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Collection Scope and Content Note


"This collection of documents, pamphlets, and manuscripts was willed to the U.S. Civil Service Commission Library by Ismar Baruch on his death in 1956. Since Mr. Baruch numbered among his hobbies both bookbinding and photography, along with whittling and philately, he bound the collection himself and photographed his own bookplate. The collection relates predominately to the Federal civil service, but includes a few general compilations on public personnel administration and classification. Most of the material is arranged chronologically, but, with classification and pay in separate sections since theses are the two major areas covered. The selection of documents and papers made by Mr. Baruch for retention and binding reflects his wide range of activity and research in classification and pay areas and presents an excellent historical picture of legislative and executive activities, particularly during the period 1914-1954." - p. iii of Mr. Baruch's guide

"Since Mr. Baruch was an attorney the collection also includes a number of volumes of internal law memoranda, decisions, compilations, and cases. He was well known as a lecturer in personnel administration at local universities and some of his printed lectures and notes are included. He was chairman of the committee of the Civil Service Assembly which prepared the classic text on position classification and was in the process of developing a similar text on pay administration. The preliminary notes and working papers for this book are in the collection. The bibliography of his papers, publications and articles indicates the prolific writings of a scholarly gentleman interested in all phases of Federal personnel administration, both currently and historically. A particularly personal item well remembered by his many friends in Federal personnel circles is a collection of doodles sketched at various conferences. The spine title has usually been used to identify individual volumes or collections, but since there is considerable overlap in dates the earliest date has been used in the listing. The material is arranged on the shelves according to the order shown in this compilation and has no other identification than the spine title. Some sets of documents such as those o the Personnel Classification Board and of other personnel organizations are not complete but these can be supplemented with volumes which are available in the general Pendleton Room Collection"- p. iii of Mr. Baruch's guide.

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