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Bureau of Business Practice Collection

Overview
Title:Bureau of Business Practice Collection
Author/Creator:Bureau of Business Practice
Collection No:2004-51
Size:4.50 linear feet
Inclusive Dates:1944-2002
Bulk Dates:1944-1963
Repository:Archives and Manuscripts Department, University of Maryland Libraries, Hornbake Library, College Park, MD 20742. Tel: 301-405-9058, Fax: 301-314-2709, Email: archives-um@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:There are no restricted files in this collection.
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.
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 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. Markup checked and verified by Jennie A. Levine, November 2004.
Arrangement of Collection
The collection is arranged as 1 (one) series
Series I: 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.

Box Inventory
Series I: Publications, 1944-2002 (4.50 linear feet)
Box 1
Folder 1Better Secretaries Series -- Accounting ABC's for Secretaries, 1962
Folder 2Better Secretaries Series -- Complete Guide to Correct Forms of Address, 1962
Folder 3Better Secretaries Series -- Desk Guide to Good Letter-Style, 1962
Folder 4Better Secretaries Series -- Fast Filing, Finding, and Follow-up, 1962
Folder 5Better Secretaries Series -- How to Write a Good Letter, 1961
Folder 6Better Secretaries Series -- The Personal Side of Writing Letters in Business, 1963
Folder 7Better Secretaries Series -- Secretary's Desk Guide to Business Law, 1963
Folder 8Better Secretaries Series -- Short Cuts in Business Math, 1961
Folder 9Better Secretaries Series -- Streamlining the Secretary's Workload, 1963
Folder 10Career Institute Course in Practical English, 1961
Folder 11Careless Carl, 1955
Folder 12Chucklegrams, 1952
Folder 13Clear the Deck, 1949 (1959 printing)
Folder 14Creative Secretary's Letter, 1992-1993
Folder 15Creative Secretary's Letter, 1992-1993
Box 2
Folder 1Creative Secretary's Letter, 1994-1999
Folder 2Creative Secretary's Letter, 1994-1999
Folder 3Creative Secretary's Letter, 1994-1999
Folder 4Creative Secretary's Letter, 1994-1999
Folder 5Creative Secretary's Letter, 1994-1999
Folder 6Creative Secretary's Letter, 1994-1999
Box 3
Folder 1Discipline and Grievances -- #243-290, 1961-1965
Folder 2Discipline and Grievances -- #291-320, 1965-1967
Folder 3Discipline and Grievances -- #321-350, 1967-1970
Folder 4Discipline and Grievances -- #351-381, 1970-1972
Folder 5Discipline and Grievances -- #622-630, 1992-1993
Box 4
Folder 1Do You Agree?, 1954
Folder 2Echoes, nos. 154-155, 1954
Folder 3The Enchanted Goose, 1953
Folder 4Essential Assistant, 1998-2002
Folder 5Essential Assistant, 1998-2002
Folder 6Essential Assistant, 1998-2002
Folder 7For Line and Staff Supervisors, 1958-1959
Folder 8The Foreman and the Veteran, 1946
Folder 9The 4 izes: Visual, Organ, Deput, Superv, 1948
Folder 10How to Train Your Assistants, [undated]
Folder 11How Would You Say It?, 1962
Folder 12Ike, You Can Count On Me! (The Dynamics of Selling), 1954
Folder 13Increasing Office Efficiency, 1959
Folder 14Inflation Could Happen Here!, 1944
Folder 15Inviting the Undertaker, 1949
Folder 16Just Between Office Girls, 1958-1959
Box 5
Folder 1Just Between Office Girls, 1960-1969
Folder 2Just Between Office Girls, 1960-1969
Folder 3Just Between Office Girls, 1960-1969
Folder 4Just Between Office Girls, 1960-1969
Folder 5Just Between Office Girls, 1960-1969
Box 6
Folder 1Just Between Office Girls, 1970-1973
Folder 2Labor Relations Bulletin, 1993-2002
Folder 3Labor Relations Bulletin, 1993-2002
Folder 4Labor Relations Bulletin, 1993-2002
Folder 5Letter to Americans, 1953
Box 7
Folder 1Mary Smith: A Tribute To A Successful Secretary, 1948
Folder 2The New Prentice Hall Profit Sharing Plan, undated
Folder 3Office Girl's Workshop, 1966-1968
Folder 4Office Girl's Workshop, 1966-1968
Folder 5Office Guide [for Working Women], 1973-1981
Folder 6Office Guide [for Working Women], 1973-1981
Folder 7Office Guide [for Working Women], 1973-1981
Box 8
Folder 1Office Guide [for Working Women], 1982-1989, 1994
Folder 2Office Guide [for Working Women], 1982-1989, 1994
Folder 3Office Guide [for Working Women], 1982-1989, 1994
Folder 4Office Guide [for Working Women], 1982-1989, 1994
Folder 5Office Supervisor's Bulletin, 1962
Folder 6Office Workers' Manual, 1950
Folder 7Sales Manager's Bulletin, 1960
Box 9
Folder 1Sales Manager's Bulletin, 1961
Folder 2The Secretary's Guide to a Graceful Figure, 1967
Folder 3The Secretary's Guide to Handling People, 1970 (1989 printing)
Folder 4Secretary's Miracle Kit of Business English Aids and Letter-Writing Shortcuts, 1982
Folder 5The Secretary's Workshop, 1988
Folder 6Skill in Handling People: Motivation, 1951 (1956 printing)
Folder 7Supervisor's Bulletin, 1960, 1965-1966
Folder 8Supervisor's Bulletin, 1960, 1965-1966
Folder 9Teller Sense, 1972-1973
Folder 10Teller Sense, 1972-1973
Folder 11Thank you! By Dale Carnegie, 1952 (1956 printing)
Folder 12Tips and Shortcuts in Typing, Dictation, Filing and Office Procedure, 1964
Folder 13What's Ahead for the Veteran?, 1946
Folder 14What the New 1948 Draft Law Means To You and Your Family, 1948
Folder 15Women in Business: A Handbook for Business Girls, 1961
Folder 16You and Your Job, 1958
Related Material

The University of Maryland Libraries holds several publications from the Bureau of Business Practices in its collection. Researchers may find these materials by searching the University of Maryland Libraries' Online Catalog under "Author: Bureau of Business Practice."

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