Spotlight on the Tavistock Institute archive project


A pamphlet box from the TUC Library, containing material published by the Tavistock Institute.

Following our recent participation in the Senate House Libraries & Research History Day, we discovered a fascinating project by the library of the Wellcome Trust to catalogue the archives of the Tavistock Institute for Human Relations.

The Tavistock Institute was founded in 1946 and studies organisational behaviour, workplace relations and management psychology. Their archive collections therefore share a great deal in common with those of the TUC Library.

You can follow the progress of the project at

The TUC Library holds a number of publications from the Tavistock Institute, including some of their annual reports and a run of their journal Human Relations.

There are also one-off publications such as this statement of the Institute’s aims and organization.

There are also publications with a more topical relevance, such as this report from 1970 into the issue of workers’ participation on management boards (from a case study of British Rail employees):

“Worker participation in management” report by the Tavistock Institute, 1970.

For more information about what the TUC Library holds from the Tavistock Institute, or any of the wider subjects such as workplace relations and psychology, get in touch.


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