OCTOBER 20 Seminar: Caitlin Rosenthal, Harvard, A hands-on look at security and anti-forgery technology in early American business documents. Now open to all. Please register. JCB Conference Room, 11:00 a.m.
Before the digital age, what anti-forgery and counterfeit protection technologies were used? In this hands-on workshop, we will examine 18th & 19th Century financial instruments and business papers from the collections of the John Carter Brown Library and the paper technologies of early America.
Caitlin Rosenthal is the Newcomen Postdoctoral Fellow in Business History at Harvard Business School. Her current book project, From Slavery to Scientific Management, explores the transformation of quantitative business practices during the long nineteenth century. The manuscript stretches from the sugar plantations of the late eighteenth century Atlantic world through the rise of cotton, textiles, and the railroads, concluding in the early twentieth century with Frederick Winslow Taylor’s scientific management movement. She first became interested in studying business records while crunching numbers as a consultant with McKinsey & Company.