Name of the collection:  Orlo L. Crissey
Inclusive dates:  1944-1975
Size of the collection:  2 linear ft.
Acquisition:  The collection (donor no. 089) was deposited with the Genesee Historical Collections Center in February, 1985.
Access:  There are no restrictions on access.
Photographs:  Six photographs were removed and cataloged separately.
Processed by:  Darwin C. Matthews, November, 1985.

BIOGRAPHY

Dr. Orlo L. Crissey was born in Norfolk, Nebraska, on December 29, 1904.  He received his doctorate from the State University of Iowa and in 1937 was named the director of the Flint Child Guidance Center.  In 1942, he began working at AC Spark Plug Division of General Motors Corporation in Flint as the Educational Director and Industrial Psychologist.  From 1948 until his retirement in 1970, he worked at General Motors Institute as Director of Personnel Evaluation Services and as a special assistant to the President of GMI.  After retiring, Dr. Crissey continued working as a consultant for various American industrial enterprises.

Dr. Crissey's principal research interests while at AC concerned methods of selecting employees for specific jobs and helping returning veterans adjust to civilian life and employment.  Under Crissey's direction, over 14,000 men and women participated in AC's vocational guidance program.  At GMI he was involved in programs that focused on improving the quality of the work environment through recognition of the importance of people, their potential for development, and the need for activities and programs to develop that potential.

Dr. Crissey was active in state and national professional organizations, especially the American Psychological Association, serving as president of the A.P.A.'s Division of Business and Industrial Psychology and being named a fellow of the A.P.A.'s Division of Industrial, Consulting, and Clinical Psychology.  He also served as President of the Committee on Certification of the Michigan Psychological Association.  He served as a board member on the Flint Council of Social Agencies, the Flint Community Chest, and the Kiwanis Club.

He had three children from his marriage to Jennie Crissey.  In 1966 he married Marie Skodak.  He died September 4, 1993.

SCOPE AND CONTENT

The Orlo L. Crissey Papers are arranged into six major subgroups.  These include the Flint Guidance Center, the Michigan Industrial Training Council, AC Spark Plug Division of General Motors, General Motors Institute, consulting activities, and the Flint Kiwanis Club.  The largest amount of materials deals with Dr. Crissey's activities at AC and GMI.  The reports, speeches, and studies in these files reflect Dr. Crissey's pioneering activities in the field of industrial psychology.  The Flint Kiwanis Club papers include materials concerning the Kiwanis Health Camp and board correspondence.

FOLDER LIST

BOX 1
FLINT GUIDANCE CENTER, 1944
MICHIGAN INDUSTRIAL TRAINING, 1943-1948
        Constitution
        Correspondence
        Membership lists
        Memoranda, reports, speeches
                (1 of 2)
                (2 of 2)
        Newsletter
AC SPARK PLUG DIVISION OF GENERAL MOTORS CORPORATION, 1942-1948
        Correspondence
        Reports and tests
                "The Use of Tests in Industry:  Basic Principles," by Orlo L. Crissey, 1947
                "Psychological Tests as an Aid to the Interview," by Wilma T. Donahue, 1945
                "Personnel Test Inventory," by W. J. Thompson, 1948
                "Basic Philosophies Underlying the Thinking of Our Manufacturing Supervision in Their Relations with Their Employees," AC  Spark Plug
                    Division, no date
                "Working with Individuals:  A Course Summary," AC Spark Plug Division Educational Department
        S. A. I. Conference "Duties of the General Foreman, Departmental Foreman, Foreman, and Jobsetter," 1944-1945
        Topical files
                Civil Service Commission
                Engineering education
                Flint Industrial Executives' Club
                Follow-up study of deaf employees at AC
                Gasoline rations
                General Motors Institute - Course design
                Hanman, Bert - Correspondence
                Institute for Community Research
                Midwestern Psychological Association - "Problems and Trends in Industrial Psychology as a Profession"
                Problems of civilian handicapped
                Process engineering
                Psychological Corporation
                Purdue University
                        (1 of 2)
                        (2 of 2)
                United States Rubber Company
                Wayne University.  School of Occupational Health
GENERAL MOTORS INSTITUTE, 1948-1969
        Correspondence
        Reports and projects
                General Motors Institute presentation to the Employee Relations Policy Committee
                Hints on interviewing
                Improving the quality of our product
                Long-range managerial development
                Managerial development
                Nervous fatigue and boredom
                Outline of planned performance approach
                Personnel evaluation services
                Picture of research activity
                A planned performance evaluation and improvement program for management
                Psychologists in Industry group
                Research team basic statement
                Suggested questions for interviewing
                Techniques of employment interviewing
        Topical files, 1948-1969
                Affirmative action program
                Benefits of the job evaluation performance of the Harrison Radiator Division
                Correspondence
                Division 14, American Psychological Association
                Hess Oil and Chemical Company
                National Safety Congress
                President's Conference on Industrial Safety
                Purdue University
                Wrangler's Club
CONSULTING ACTIVITIES, NO-NAME GROUP, 1972-1976
        (1 of 2)
        (2 of 2)
KIWANIS CLUB OF FLINT
        Kiwanis Club Health Camp
        Board correspondence
        Miscellaneous