The Papers of Edward Kimball Hall at Dartmouth CollegeML-33

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Creator: Hall, Edward Kimball
Title Remainder: Papers. 1920-1932
Dates: 1920-1932
Identification: ML-33





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INVENTORY

THE PAPERS OF

EDWARD KIMBALL HALL

BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION ON: Edward Kimball Hall

Edward Kimball Hall was born on July 9, 1870, in Granville, Illinois. After attending St. Johnsbury Academy in Vermont, he went to Oberlin College in Ohio for one year and from there he transferred to Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire, receiving his Bachelor of Arts degree in 1892. A three-letter man in athletics, he was captain and coach of the football team in his senior year. He accepted the position of physical director and football coach at the University of Illinois and while there he established the first Mid-west intercollegiate track meet. He also studied in the office of a prominent lawyer in Urbana so that after two years he was able to enter Harvard Law School as a second-year man. He received his Bachelor of Laws degree in 1896 and then practiced law in Scranton, Pennsylvania for one year before joining Samuel Leland Powers in Boston, in 1897, in a firm which was to become Powers & Hall.

Miss Sally Drew of Lancaster, New Hampshire, became the wife of Edward K. Hall on July 1, 1902. They had three children - Richard, Dorothy, now Mrs. Laurence G. Leavitt of Norwich, Vermont, and Edward K., Jr.

In 1905, Mr. Hall became one of the seven original members of the rules committee for football of the National Collegiate Athletic Association. Taking over as chairman in 1911, he held the position until his death.

He became vice president of New England Telephone & Telegraph Company in 1913 where he stayed until 1917 when he became vice president of Electric Bond & Share Company of New York. In World War I, Edward K. Hall was chosen by the Secretary of War to join the organization of the Student Army Training Corps. He became business manager and built up an efficient operation having regional managers covering the whole United States.

In 1919 he was asked to become a vice president of American Telephone & Telegraph Company with the responsibility of dealing with the problems of personnel relations. Mr. Hall had great success in developing good will and cooperative endeavor among employees of the Bell System. He had an extraordinary personality, was widely recognized throughout the country as an outstanding leader in the field of industrial relations, and had the confidence of labor leaders.

E. K. Hall remained interested in football and Dartmouth College throughout his lifetime. He was elected in 1895 as an alumni representative to the Dartmouth Athletic Committee, as the Council was then known, and later was chairman of the committee that raised funds to build the alumni gymnasium. He was made a Trustee of the College in 1915 and had the honorary degree of Master of Arts conferred upon him in 1916.

Mr. and Mrs. Hall erected a complete college infirmary, named Dick Hall's House, at Dartmouth College, in memory of their eldest son, Richard Drew Hall, who died in 1924, after a few hours' illness, while a sophomore there.

When Mr. Hall retired in 1930 from American Telephone & Telegraph Company, the family moved to Hanover, New Hampshire, where he was a lecturer in Management and Industrial Relations at the Amos Tuck School of Business Administration at Dartmouth College until he died in 1932.

INTRODUCTION

The papers of Edward Kimball Hall, Dartmouth College, Class of 1892, were received on deposit in January 1959 from Edward Kimball Hall, Jr., Dartmouth College, Class of 1934, and John Walter Pearson, Dartmouth College, Class of 1911. The body of papers housed in 7 boxes utilizing 7½ linear shelf feet remains for the most part in the same order as received. It is the record of E. K. Hall chiefly for the period of the 1920's and up to the time of his death in 1932. During the greater part of this period Mr. Hall was vice president of the American Telephone and Telegraph Company and the bulk of the papers reflects his interest in promoting good personnel relationships. The papers are mainly made up of articles, speeches, speech notes, conference reports, and clippings on personnel and personnel management. Other material includes letters and memorabilia upon his retirement from AT&T; letters of condolence, eulogies, and newspaper clippings at the time of his death; material relating to his duties in the Student Army Training Corps during World War I; and notes on his course at the Amos Tuck School of Business Administration.

Permission to consult the papers may be secured from Mrs. Laurence G. Leavitt of Norwich, Vermont, daughter of E. K. Hall, Sr.






BOX 1

FOLDER 1.

Biographical Sketch by Parke H. Davis



FOLDER 2.

Biographical Sketch from P P & L Reporter (Pennsylvania Power & Light Company)



FOLDER 3.-20.

Letters of Sympathy Arranged Alphabetically by Senders



FOLDER 21.-33.

Newspaper Clippings of Obituaries and Eulogies from 46 States and the District of Columbia Arranged Alphabetically by States



FOLDER 34.

Spalding's Official Foot Ball Guide



Eulogy and Resolution Adopted by the Foot Ball Rules Committee of the National Collegiate Athletic Association on the Death of its Honored Chairman



FOLDER 35.

Statement by Dorothy Hall Leavitt about Her Father



FOLDER 36.

Telegrams of Sympathy and List of Senders



BOX 2

FOLDER 1.

Articles by EKH



FOLDER 2.

Articles by EKH, Vol. I



FOLDER 3.

Articles by EKH, Vol. II



FOLDER 4.

Articles by EKH, Vol. III



FOLDER 5.

Biographical Sketches of EKH



FOLDER 6.

Genealogical Data



FOLDER 7.

Illinois Manufacturers' Association Speech



“A Plea for the Man in the Ranks”



Copies and Correspondence



FOLDER 8.

Illuminated Manuscript Honoring EKH by Electric Bond Share Company



FOLDER 9.

Illuminated Manuscript Honoring EKH by New England Telephone & Telegraph Company



FOLDER 10.

Letters to EKH upon His Retirement



FOLDER 11.

Pausacaco Meetings



FOLDER 12.

Tributes to EKH



BOX 3

FOLDER 1.

Photographs, Including 2 of EKH



FOLDER 2.

Scrapbook of Clippings



Retirement from American Telephone & Telegraph Company



New Position as a Lecturer on Industrial Relations and Business Management at the Amos Tuck School of Business Administration, Dartmouth College



FOLDER 3.-9.

Speeches and Material Including Clippings and Correspondence re Speeches Given at Dinners, Banquets, and Meetings



BOX 4

FOLDER 1.

Student Army Training Corps, World War I



Business Director's Final Report



Index to Letters of Appreciation from Various Units of the S.A.T.C.



Letters of Acknowledgment



FOLDER 2.

Clippings of Articles re Work Done by Business Director, EKH and Committee on Education and Special Training



FOLDER 3.

Committee on Education and Special Training



A Review of Its Work During 1918 by the Advisory Board



FOLDER 4.

Letters from Colleges upon Completion of Settling of Contracts with the Government



FOLDER 5.

Letters of Commendation



BOX 5

FOLDER 1.

American Management Association



16 Various Pamphlets



FOLDER 2.

Employee Representation Plans



Associated Companies of the Bell System



FOLDER 3.

League for Industrial Rights



Articles, Letters, and 1 Pamphlet



FOLDER 4.

Letters and Clippings re Visit of EKH



The Southwestern Bell Telephone Company, March 1928



FOLDER 5.

McGraw-Hill Book Company, Inc.



2 Letters and Replies



FOLDER 6.

Material on Stabilization of Employment



FOLDER 7.

Material Received from Walter Kidde on Human Relations in Engineering



FOLDER 8.

The National Civic Federation



Correspondence and Pamphlets



FOLDER 9.

Pencil Notes of EKH Speeches



1924-1925



FOLDER 10.

Pencil Notes of EKH Speeches



1931



FOLDER 11.

Personnel, vol. 9, no. 2, November 1932



FOLDER 12.

Personnel



Miscellaneous Articles



FOLDER 13.

Personnel Research Federation



FOLDER 14.

Poems by EKH and Others



FOLDER 15.

Selection of Bell System Letters and Papers Relating to Personnel Work Particularly Employee Representation



FOLDER 16.

Talks by EKH



Extra Copies



BOX 6

FOLDER 1.

Comments on EKH's Talks to Illinois Bell Telephone Employees, February, 1925



FOLDER 2.

Employee Representation in the American Telephone and Telegraph Company, August 5, 1929



FOLDER 3.

Employee Representation Plans, October 1, 1927



FOLDER 4.

General Personnel Conference



Rye Beach, New Hampshire, October 24-31, 1923



FOLDER 5.

Joint Conference Committee Meetings in the Bell System, July, August, September, 1927



FOLDER 6.

Ninth Personnel Conference



Chicago, Illinois, October 12-16, 1924



FOLDER 7.

Outline and Notes for Management and Industrial Relations Course at Amos Tuck School at Dartmouth College



FOLDER 8.

Possibilities of Applying Scientific Methods to Personnel Relations in a Business Organization



BOX 7

FOLDER 1.

“Public Utilities as Allies of Industry”



Address given by EKH before the Boston



Chamber of Commerce, March 1, 1923, Original Draft, Printed Copies and Correspondence



FOLDER 2.

Additional Pencil Notes for Speeches



FOLDER 3.

“George E. McFarland, Pioneer”



Pamphlet by Telephone Pioneers of America





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