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Collecting Oral History       Collecting Visual History


An archive of recordings

People who interacted

with Dr. W. Edwards Deming

The Los Angeles Times business staff compiled a list of the most influential business people of the 20th century. W. Edwards Deming was featured and credited as a catalyst for Japan’s economic surge in well-made consumer goods. He is regarded as having had more impact on Japanese manufacturing and business than any other individual not of Japanese heritage. Despite being honored in Japan in 1951 with the establishment of the Deming Prize, he was only just beginning to win widespread recognition in the U.S. at the time of his death in 1993. President Reagan awarded him the National Medal of Technology in 1987. The following year, the National Academy of Sciences gave Deming the Distinguished Career in Science award.

Since Dr. W. Edwards Deming’s death, people have heard of his teachings but many people struggle to understand the meaning of this different way of viewing business, and life. The struggle continues until the individual experiences a tipping point. After which they see the world differently, seeing a new meaning and interconnectedness associated with business and managing.

While Dr. Deming left the world both a written and visual body of knowledge about his thinking, the impact of his teachings on the people around him has not been captured. Mainly the people who were closely associated with his work in management. A visual history archive, adds context to Dr. Deming’s writings and recordings. Providing multiple pathways to learn from eyewitnesses of history across time, location, cultures, and social-political circumstances.

We believe an oral history by people who interacted with him are an excellent source of conveying the meaning of Dr. Deming’s teaching to future generations, and have a profound educational significance.

We are dedicated to capturing and archiving audio-visual testimonials, remembrances, and stories about Dr. Deming, for historical reference, researchers and other scholars.

The Deming Cooperative - 2019