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Collection Details


Collection Name: Continental Group Project
Repository Name: Columbia University. Oral History Research Office [Repository Details]
Repository Location: New York, New York, United States
URL: http://www.columbia.edu/cu/lweb/indiv/oral/guides/cg.html
Dates Spanned: 1974-1975
Description: Semi-skilled factory workers and chief executive officers alike discuss corporate and industrial development in a variety of packaging fields embraced by Continental: metal cans, crowns and closures, glass and plastic containers, folding and corrugated cartons, fiber drums, grocery and multi-wall bags, paper cups and tubs, and flexible packaging. Manufacturing operations are described in detail, particularly in can plants and paper mills. Prominent themes are technological change through research and engineering, labor relations, mergers and acquisitions, corporate strategies and organization, international business, and government relations. Individual careers are followed, illustrating employee morale, the work ethic, opportunity and mobility in an industrial corporation, the role of personalities in management, the decision-making process, company loyalty, and corporate social responsibility.
Estimated Total of Interviews: 226
Interviews: [236 interview(s) listed in this collection]
Broad Subjects: Industry and Labor; Economics
ASP Subjects: Business; Business enterprises--United States; Depressions--1929--United States; Great Depression, 1929-1941; Manufacturing processes; Oral history; United States; World War I, 1914-1918; World War II, 1939-1945
Other Subjects: Company history
Collection Code: OHC0000819