's Workshop, 1966-1968 series 1box 7folder 4
Office Guide [for Working Women], 1973-1981 series 1box 7folder 5
Office Guide [for Working Women], 1973-1981 series 1box 7folder 6
Office Guide [for Working Women], 1973-1981 series 1box 7folder 7
Office Guide [for Working Women], 1982-1989, 1994 series 1box 8folder 1
Office Guide [for Working Women], 1982-1989, 1994 series 1box 8folder 2
Office Guide [for Working Women], 1982-1989, 1994 series 1box 8folder 3
Office Guide [for Working Women], 1982-1989, 1994 series 1box 8folder 4
Office Supervisor's Bulletin, 1962 series 1box 8folder 5
Office Workers' Manual, 1950 series 1box 8folder 6
Sales Manager's Bulletin, 1960 series 1box 8folder 7
Sales Manager's Bulletin, 1961 series 1box 9folder 1
The Secretary's Guide to a Graceful Figure, 1967 series 1box 9folder 2
The Secretary's Guide to Handling People, 1970 (1989 printing) series 1box 9folder 3
Secretary's Miracle Kit of Business English Aids and Letter-Writing Shortcuts, 1982 series 1box 9folder 4
The Secretary's Workshop, 1988 series 1box 9folder 5
Skill in Handling People: Motivation, 1951 (1956 printing) series 1box 9folder 6
Supervisor's Bulletin, 1960, 1965-1966 series 1box 9folder 7
Supervisor's Bulletin, 1960, 1965-1966 series 1box 9folder 8
Teller Sense, 1972-1973 series 1box 9folder 9
Teller Sense, 1972-1973 series 1box 9folder 10
Thank you! By Dale Carnegie, 1952 (1956 printing) series 1box 9folder 11
Tips and Shortcuts in Typing, Dictation, Filing and Office Procedure, 1964 series 1box 9folder 12
What's Ahead for the Veteran?, 1946 series 1box 9folder 13
What the New 1948 Draft Law Means To You and Your Family, 1948 series 1box 9folder 14
Women in Business: A Handbook for Business Girls, 1961 series 1box 9folder 15
You and Your Job, 1958 series 1box 9folder 16

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