Guide to the Albert Harold Rubenstein (1923- ) Papers

Collection Title: Albert Harold Rubenstein (1923- ) Papers
Dates: 1951-2001
Identification: 22/4/14
Creator: Rubenstein, Albert Harold, 1923-
Extent: 3 Boxes
Language of Materials: English
Abstract: The Albert Harold Rubenstein Papers fill three archival boxes and span the years 1951 to 2001, with the bulk of the papers falling between 1959-1966. The papers reflect Rubenstein's role as the director of the Program of Research on the Management of Research and Development of Industrial Engineering and Management Sciences at Northwestern University.
The papers are divided into three subseries: Biographical Materials, Numbered Documents, and Unnumbered Documents, with the bulk of the records consisting of papers, articles, and grant proposals in the field of management and industrial engineering, dating between 1959 and 1969, and arranged according to three different numbering schemes.
The three folders of biographical material are labeled personal data, clippings, and news releases. The personal data consists of biographical sketches, a faculty biographical record, curriculum vitae, and an announcement of honors and awards from the Northwestern University Department of Industrial Engineering and Management Sciences Website. This material is arranged chronologically from 1959 to 2001. The clippings folder consists of newspaper and magazine clippings arranged in chronological order from 1959 to 1965. The news releases folder consists of releases of the Northwestern University News Service arranged in chronological order from 1959 to 1982.
Acquisition Information: The Albert Harold Rubenstein Papers are composed of Accession # 01-37, received from Robert Michaelson of the Seeley G. Mudd Library for Science and Engineering on March 15, 2001, and Accession # 79-135, transferred from the University Archives biographical files on July 25, 1979.
Processing Information: Michael Duffy, March-April 2001.
Separated Materials: Two inches of duplicate and extraneous material were discarded.
Conditions Governing Access: None.
Repository: Northwestern University Archives
Deering Library, Room 110
1970 Campus Dr.
Evanston, IL, 60208-2300
URL: http://www.library.northwestern.edu/archives
Email: archives@northwestern.edu
Phone: 847-491-3354

Biographical/Historical Information

Albert Harold Rubenstein was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on November 11, 1923. He received his B.S. from Lehigh University in 1949, his M.S. in 1950 and his Ph.D. in 1954 from Columbia University. His bachelor's and master's degrees were in industrial engineering and his doctorate was in industrial engineering and management. He served on the Industrial Engineering staff at Columbia University from 1950-53 and on the faculty of the School of Industrial Management at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology from 1953-59. He was a Fulbright Research Scholar in 1955. He joined the faculty of the Department of Industrial Engineering and Management Sciences at Northwestern University in 1959.

At Northwestern University, he established and directed the department's area of specialization in organization theory. He was also the principal investigator of Northwestern's Program of Research on the Management of Research and Development. He co-edited Some Theories of Organization, edited Coordination, Control and Financing Industrial Research, and authored many articles and research reports. He also edited the IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management from 1959-1985, and was the director of studies for the College of Research and Development and was vice-president for research and education of the Institute of Management Sciences in 1960. He was the director of the Narragansett Capital Corporation from 1960-1983. He was a visiting professor in the School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley, in 1964. He was also a member of the advisory committee on Economic and Manpower Studies of Science and Technology, National Science Foundation.

In 1977, Rubenstein became director of the Engineering Management Program, a position he held until 1992. In 1986, he became the director of the Center for Information and Telecommunication Technology. Also in 1986, he was named to the Walter P. Murphy Professorship. In 1996, he began an adjunct professorship at the University of California, San Diego. In 1998, Professor Rubenstein was honored at the Fall INFORMS meeting and delivered a Distinguished Speaker Address.

Scope and Content

The Albert Harold Rubenstein Papers fill three archival boxes and span the years 1951 to 2001, with the bulk of the papers falling between 1959-1966. The papers reflect Rubenstein's role as the director of the Program of Research on the Management of Research and Development of Industrial Engineering and Management Sciences at Northwestern University.

The papers are divided into three subseries: Biographical Materials, Numbered Documents, and Unnumbered Documents, with the bulk of the records consisting of papers, articles, and grant proposals in the field of management and industrial engineering, dating between 1959 and 1969, and arranged according to three different numbering schemes.

The three folders of biographical material are labeled personal data, clippings, and news releases. The personal data consists of biographical sketches, a faculty biographical record, curriculum vitae, and an announcement of honors and awards from the Northwestern University Department of Industrial Engineering and Management Sciences Website. This material is arranged chronologically from 1959 to 2001. The clippings folder consists of newspaper and magazine clippings arranged in chronological order from 1959 to 1965 with one undated clipping. The news releases folder consists of releases of the Northwestern University News Service arranged in chronological order from 1959 to 1982.

Most of the numbered documents fall into a numbering scheme consisting of the two-digit year and a serial number (e.g., 63/12) starting with 51/1 and ending with 87/_. A second numbering scheme starts with the number 4130 in 1956 and ends with 10106 in 1969, and the third numbering scheme starts with 13010 in 1954 and ends with 16684 in 1988. Some serial numbers included several related documents stapled together.

Numbered documents beginning with 51/1 and ending with 87/ are arranged in serial order. These folders contain papers and articles by Rubenstein, various business of the Department of Industrial Engineering and Management Sciences, including grant proposals, and student papers. Folder 1/4 contains papers and articles written while Rubenstein was a member of the faculty in the School of Industrial Management at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Documents numbered from 4130 to 10106 contain documentation from an the First National Bank of Boston Executive Seminar Program in 1956, a note, two transcripts of a panel discussion on Current and Future Trends in Airline Management Development at the Transportation Center at Northwestern University, and a “transcription of an informal seminar with Dr. E. E. Rice and Dr. Foster.” Documents numbered from 13010 to 16684 consist of an excerpt from Rubenstein's 1954 Ph.D. dissertation, several research reports, and correspondence to and from Rubenstein and from other individuals regarding Rubenstein's faculty promotions, research programs and grants. Also included here are minutes from a 1986 meeting of the Faculty of the Technological Institute at Northwestern University.

Two folders of unnumbered documents consist of chronologically arranged material from 1952 to 1966. This material is composed of several research reports and articles. Included here are research reports conducted for the Department of Industrial Engineering at Columbia University and for the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, and several published articles. Folder 3/5 contains an undated excerpt from a publication on “Field Study Techniques” and “Some Theories of Organization.”

Subjects

Corporate Name

Northwestern University (Evanston, Ill.). Department of Industrial Engineering and Management Scienc

Personal Name

Rubenstein, Albert Harold, 1923-

Subjects

Industrial engineering--Management--Study and teaching (Higher)

Industrial engineering--Study and teaching (Higher)--United States


Container List / Contents

  • Personal Data, 1959-2001Box 1, Folder 1
  • Clippings, 1959-1965Box 1, Folder 2
  • News Releases, 1959-1982Box 1, Folder 3
  • Numbered Documents (51/1-58/2), 1951-1958Box 1, Folder 4
  • Numbered Documents (59/1-60/7), 1959-1960Box 1, Folder 5
  • Numbered Documents (61/1-62/12), 1961-1962Box 1, Folder 6
  • Numbered Documents (63/1-63/11), 1963Box 1, Folder 7
  • Numbered Documents (63/13-63/24), 1963Box 1, Folder 8
  • Numbered Documents (64/1-64/30), 1964Box 1, Folder 9
  • Numbered Documents (65/1-65/15), 1965Box 2, Folder 1
  • Numbered Documents (65/19-65/24), 1965Box 2, Folder 2
  • Numbered Documents (65/25-65/36), 1965Box 2, Folder 3
  • Numbered Documents (65/37-65/39), 1965Box 2, Folder 4
  • Numbered Documents (66/1-66/6), 1966Box 2, Folder 5
  • Numbered Documents (66/12-66/28), 1966Box 2, Folder 6
  • Numbered Documents (66/29-87/ ), 1966-1987Box 2, Folder 7
  • Numbered Documents (4130), 1956Box 3, Folder 1
  • Numbered Documents (5405-10106), 1967-1969Box 3, Folder 2
  • Numbered Documents (130100-16684), 1954-1988Box 3, Folder 3
  • Unnumbered Documents, 1952-1966Box 3, Folder 4
  • Unnumbered Documents, UndatedBox 3, Folder 5