A collection of reflections on the first fifty years of the School of Industrial and Labor Relations at Cornell University. Compiled by Robert B. McKersie, J. Gormly Miller, Robert L. Aronson, and Robert R. Julian. Edited by Elaine Gruenfeld Goldberg.

It was the hope of the compilers that the reflections contained in this book would both kindle memories of the school and stimulate interest on the part of future generations of "ILRies" who have not yet shared in its special history.

Dedicated to the Memory of J. Gormly Miller, 1914-1995.

© Copyright 1996 by Cornell University. All rights reserved.

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  • The ILR School at Fifty: Voices of the Faculty, Alumni & Friends (Full Text) 

    McKersie, Robert B.; Miller, J. Gormly; Aronson, Robert L.; Julian, Robert R. (1996-01)
    A collection of reflections on the first fifty years of the School of Industrial and Labor Relations at Cornell University. Compiled by Robert B. McKersie, J. Gormly Miller, Robert L. Aronson, and Robert R. Julian. Edited ...
  • 1. Introduction 

    Lipsky, David B. (1996-01)
    From the introduction, by David Lipsky, “In dreams begin responsibilities. The dream that Irving Ives and a handful of others had over half a century ago ultimately became the preeminent institution of its type in the ...
  • Cover, Dedication, Preface, Contents 

    McKersie, Robert B.; Miller, J. Gormly; Aronson, Robert L.; Julian, Robert R.; Gruenfeld Goldberg, Elaine (1996-01)
    The cover, dedication, preface, and content pages from The ILR School at Fifty, a collection of reflections on the first fifty years of the School of Industrial and Labor Relations at Cornell University. Compiled by Robert ...
  • 2. Establishment of the School 

    Miller, J. Gormly; O'Brien, Emmet; Konvitz, Milton R. (1996-01)
    The formal establishment of the New York State School of Industrial and Labor relations grew out of the thoughtful and vigorous action of a unique group of practical politicians who firmly believed, as they stated in their ...
  • 3. Launching the New Enterprise 

    O'Brien, Emmet; McKelvey, Jean; Neufeld, Maurice F.; Adams, Leonard P.; Whyte, William F.; Greenbaum, Marcia L.; Lipsky, David; Patten, Jr., Thomas H.; Raudabaugh, John N.; Cutcher-Gershenfeld, Joel; Robey, Bryant; Gershenfeld, Gladys; Gross, James A.; Arthur, Charles; Hook, Sidney; Konvitz, Milton R. (1996-01)
    As the academic year of 1945-46 approached, the intensity of activity in preparation for actually opening the school in the fall term became overwhelming. Incredible though it may seem, Ives and Day were able in a period ...
  • 4. The School Develops 

    Seidenberg, Jacob; Argyris, Chris; Jensen, Eric; Yager, Paul; Raimon, Robert; Arthur, Charles; Greenbaum, Marcia L.; O'Brien, Emmet; Neufeld, Maurice; McConnell, John W.; Hildebrand, George; Konvitz, Milton R.; Miller, Frank; Windmuller, John; Donovan, Ron (1996-01)
    Between 1947 and 1953, when M.P. Catherwood left the deanship to become New York’s industrial commissioner, the ILR School developed into a full fledged enterprise. These pages attempt to capture some of the excitement ...
  • 5. The John McConnell Era 

    McConnell, John W.; Arthur, Charles; Hildebrand, George; McKersie, Alison; Raimon, Bob; Edwards, Harry T. (1996-01)
    The years 1959 through 1962 were full of ferment and sweeping change with striking developments in location, curriculum, and extension programs in the ILR School. Of primary importance in the school’s history was the move, ...
  • 6. The 1960s 

    Moore, David; Helsby, Robert; Greenspan, Joan; Hoffman, Richard; Barkas Hoffman, Eileen; Jacobson, Carolyn J.; Blau, Francine (1996-01)
    From David Moore – “I served as dean of the ILR School during the 1960s. This was a period that started in relative tranquility and ended in tumultuous disarray with students demonstrating, administrators trying to maintain ...
  • 7. The 1970s 

    McKersie, Robert; Jensen, Eric; Whyte, William F.; Yager, Paul; Sheinkman, Jack; Newman, Harold; Helsby, Robert; Hardin, Fran; Varcasia, Connie (1996-01)
    From View from the Dean’s Office by Robert McKersie. “I had been on the job just a week when Keith Kennedy, vice provost, called and said we needed to make a trip to Albany to meet the chancellor of SUNY, Ernest Boyer. ...
  • 8. The 1980s 

    Rehmus, Charles; Doherty, Robert E.; Huttar, James; DeAngelo, Charles S.; Baitsell, John M. (1996-01)
    From the Introduction, “The Changes at ILR that began in the seventies slipped imperceptibly into the eighties, and those that may have originated at that time have, for better or worse, left their mark on the present ...

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