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Authority Entry Tavistock Institute of Human Relations (TIHR); 1946-present
Corporate Name Tavistock Institute of Human Relations (TIHR)
DatesofExistence 1946-present
Other Form of Name TIHR
Other Form of Name Tavistock Institute
Other Form of Name Tavi
Historical or Biographical Information The Tavistock Institute was inaugurated in 1946, originally as the social and industrial division of the Tavistock Clinic, an out-patient psychological centre. The establishment of TIHR was assisted by a grant from the Rockefeller Foundation.

The Institute was established with the aim of integrating social science disciplines in research, teaching and consultancy. Its staff were drawn from a range of disciplines, including sociology, psychoanalysis, clinical psychology, social anthropology, economics, statistics and medicine. The Institute's early approaches to research included the employment of action research, and the development of socio-technical approaches, and evolved over the course of the Institute's history, including the adoption of systems and field theory combined with new perspectives in psychoanalysis and psychology, through to organisational development and evaluation work.

Much of the early work of Tavistock embodied an action research approach, through which Institute staff took a professional role in assisting with specific practical problems. In these early years, the Tavistock's income was derived from research grants, contract work for clients, largely in industry, but also in Government departments, non-profit and educational organisations, and fees for courses. TIHR divided its work into four main units: Programme Groups A and B within a Committee on Human Resources; Organisation and Social Change and Operations Research Unit; and a Committee on Family and Community Psychiatry. In 1947, Tavistock Publications was founded. A joint library was established with Tavistock Clinic to provide access to literature relating to matters relating to the social sciences and other subjects of interest to the Tavistocks.

In response to the growth of the Institute in the 1950s, two units were established: the Human Resources Centre (HRC) and the Centre for Applied Social Research (CASR). Some years later, in 1963, the Institute of Operational Research (IOR) was established in conjunction with the British Operational Research Society, and led by Neil Jessop, a mathematical statistician. IOR and HRC merged in 1979 to form the Centre for Organisational and Operational Research (COOR). The Institute's evaluation work evolved from the Self Help Alliance project, with a dedicated unit, the Evaluation Development Review Unit (EDRU) being established under the leadership of Elliot Stern in 1990.

There are a number of accounts of its history, including the following:

H. V. Dicks, Fifty years of the Tavistock Clinic (London: Routledge & Kegan Paul, 1970)

Eric Trist and Hugh Murray, The Social Engagement of Social Science: A Tavistock Anthology, available online here

Article on the British Library's web-site, available here

Tavistock Institute web-site, available here



Associated catalog records (click number link to see full record):

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"British Leyland: aftermath of participation"; "Tavistock Programme in NET"

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"Extension of CRU scheme"

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"File 2: Regimental nominations: WOSB analysis forms. No.1"

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"File 3: Regimental nominations: WOSB analysis forms. No 1A Officers"

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"File 4: Regimental nominations: Analysis of NCO's nominations"

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"File 5: Regimental nominations: approval / disapproval analysis"

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"File 6: Regimental nominations: Regimental Board Notes"

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"File 7: Regimental nominations: miscellaneous"

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"File 8: Regimental nominations: draft letters, etc, observer reports"

10

"Regular Soldiers"

11

"RTC Instructions in Psychology Testing (complete but not in order)"

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"Selection of Allied Personnel procedure compared with WOSB technique"

13

"Studies in Techniques of Personality Assessment: 2. Work Sample Methods"

14

"The Relation of WOSB Assessments to Officer Proficiency Ratings": officer follow-up papers

15

"Weekly Statistical Statements: the civil resettlement situations"

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"WOSB interview technique"

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2A (administrative) document registers

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2T document register [photocopy]

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2T records: 2T1-2T8

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2T records: 2T9-2T20

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2T records: 2T21-2T34

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2T records: 2T35-2T56 [missing 2T48; 2T49; 2T50]

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2T records: 2T57-2T65 [missing 2T63]

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2T records: 2T66-2T81

25

2T records: 2T82-2T100 [missing 2T84; 2T90]

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2T records: 2T101-121 [2T103 not complete; missing 2T104]

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2T records: 2T122-2T134

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2T records: 2T135-2T149

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2T records: 2T150-2T173 [missing 2T165; 2T166; 2T168; 2T171]

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2T records: 2T174; 2T177; 2T183-2T184

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2T records: 2T185; 2T187; 2T194; 2T197

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2T records: 2T200-2T214 [missing 2T205]

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2T records: 2T215-2T231

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2T records: 2T235-2T240 [missing 2T239]

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2T records: 2T241-2T249

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2T records: 2T250-2T266

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2T records: 2T267-2T281 [missing 2T278]

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2T records: 2T282-2T291

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2T records: 2T292-2T303

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2T records: 2T304-2T305

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2T records: 2T306-2T319

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2T records: 2T320-2T321

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2T records: 2T322-2T337 [Missing 2T325; 2T328-2T331; 2T335-2T336]

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2T records: 2T335

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2T records: 2T339-2T344 [missing 2T341]

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2T records: 2T345-2T353 [missing 2T346]

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2T records: 2T357-2T365 [missing 2T360; 2T363]

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2T records: 2T368-2T374 [missing 2T369]

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2T records: 2T375-2T388 [missing 2T386]

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2T records: 2T389-2T402 [missing 2T390; 2T395]

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2T records: 2T403-2T420

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2T records: 2T421-2T433

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2T records: 2T434-2T448 [missing 2T440-2T441; 2T444]

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2T records: 2T449-2T455 [missing 2T450]

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2T records: 2T456-2T464

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2T records: 2T465-470 [missing 2T468-2T469]

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2T records: 2T473-2T484 [missing 2T476-2T479]

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2T records: 2T485- 2T491 [missing 2T487-2T490]

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2T records: 2T492- 2T506

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2T records: 2T507-2T510

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2T records: 2T511-2T524 [missing 2T512; 2T514; 2T519; 2T523]

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2T records: 2T526-2T536 [missing 2T527-2T528; 2T532-2T533]

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2T records: 2T537-2T556 [missing 2T538; 2T543-2T545]

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2T records: 2T557-2T568 [missing 2T558; 2T566]

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2T records: 2T569-2T578

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2T records: 2T579-2T590

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2T records: 2T591-2T613 [missing 2T607]

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2T records: 2T614-2T641 [missing 2T619; 2T621-2T622; 2T627; 2T629-2T630; 2T633-2T638]

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2T records: 2T643-2T655 [missing 2T649; 2T651]

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2T records: 2T656-2T665

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2T records: 2T670-2T691; 2T709 [missing 2T671; 2T678; 2T690]

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2T22: Barrie Irving, Linden Hilgendorf, "The Fisher Inquiry"

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CASR document register

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CASR documents: Comision Federal de Electricidad Organisational Development Programme, working notes 1-15

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CASR records: 265; 286; 316; 340; 343; 375; 379; 398; 426

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CASR records: 15; 23; 30; 53; 58; 80; 90; 93

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CASR records: 98; 120; 123; 127; 131; 163

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CASR records: 185; 188; 197; 200; 242

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CASR records: 443; 573; 591; 605; 632; 651; 654

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CASR records: 672; 686; 689; 736; 744; 829; 838

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CASR records: 871; 882

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CASR records: 891; 904; 907; 917; 919; 950; 952

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CASR records: 971; 1041; 1069; 1081; 1082; 1093

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CASR records: 1051 (parts one and two)

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CASR records: 1098; 1119; 1128; 1165; 1195

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Civil Resettlement Planning Memoranda and related papers

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Civil Resettlement Planning Memoranda and related papers

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Civil Resettlement Training Notes, 1-8; paper on the principle of counselling for Resettlement Officers (ROs)

89

Civil Resettlement Units (CRU)

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CRU research reports and related documents

91

Digital Material

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Directorate of Army Psychiatry: technical memoranda no.13 "The Prisoner of War Comes Home"

93

Draft "Notes on Attitudes in Industry to the Employment of Ex-Regular Soldiers"

94

EDRU project proposal: "Evaluation of the EURES Activities"

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EDRU project proposal: Open Method of Coordination (OMC)

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EDRU project proposals

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EDRU records: 25; 27; 35; 37-38

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EDRU records: 39-44

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EDRU records: 45-52

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EDRU records: 53-54; 57-60

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EDRU records: 61-69; 71-72

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EDRU records: 73-78

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EDRU records: 79-88; 90

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EDRU records: 91-99 [Missing 96]

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EDRU records: 100-102

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EDRU records: 103-112

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EDRU records: ARTISAN, deliverables 04-06

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EDRU records: ARTISAN, deliverables 07-09

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EDRU records: ARTISAN, deliverables 10-12

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EDRU records: DELTA

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EDRU records: DELTA/ARTICULATE

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EDRU records: DELTA/DEVAL

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EDRU records: Enterprise in Higher Education (EHE)

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EDRU records: Evaluation of <i>Cracked</i>

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EDRU records: FORCE evaluation

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EDRU records: FORCE evaluation

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EDRU records: FORCE evaluation

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EDRU records: HELIOS II

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EDRU records: Leonardo Da Vinci Programme, CASEL

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EDRU records: Look After Your Heart Community Projects

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EDRU records: Multi Action in the Community

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EDRU records: ONE

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EDRU records: Research Action on Transferability of Training and Learning

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EDRU records: Residential Child Care Initiative (RCCI)

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EDRU records: SEAHORSE I

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EDRU records: SEAHORSE II

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EDRU records: SEAHORSE II

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EDRU records: SEAHORSE II

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EDRU records: Self Help Alliance (SHA)

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EDRU records: State of the Art on Approaches in the United States of Accreditation of Competencies through Automated Cards

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EDRU records: Telematics applications programme: CONCORD

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EDRU records: TELMED deliverable 01-02

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EDRU records: TELMED final report and annex

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EDRU records: The Regional Alcohol Misuse Coordinator Scheme

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EDRU records: TIERRAS Project

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EDRU records: TIERRAS Project

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EDRU records: Training Support Programme (TSP)

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EDRU records: TSER/COMPETE

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EDRU records: TSER/DELILAH Consortium

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EDRU records: TSER/DELILAH Consortium

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EDRU records: TSER/DELOS

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EDRU records: various

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EDRU records: various

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EDRU records: various

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EDRU records: various

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EDRU records: various

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EDRU records: various

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EDRU records: various

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EDRU records: various

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EDRU records: various

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EDRU records: various

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EDRU records: various

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EDRU records: various

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EDRU records: various

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EDRU records: various

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EDRU records: various

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EDRU records: various

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EDRU records: various

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EDRU records: various

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EDRU records: various

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EDRU records: various

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EDRU records: various

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EDRU records: various

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EDRU records: various

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EDRU records: various

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EDRU records: various

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EDRU records: various

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EDRU records: various

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EDRU records: various

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EDRU records: various

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EDRU records: various

172

Education and Professional Development

173

Eric Trist: RTC technical reports 1-38

174

Eric Trist: Selection Boards (University Courses)

175

Eric Trist: Selection of Higher Grade Personnel: Anti-Aircraft Command

176

Glacier Metal Company (The Glacier Project)

177

Governance and Central Administration

178

HRC document register and subject classification

179

HRC records: 27-28; 33; 47-48; 58; 64

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HRC records: 69; 79-81; 83; 99-101

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HRC records: 103; 110; 117; 120

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HRC records: 122; 126; 131; 133; 135

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HRC records: 141-142; 144; 146-148; 150-152

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HRC records: 176; 180; 184; 195-196; 198; 206-210; 218; 220

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HRC records: 220; 221; 228; 239; 254; 258; 264

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HRC records: 275; 279; 297; 315; 317-319; 324-325; 338; 343-348

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HRC records: 348; 356-357; 359; 362-363; 366; 374

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HRC records: 388; 392; 397; 405; 409; 415

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HRC records: 416; 418-419; 421; 425; 448-449; 458; 461; 466

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HRC records: 468; 490-492; 494; 503

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HRC records: 511; 517; 549; 554; 558; 561-563; 566; 569; 571

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HRC records: 575; 581; 588-589; 591; 594-595; 597

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HRC records: 600; 601; 604-606; 608; 618 [also includes unnumbered IMI report, Apr 1971]

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HRC records: 627; 631-632; 646; 650; 655; 658; 661

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HRC records: 663; 665; 160; 670; 672; 682; 683

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HRC records: 687; 690-691; 696; 701; 703; 712; 719; 721-722; 724; 736; 740; 745

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HRC records: 747; 748-749; 752; 756; 768; 772; 777-779

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HRC records: 780; 782; 794

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HRC records: 795-796; 798; 806; 807

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HRC records: 809; 813; 815; 821; 824; 827-828; 831; 833-834

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HRC records: 835-836; 838; 841; 845-846; 848-849; 854; 858-859; 862

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HRC records: 870; 878; 885; 888; 895; 911-912; 921; 924

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HRC records: 924; 926-927; 932-934; 953-955; 962

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HRC records: 967; 968; 979-982; 991; 993-996

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HRC records: HRC 2-20 [missing HRC 3-4; HRC 6; HRC 8; HRC 10-13; HRC 14; HRC 15-16; HRC 18-19

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HRC records:153; 156; 158-159;161-162; 165; 168; 170; 174

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Hugh Murray's Civil Resettlement Unit papers

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Hugh Murray's collected articles, reprints and papers on officer selection in the British Army

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IOR Document Register

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IOR records: "Public Planning: the inter-corporate dimension"

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IOR records: 1-5; 27; 66; 74; 101; 105-106; 111-118

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IOR records: 119-126; 128-131

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IOR records: 133-134; 136; 138-149

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IOR records: 150; 185-194; 196; 198-201; 203-206; 210-214

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IOR records: 215-238

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IOR records: 239-250; 252-255; 258-274

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IOR records: 275-287; 289-301; 3C2; 303; 305-306; 308-313; 315-316

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IOR records: 317-324; 326-336; 338-342; 344-356; CR158

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IOR records: 357-370

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IOR records: 371-384

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IOR records: 386-415

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IOR records: 416-440

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IOR records: 441-468

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IOR records: 469-492

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IOR records: 493-500; 509; 592

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IOR records: 544; 559; 561; 577; 588

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IOR records: 607; 621; 641; 656-660

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IOR records: 661-675

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IOR records: 689-695

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IOR records: 696-703

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IOR records: 704-720 [missing 706; 713]

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IOR records: 722-731 [missing 723]

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IOR records: 732-742 [733-734; 736; 738]

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IOR records: 743-750

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IOR records: 751-769 [missing 756-758; 761-762; 764-768]

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IOR records: 770-782

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IOR records: 783-798 [missing 786-787]

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IOR records: 799-808

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IOR records: 809-815

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IOR records: 816-835

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IOR records: 836-850 [missing 838; 847]

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IOR records: 851-868 [missing 858; 865]

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IOR records: 871-888 [missing 873]

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IOR records: 890-902 [missing 901]

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IOR records: 903-906; 914; 916; 932-933

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IOR records: various early records

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IOR records:677-688

248

Isabel Menzies Lyth's Civil Resettlement Unit papers

249

Isabel Menzies Lyth's notes on industry and civil resettlement units

250

Lists of Tavistock documents

251

National Coal Board (NCB)

252

Note of conversation between Major Reeve and John Bowlby; interviews by the psychiatrist and psychologist at WOSB

253

Notes for CRU vocational staff

254

Notes for CRU vocational staff and papers on the work of the Social Service Officer

255

Notes on board procedure and ratings

256

Notes on No. 14 WOSB developmental programme

257

Open Tech Programme reports

258

OR1 reports on army intake and recruitment

259

Other WOSB selection assignments

260

Paper on MTO's (leaderless groups) tests

261

Papers and talks: civil resettlement units and repatriation

262

Papers on Selection Boards (University Courses)

263

Papers relating to the administration of Civil Resettlement Units

264

Papers, notes and memomoranda relating to civil resettlement

265

Personal Papers

266

Principles and Practice of Group Work for CRUs

267

Projects and Work

268

Publishing and Publications

269

Regimental nomination index cards

270

Regimental nomination name slips

271

Regimental nomination notebooks

272

Regimental nominations

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Regimental Nominations

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Regimental nominations

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Regimental nominations: distributions of votes

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Regimental nominations: preliminary reports

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Regimental nominations: results

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Regimental nominations: rough lists of nominations and data

279

Regimental nominations: special reports

280

Regimental nominations: supply statistics

281

Regular soldier survey and paper on group meetings

282

Reports and papers relating to population and the location of industry

283

Research, Consultancy and Evaluation

284

RTC documents: guide to publications and technical memoranda

285

RTC information/technical bulletins, nos 1-12

286

RTC internal memoranda

287

RTC memorandum no.11: guide to publications list 2 (consolidating)

288

RTC Report: "A Selection Experiment in A.A. Command"

289

RTC reports on proficiency of officers selected by WOSB methods, and on OCTU rejection rates

290

RTC technical memoranda; WOSB pamphlet no. 1

291

RTC Technical Report no.116: "An Experiment in the Selection of Civil Servants with Special Reference to Organisation and Methods".

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SFP 1493; SFP 2949; SPF 3939; SFP 4491

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T series document register

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T series: T2; T4; T8; T10; T12; T16-T17; T21; T33; T35; T40; T42-T43; T45; T53; T75; T78

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T series: T79; T83; T88; T113-T114; T119; T125; T151; T156-T157; T159; T165; T176;

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T series: T179; T182; T187; T192; T195-T196

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T series: T199-200; T209; T211; T214-T216; T219; T222-T224; T226

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T series: T229; T235-T236; T242-T244; T252; T256; T260; T262; T265; T269-T273; T278

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T series: T279; T289-T290; T292; T295-T296; T298; T303; T304-T305; T307; T316; T325

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T series: T331-T332; T335; T337; T344; T348; T349; T351; T354; T355; T357-T359; T365; T367; T369

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T series: T385; T389; T408; T422; T433; T435-T436; T439; T441; T443; T222; T471; T474; T476; T484; T490; T495; T491; T493

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T series: T591-T592; T594; T597; T605; T613

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T series: T614-T615; T638; T642; T649; T657-T658; T662-T663; T665; T678; T689; T694; T696; T702; T704; T709; T720; T736

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T series: T741; T746-T749

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T series: T771-T772; T774; T776

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T series: T777; T780; T783; T786; T790; T795; T800; T807-T808

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T series: T813; T821; T830; T844; T797; T850

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T series: T852; T858; T870-T871; T875-T876; T879-T884; T886

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T series: T890-T891; T894; T899-T900; T904; T907; T913-T917; T920; T923-T924; T930; T934

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T series: T935; T937; T939; T941; T947; T962-T965; T951; T969-T970; T973-T974; T980; T983

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T series: T991; T995-T997; T999; T1004; T1010

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T series: T1016; T1020; T1022; T1024-T1025; T1027-T1031; T1033; T1043

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T series: T1034; T1034a

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T series: T1047; T1052-T1053; T1059; T1061-T1062

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T-series: T475; T571-T575; T581; T584; T589-T590

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T-series: T501; T503-T504; T508-T509; T516; T518; T527; T531-T533; T537a; T550; T552; T555; T557-T558; T562; T564-T565; T567; T570

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T423: "Preliminary Technical Appreciation of the Problem of Selecting Higher Grade Civil Servants during the Reconstruction Period"

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Tavistock Institute document register

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Tavistock Institute document: no.1

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Tavistock Institute documents: 248; 262; 270; 341; 380; 401; 440; 462; 470; 472; 473; 479; 482; 484; 491; 496; 497; 488

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Tavistock Institute documents: 407; 418; 419; 527; 576; 578; 594

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Tavistock Institute documents: 500-501; 507; 506; 516; 519-520; 527

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Tavistock Institute documents: 528; 536; 539-543; 548-549; 551

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Tavistock Institute documents: 556; 558; 562; 565; 567; 570; 572; 573; 579; 582; 587; 589

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Tavistock Institute documents: 560; 573; 528; 638; and other papers

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Tavistock Institute documents: 576; 594; 652; 630; 632-634; 643; 654

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Tavistock Institute documents: 592; 593; 594; 596-600

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Tavistock Institute documents: 601-602; 605-606; 608-609; 611-614; 620-622; 625-626; 629

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Tavistock Institute documents: 616; 627; 638; 657-658

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Tavistock Institute documents: 632-633; 636; 640; 644-646; 648-649; 653-653; 662; 664-665; 667

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Tavistock Institute documents: 674; 676-677; 679; 681; 685; 694; 696-699

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Tavistock Institute documents: 702; 704-705; 714

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Tavistock Institute documents: 970; 1119

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Tavistock Institute registered document series

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Tavistock unnumbered registered documents

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Tavistock unnumbered registered documents

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TIHR 1T (Technical) registered document series

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TIHR 2T registered document series

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TIHR A series (administrative records): 2A4; 2A66; 2A 1441

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TIHR A series (administrative records): A522-A625

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TIHR A series (administrative records): A626-A725

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TIHR A series (administrative records): A726-A799

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TIHR A series (administrative records): A1040-A1080

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TIHR A series (administrative records): A1081-A1125

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TIHR A series (administrative records): A1126-A1195

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TIHR A series (administrative records): A1196-A1250

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TIHR A series (administrative records): A1251-A1299; A1589

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TIHR A series (Administrative) registered document series

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TIHR Centre for Applied Social Research (CASR) registered document series

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TIHR Evaluation Development and Review Unit (EDRU) registered document series

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TIHR Human Resources Centre (HRC) registered document series

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TIHR Institute of Operational Research (IOR) registered document series

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TIHR registered document series

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TIHR research reports

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TIHR research reports

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TIHR research reports: "Without the Palace"; Lisl Klein, "The Use of Selected Social Science Concepts in the Investigation of the Problems of an Industrial Organisation"

357

TIHR research reports: Jean Neumann

358

TIHR research reports: various

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Trist and Sutherland: Selecting higher grade civil servants

360

Various Tavistock documents: unsorted

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Various Tavistock documents: unsorted

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Various TIHR registered documents

363

Volume of graphs displaying results of WOSB recruitment

364

War Office Selection Boards (WOSB)

365

War time work: collaboration between Tavistock and the British Army

366

WOSB box 3: "File 1: Regimental nominations: WOSB analysis forms. No.2"

367

WOSB Evaluation and Follow-Up

368

WOSB follow-up instructions, RTC technical instructions, etc

369

WOSB internal and management documents

370

WOSB Job Analysis: The Subaltern's Job

371

WOSB MSS "The Reliability and Inter-Relation of WOSB Assessments under Optimal Conditions"

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WOSB MSS "The Reliability and Inter-Relation of WOSB Assessments under Optimal Conditions"

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WOSB no. 14 MSS drafts

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WOSB nomination forms [completed]

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WOSB reporting on candidates (blank forms)

376

WOSB tests and test results

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WOSB tests: "VIT matrices (1958 - 20 mins) and Mill Hill (set A) equivalent scores - uncorrected for age"

378

WOSB tests: Arithmetic Test

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WOSB tests: Instructions for giving tests (various)

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WOSB tests: J. C. Raven, <i>Standard Progressive Matrices</i>

381

WOSB tests: progressive matrices

382

WOSB tests: progressive matrices (1943) instructions and keys

383

WOSB tests: Sundry Tests

384

WOSB tests: Tables of equivalent scores corrected for age

385

WOSB tests: Tables of equivalent scores uncorrected for age

386

WOSB tests: Thematic Apperception Test

387

WOSB tests: Three-ways self-description

388

WOSB tests: Weschler Contracted Verbal Scale and Similarities and and Wechsler general compehension test

389

WOSB write-up MSS

390

WOSB write-up MSS (first draft): "Officer Selection in the British Army"