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The Johns Hopkins University
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Roy (Robert H) 1906-
Size: 1 records center box
(1.25 linear ft.)
Processed: May 1993
By: Joan Grattan
Provenance: The papers were a gift of
Robert H. Roy, January, 1993.
Permission: Permission to publish material from this
collection must be requested in writing
from the Manuscripts Librarian at the
Citation: Robert H. Roy Papers Ms. 354
Milton S. Eisenhower Library,
The Johns Hopkins University
Roy (Robert H.) 1906-
The papers were given to the University by Robert H. Roy, January,
1993. The Accession Number is 92-93.29.
Robert H. Roy was born in Baltimore, MD in 1906. Following his
graduation from The Johns Hopkins University with the B.E. degree
in 1928, he joined Waverly Press, Inc. in Baltimore and advanced to
the position of vice president for engineering. At the Press, he
was actively involved in engineering research and development of
new equipment in the printing field. He developed the Roy type
case which permitted greater speed and accuracy for type setters.
He also developed a system of pre-positioning press forms which
materially increases press room production. By time and motion
studies he created new press room procedures and work standards
which also increased output.
In 1945, Roy became a labor arbitrator for the American Arbitration
Association and served in thirty cases involving various companies
and unions. He was a contract arbitrator for Lever Brothers Co.
and the International Chemical Workers-A.F.L.
In 1949, Roy returned to Hopkins when he joined the faculty as an
associate professor of industrial engineering. In 1953, he was
appointed Dean of the School of Engineering, a position he held
until his retirement in 1973. Professor Roy has been active in
several professional societies and has had more than 40 articles
published. He is the author of several books on industrial
engineering including The Administrative Process (1958), Operations
Research and Systems Engineering (1964), and Horizons for a
Profession (1967). Robert H. Roy continues to live in Baltimore.
Professor Roy's two daughters encouraged him to write an account of
his varied career and to describe his many professional and civic
activities. In 1990, he published privately a memoir,
Bragolections, in which he described the accomplishments in both
his industrial and his academic careers. A copy of this memoir
is available in the Ferdinand Hamburger, Jr. Archives, Special
Collections. (Bragolections is filed under the author's name in the
Scope and Content Note
The collection of Johns Hopkins University professor and engineer,
Robert H. Roy, is formed largely by his published articles on
engineering science and technology. The written work, 1938-1981,
reflects Professor Roy's career and demonstrates the way in which
he applied his engineering background to both industry and to
teaching and administration.
The collection has been artificially arranged, and the writings
have been filed chronologically. The papers do not include lecture
notes, research notes, personal items, or administrative items from
his sevice as Dean, School of Engineering. Aside from the
published articles, the collection also contains several
certificates and awards received by Professor Roy, some incoming
correspondence (1953-1967), and reports and papers from
conferences, seminars attended by Professor Roy. Incoming letters,
1953-1954, are messages of congratulations regarding Roy's
appointment as Dean of the Engineering School. Other
correspondence, 1964-1967, relates to publishing matters.
Roy's published articles (1938-1955) were related to his interest
in industrial engineering and more specifically to operations and
efficient management in the printing business. When he joined the
faculty at Hopkins he wrote often about engineering curriculums and
the professional aspects of the field of engineering (1956-1981).
Professor Roy's work in operations research and the administrative
processes of engineering were recognized internationally. In the
collection are copies of texts written by Roy, translated into
Japanese and Arabic.
A complete listing of items in the collection can be found in the
"Accreditation Report" (Published n.d.), School of Engineering
Awards, Certificates (1945-1991)
American Institute of Certified Public Accountants
Book Reviews by Robert H. Roy, 1978, 1984
Convocation in honor of Andrew Schultz, Jr.; Cornell (May 9, 1980)
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical Institute (Honorary degree, April 1970)
Hazardous Waste Facilities Board (State of MD, 1984)
Incoming Correspondence, 1953-1954
Incoming Correspondence, 1964-1967
Memorial for Joseph Trueman Thompson, March 1977
(Article: "Dishonored in the Breach: Sabotage of a Good Law"
Photographs: 25th Class reunion, 1953
Meeting of GAO, Nov. 1967
Reviews: The Administrative Process (1958-1961)
Reviews: Horizons for a Profession (1967)
Reviews: Management of Printing Production
Washington College (Honorary Degree, Sept. 14, 1982)
Western Electric Seminar, Jan. 22, 1969
Published articles of Robert H. Roy:
1938: "Air Conditioning the Book Pressroom."
Bookbinding & Book Production, Nov. 1938.
1938: "Printing Plant Air Conditioning." Refrigerating
Engineering, July 1938.
1941: "Press Production." Printing, Oct. 1941.
1942: "Press Packing." Engineer, April 1942.
1942: "Why Engineering Pays." Printing, April 1942.
1943: "Why Engineering Pays." The Baltimore Engineer,
1943: "Formula Composition." Printing, March 1943.
1948: "Format and Typography." State Medical Journal Clinic,
(Conference of Secretaries and Editors of State,
Medical Assoc. Journals, Nov. 7, 1947.)
1948: "Precision Pays." British & Colonial Printer.
Jan. 30 & Feb. 27, 1948.
1948: "This New Hand Composition System Meets Today's
Drastically Changed Requirements." Inland Printer,
1948: "An Alumnus-and a New Curriculum." Johns Hopkins Alumni
Magazine, V. 37, #1, Nov. 1948.
1949: "Good Foremanship Requires More than Rules and
Regulations." Industry and Power, April 1949.
1949: "How to Increase Production." Printing Magazine,
1950: "Report of the President." The Baltimore Engineer,
V. 25, #5, June 1950.
1950: "How Research Brought Gains in Caster and
Keyboarding Time." Printing Magazine, July 1950.
1951: "Modern Production Management." PIA Management Reports.
V. 5, #45, Nov. 9, 1951.
1952: "Do Wage Incentives Reduce Costs?" Industrial and Labor
Relations Review, V. 5, #2, Jan. 1952.
1952: "New Plans at Hopkins." Johns Hopkins Magazine, V. 3,
#7, April 1952.
1953: "Operations Research and Industrial Engineering..."
Scientific Monthly, V. 87, #3, Sept. 1953.
1955: "Education for Professional Practice." The Exponent,
1956: "On Staff Organization and Operations Analysis."
Operations Research, V. 4 #3, June 1956.
1959: "Engineering Science and the National Science Foundation.
J. of Engineering Education, V.50, #3, Dec. 1959.
1959: Review of Work Simplification: Creative Thinking about
Work Problems. Robert N. Lehrer. (1957).
Operations Research, V. 7, #3, May-June 1959.
1960: "A Case Study in Newspaper Operations." Reprinted from
Operations Research and Systems Engineering ed. by
Charles D. Flagle, Wm. H. Huggins, Robert H. Roy.
1962: "Mathematical Models for Public Utility Rate Regulation."
J. of Industrial Engineering, Jan.-Feb. 1962.
1962: [Reprint is not titled] J. of Industrial Engineering,
1962: Review of Industrial Diagnosis by K. Pennycuick (1961).
1963: "Role of the Engineer in Today's Society. Baltimore,
1964: "An Outline for Research in Penology." Operations
Research, Jan.-Feb. 1964.
1966: "Banner with a Strange Device.: Engineering Education,
1966: "The Undergraduate Engineering Curriculum in the
United States." Reprint from Cento Conference on
Engineering Education, (Isfahan, Iran, Nov. 7-13,
1967: "The Curriculum in Industrial Education." Industrial
Engineering, Sept. 1967.
1967: "Introspection - and a Forward Look." Engineering
Education, Sept. 1967.
1968: Reply to "The Common Body of Knowledge for CPAs: Some
Problems in Analysis," an article by Mayer N.
Zald. J. of Accounting Research, V.6 #1,
1968: "Horizons for a Profession." J. of Accountancy,.
1968: "Proposed: A National Society for All Engineers."
J. of Engineering Education, V.59 #4, Dec. 1968.
1968: "A Proposal for the Establishment of a National
Engineering Society." The Bent of Tau Beta Pi,.
1969: "Industry's Stake in the Changing Engineering
Curriculum." Report of the College-Industry
Conference, Feb., 1969.
1981: "Politics, Social Forces, and Engineering Management."
Engineering Management International, Jan. 1981.
: Review of Beyond Mechanization: Work and Technology in a
Post-Industrial Age by Larry Hirschhorn. (1984)
Am. J. of Sociology. n.d.
n.d "Operations Research in the Printing Industry."
Conference Reports, Panel Discussions:
1936 "Type Durability." Report of a Test Made by the Waverly
Press, Balto., 1936.
1961 Proposal to the Ford Foundation
1966 CENTO Conference on Engineering Ecucation, Isfahan, Iran.
1968 "Final Report (No. 5) on Operations Research and
Systems Engineering Study of a University Library
1976 Panel on Public Policy on Nuclear Engergy for
1976 "Outlook for Nuclear Power." Nuclear Power Seminar
sponsored by Balto. Gas & Elec. Co., October 14,
1976 Robert H. Roy Symposium on Decision Making.
1977 Resum‚s of Members, Governor's Science Advisory Council,
State of Maryland, 1977.
Produttivita, November 1952.
Vector, November 1953.
The Johns Hopkins Magazine, June 1953 and March-April 1963.
Thanatopsis by William Cullen Bryant (Privately printed, 1953.)
Arabic translation of The Cultures of Management. Balto.: The
Johns Hopkins Press, 1970.
Japanese translations of:
The Administrative Process. Balto.: The Johns Hopkins
Operations Research and Systems Engineering. Balto.:
The Johns Hopkins Press, 1964.
Horizons for a Profession. Balto.: The Johns Hopkins
Nederlandse Boekdrukkers in Amerika. (A published volume describing
a fact-finding tour by teams from the Dutch printing industry to
printing works in the United States, February and March 1951.)
Carnot, S. Reflection on the Motive Power of Heat. Translated by
R. H. Thurston. New York: American Society of Mechanical
Engineers, 1943. Designed and Composed by Robert H. Roy.
Bound copy of Journal of Accounting Research. V. 6, 1968.