Site Updated 2019-06-21

Welcome to the Family!

You've found a new project dedicated to one of America's greatest families.

I hope for this site to become not only the premier online source of information about the Gilbreth family, but an anchor point for the various communities of their admirers, and a platform for some related projects that include a forthcoming book.

The basic framework and content is coming together day by day, and I hope a few unfinished corners won't drive anyone away.

The entire Gilbreth family, 1925

The Gilbreth family in 1924, shortly before Frank Bunker Gilbreth Sr's death, with all eleven children who survived to adulthood. Standing are Frederick, Dan and Jack. Seated are Frank Jr, Martha, Dr. Lillian Moller Gilbreth, Frank Sr, Ernestine and Anne. On laps are Jane and Bob. Seated in front are Bill and Lillian Jr. (Original image from Purdue University archives)

What's Here?

A growing amount about the Gilbreth family and their interlocking worlds. Set a bookmark and check back frequently as I get more material added almost every day.

What's Coming?

More. Much more.

If you have ideas about what should be here, or comments about what is or what's promised, by all means drop me a line.

What's It All About?

Click Here or on the ABOUT button for some answers.


This is intended to be an open, collaborative project. Please do feel free to connect with me and the Gilbreth community if you are at all interested in ongoing efforts, discussion and participation

I hope to build on the knowledge and interest of everyone even lightly concerned with the topic, whether they are from the engineering community, just fans and admirers of this wonderful family and its lasting accomplishments or — please! — family themselves.

So, if you share my interest in the Gilbreth family, to any degree, drop me a note. Comments, questions, encouragement, ideas and big family jokes I haven't heard all welcome.


I'm James Gifford, and no, I'm