( Never say cover design isn't an art! )
This project has a number of goals that add up to reminding the world of Frank and Lillian Gilbreth's lasting and influential contributions and telling all the parts of the family and professional story that have been overlooked. There are three paths to those ends: this website, a series of academic papers, and a book.
The website is meant to be an online resource bringing together a wide variety of information about Frank and Lillian Gilbreth, the Gilbreth family and their worlds. It will continue to grow and will remain available as long as there's a web to hold it. The papers are in progress.
But a “Gilbreth book” is long overdue.
Yes, there's been a lot of writing about the Gilbreths, especially the professional work, over the years, but it's been entirely short papers, book chapters and other concise work that doesn't expand much on what the long-ago biographies gave us. There's a tendency for the many biographical sketches, ’pedia entries and professional writings to repeat the facts as they were selectively written, long ago, a generation back if not two.
So a new book is well underway.
Call it a multiperson biography, a family history, whatever you like. To me, it's an exceptional story of an exceptional family with a smörgåsbord of exceptional achievements in an exceptional time. And I'm writing it as fast as i can, because I can't wait to share it with you.
If you're intrigued, I've started posting some essays based on research that's much deeper and broader than I can use in the book itself. You'll find them over here.
And now I've added a blog so that I can throw even faster, looser stuff at your screen.
(Media, professional and publishing inquiries welcomed.)