Albert Harvey Grimshaw

North Carolina State University Faculty Member and Textile Researcher

Albert Harvey Grimshaw in 1940, age 57

Textile Samples from Albert Harvey Grimshaw’s Masters Thesis at North Carolina State

Albert Harvey Grimshaw was born on May 29, 1883 in Rhode Island, the son of Amos James and Anna (Austin) Grimshaw and grandson of Riley and Margaret (Briggs) Grimshaw (see companion webpage). Albert received his education from several schools, including North Carolina State (NCS) College, where he wrote a thesis entitled “Microscopic Research of Factors Varying Penetration of Dyes on Rayons and Kindred Fibres”. He became an instructor at the New Bedford Textile School in 1917, and in 1925 he moved to the position of professor of textile chemistry and dyeing at NCS College, which he held for 24 years. He died in 1949 shortly after retiring and is buried in the North Burial Ground, Providence Rhode Island with his parents, Amos and Annie (Austin) Grimshaw, and his wife Bertha (LeCain) Grimshaw, who died a few years after Albert.

While at NCS College, Albert apparently donated a photocopy and microfilm copy of the indenture of apprenticeship document of his father, Amos James Grimshaw, to James Mather Daltry, to learn the “Art, trade, and business of a reed maker and Heald Knitter”, which is now in the NCS University Libraries Special Collections Research Center. Also donated was a copy of the 1944 “Grimshaw Newsletter”, which describes the lives of Grimshaw’s classmates at NCS College. Copies of Amos Grimshaw’s apprenticeship document have been obtained by Thad Grimshaw, and images are included on this webpage.

Albert’s son, Austin Grimshaw, followed in his father’s footsteps as an academic professional. He received a Ph.D. from the Harvard School of Business in about 1937 and was on the faculty of the University of Illinois and then Dean of the Business School at the University of Washington starting in 1948. Austin Grimshaw is the subject of a companion webpage.


Webpage Credits

Albert Harvey Grimshaw Biography

Photo of Albert Harvey Grimshaw

Page from Albert’s Thesis

Albert Grimshaw’s Thesis at North Carolina State College

Was Albert Grimshaw a Women’s Rights Enthusiast?

Which Grimshaw Family Line is Albert Grimshaw Descended From?

“Biographical History” of Amos James, Albert Harvey Grimshaw’s Father

Amos James Grimshaw Apprenticeship Document

Who Did Amos James Grimshaw Serve His Apprenticeship With?

Copy of Amos Grimshaw’s Apprenticeship Document

Austin Grimshaw, Son of Albert Harvey Grimshaw, Dean of U. of Washington School of Business

Grave of Albert Harvey Grimshaw and His Father, Amos James Grimshaw (and Their Spouses)


Additional Pages from Albert’s Thesis 

Webpage Credits

Thanks go to Mavis Long for providing invaluable information on Albert Harvey Grimshaw’s family line. Thanks also to Thad Grimshaw for providing information on the internet that helped solve some of the relationships of this family line. Thanks to Thad also for obtaining images from the files of North Carolina State University. And thanks to the North Carolina State University Library for providing Albert’s thesis through inter-library loan.

Albert Harvey Grimshaw Biography

The following brief biography appears in the description of the apprenticeship document now in the NCS University Libraries Special Collections Research Center.

Rhode Island native Albert Harvey Grimshaw (1883 – 1949) received his education from the Massachusetts School of Pharmacy, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Columbia University, North Carolina State College, and the New Bedford Textile School. He was a pharmacist and wrestling coach before becoming an instructor in chemistry and dyeing at the New Bedford Textile School in 1917. In 1925 Grimshaw left New Bedford for North Carolina State College, where he served as professor of Textile Chemistry and Dyeing for 24 years. During this time, he published articles in almost all of the textile trade journals in the United States. He was a member of numerous professional societies, including the American Association of Textile Chemists and Colorists and the American Institute of Chemists. In 1948, The N.C. State College Chapter of Delta Kappa Phi presented a large portrait of Grimshaw to the School of Textiles.

Grimshaw died shortly after his retirement in 1949.


Photo of Albert Harvey Grimshaw

Thad Grimshaw visited North Carolina State University in July 2006 and found two publications with pictures of Albert Harvey Grimshaw. Albert’s picture is shown below. The date of the photo is not known.

Page from Albert’s Thesis 

An image from Grimshaw’s thesis1 is posted on the website of North Carolina State University and is shown below. Much better images of the pages with textile samples are provided further down on this webpage.


A page from Albert Grimshaw’s thesis Microscopic Research of Factors Varying Penetration of Dyes on Rayons and Kindre Fibres

Albert Grimshaw’s Thesis at North Carolina State College

A copy of Albert’s thesis was obtained through inter-library loan, and a number of pages were scanned. The cover is shown below, followed by images of the title page and table of contents. Then the color photocopy pages with the textile samples are provided (pages 73, 75, 77, 79, 81, 83, 85, and 87). A copy of the thesis is provided below in two parts (it was apparently originally published in two volumes.)

Albert Grimshaw Thesis, Part 1 (pages 1-99)

Albert Grimshaw Thesis, Part 2 (pages 100-191)

The thesis was a systematic study of the factors affecting the uptake of dyes in textile fibers (rayon and related materials). Six different types of fibers (labeled Acetate Dupont, Bemberg, Celanese, Tubize, Viscose, and Xanthate DuPont) were tested with a number of dyes and under a variety of lab conditions. The thesis was produced in two volumes – a bound volume and a second volume as a three-ring binder.

A portion of the cover, the title page, the table of contents, and one of the pages of fiber samples are shown below. The other thesis pages with fiber samples are provided at the bottom of this webpage to complement the copies of the thesis at the hyperlinks above.

Sample Page (Page 83, repeated at the bottom of the webpage)

Was Albert Grimshaw a Women’s Rights Enthusiast?

While at NCS State, Albert Grimshaw apparently assisted a female student to become the first woman to earn an M.S. degree in the textiles department.


Lillian Tyler Jones was the first woman to earn an M.S. degree in textiles.

“I was the first woman to receive a graduate degree in the Department of Textiles. That was 1932. At that time the department was in old Tompkins Hall–built in replica of a textile factory. My thesis subject required tensile strength tests on various fibres; I shall never forget the problems involved due to fluctuating temperatures and humidity in the “constant temperature room.” Dr. Nelson, head of the department, Dr. Hart and Dr. Hilton were very dubious about accepting a female, but were finally won over by Dr. Grimshaw and all went smoothly. At that time there was no area provided for women students to rest or lounge nor were there any dormitory accommodations. I was a member of a committee sponsored by the NC State College Women’s Club to transform one room in the basement of Peele Hall for a women’s lounge–entrance in the rear!”

Lillian Tyler Jones


Which Grimshaw Family Line is Albert Grimshaw Descended From?

Albert Harvey Grimshaw is descended from the Riley and Margaret (Briggs) Grimshaw family line, which is described on a companion webpage. He was the son of Amos James and Anna (Austin) Grimshaw.  He is buried in Rhode Island with his wife, Bertha (LeCann) Grimshaw. A descendant chart for Riley and Margaret Grimshaw, taken from their webpage, is shown below. Note that Albert’s son, Austin, has the same name as his mother’s maiden name.

George Grimshaw (1801, Church – 7 Jan 1836) & Mary Melling

|—James Grimshaw (1825 – ?)

|—Esther Grimshaw (1827 – ?)

|—Mary J Grimshaw (1830 – ?)

|—Riley Grimshaw (2 Feb 1831 1836, Musbury, Haslingden – 1866, b Royton) & Margaret Briggs. Married 4 May 1854, St Mary’s Church (now Blackburn Cathedral), Blackburn.

|—|—Amos James Grimshaw (1854, Darwen – 29 Jun 1902, RI) & Anna Austin (1853 – 11 Jan 1889). Married 6 Jul 1881.

|—|—|—Albert Harvey Grimshaw (29 May 1883 – 20 Apr 1949, Raleigh, NC) & Bertha LeCain (1884 – 1953)

|—|—|—|—Catherine (or Katherine) Louise Grimshaw (16 Aug 1904, Keene Town, NH – 1948) & Unk Herman

|—|—|—|—Austin Grimshaw

|—|—|—Ralph I Grimshaw? (24 Feb 1885 – ?)

|—|—|—Margaret M Grimshaw

|—|—Ralph Briggs Grimshaw (1856, Darwen – ?, Royton)

|—|—|—Ralph Ewart Grimshaw & Fanny Smith

|—|—|—|—Bertha Grimshaw & William Scholes

|—|—Mary J Grimshaw (1858, Darwen – ?, Lower Darwen). Never married.

|—|—George Robert Grimshaw (1861, Darwen -1920, Burnley) & Nancy Margaret Lighbowne

|—|—|—Margaret J Grimshaw (1885 – 1974) & Victor Kane. Married 1910.

|—|—|—Sydney Grimshaw* (1888, Royton – Sep 1955, Westbury Town, New Haven, CT) & Alice Gertrude Wilcock. Married 1907 in Nelson, Lancashire.

|—|—|—|—Nancy Grimshaw (1909, Nelson – 1976, Nelson)

|—|—|—|—Austin Grimshaw (1912, Nelson – 1998, Lancaster)

|—|—|—|—|—Mavis Helen Grimshaw (1939, Lancaster – ) & Keith Ingleby (? – 1972)

|—|—|—|—|—|—Kevin (1960 – )

|—|—|—|—|—|—Sharon (1962 – )

|—|—|—|—|—|—Cheryl (1966 – )

|—|—|—|—|—|—Niall (1968 – )

|—|—|—|—|—Mavis Helen Grimshaw (1939, Lancaster – ) & Philip Long

|—|—|—Alice Grimshaw (1890 – 1973) & James Ivison Beardsworth. Married 1917

|—|—|—|—Norman Beardsworth (1916 – ?) & Elsie Nicholson

|—|—|—|—|—unknown daughter

|—|—|—|—|—unknown daughter

|—|—|—|—Dorothy Beardsworth (1921 – 1985) & Ronald Edgar Hawkins. Married 1944.

|—|—|—|—|—unknown son

|—|—|—|—|—unknown son

|—|—|—|—|—unknown daughter

|—|—|—Sydney Grimshaw* (1888, Royton – Sep 1955, Westbury Town, New Haven, CT) & Louisa Allen (? – 1977). Married about 1926.

|—|—|—Nancy Grimshaw (1900 – 1976). Never married.

|—|—Nancy Grimshaw (1863, Darwen – ?, Darwen) & George Lightbowne

|—|—Margaret H Grimshaw (1865, Darwen – ?)

|—|—John William Grimshaw (1868, Bolton – ?) & Ellen S Worthington. Married 29 May 1890.

|—|—|—Helen? Grimshaw

|—|—|—Thomas E? Grimshaw

|—|—|—|—Ralph? Grimshaw

|—|—|—|—Annie? Grimshaw

|—Anne Grimshaw (1833 – ?)

|—George Grimshaw (1836 – ?)

“Biographical History” of Amos James, Albert Harvey Grimshaw’s Father

A copy of the following biographical history2 of Amos Grimshaw was found at the Providence, RI Public Library. It includes excellent photos of Amos and and his partner, Lawton Crossley.

Amos James Grimshaw Apprenticeship Document

The following description of the apprenticeship document of Amos James Grimshaw, Albert Grimshaw’s father, is provided on the North Carolina State University website. The description includes the biography of Albert Harvey Grimshaw shown above.

Guide to the Albert Harvey Grimshaw Apprenticeship Document and Newsletter, 1867 – 1944

Collection Number MSS 91

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Grimshaw, Albert Harvey


Albert Harvey Grimshaw apprenticeship document and newsletter, 1867 – 1944

Call Number

MSS 91


2 items,


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This collection is open for research.

Acquisitions Information

Transferred from the Textiles School, Office of Assistant to the Dean for Student Services and Assistant Placement Director, 1976 October 4.

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Biographical Note

Rhode Island native Albert Harvey Grimshaw (1883 – 1949) received his education from the Massachusetts School of Pharmacy, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Columbia University, North Carolina State College, and the New Bedford Textile School. He was a pharmacist and wrestling coach before becoming an instructor in chemistry and dyeing at the New Bedford Textile School in 1917. In 1925 Grimshaw left New Bedford for North Carolina State College, where he served as professor of Textile Chemistry and Dyeing for 24 years. During this time, he published articles in almost all of the textile trade journals in the United States. He was a member of numerous professional societies, including the American Association of Textile Chemists and Colorists and the American Institute of Chemists. In 1948, The N.C. State College Chapter of Delta Kappa Phi presented a large portrait of Grimshaw to the School of Textiles.

Grimshaw died shortly after his retirement in 1949.

Scope and Content Note

The Albert Harvey Grimshaw Apprenticeship Document and Newsletter contain a photocopy and microfilm copy of the indenture of apprenticeship document for Amos James Grimshaw to James Mather Daltry, to learn the “Art, trade, and business of a reed maker and Heald Knitter.” This document was registered in the county of Lancaster, England, on 1867 May 11. There is also a typewritten copy of the “Grimshaw Newsletter,” 1944. This newsletter covers events in the lives of Grimshaw’s classmates at North Carolina State University.

Online Catalog Terms

Grimshaw, Albert Harvey, 1883-1949.

Indentured servants–United Kingdom

Newsletters–North Carolina

North Carolina State College

Trust indentures

Related Material

Albert H. Grimshaw Biographical File, UA 50.3 [HTML]

Detailed Description of the Collection

Albert Harvey Grimshaw apprenticeship document and newsletter, 1867 – 1944

Photocopy of indenture of apprenticeship document for Amos James Grimshaw to James Mather Daltry, 1867 [Box MSS.2, Folder MSS 91]

Film copy of indenture of apprenticeship document for Amos James Grimshaw to James Mather Daltry, 1867 [Box MSS.2, Folder MSS 91]

Typewritten copy of the “Grimshaw Newsletter,” 1944 [Box MSS.2, Folder MSS 91]

Who Did Amos James Grimshaw Serve His Apprenticeship With?

Mavis Long provided an e-mail on March 12, 2006 with information on the firm that was likely the one to which Amos Grimshaw was apprenticed:

Hi again Tom,

A bit of background information

1879 Slaters Directory of Lancashire – James M Daltry, Bank Bottom, Belgrave Square, Darwen.

1864 P.O. Directory of Lancashire – James M Daltry, Reed Maker & Heald Knitters, 31 Green Street, Over Darwen.

1881 Census – J W Daltry, Master Reed Maker, employing 13, 1 Foundry Street, Over Darwen.

The top two look like the firm Amos James served his apprenticeship with – and perhaps the lower one is a son carrying on the family business.



Thanks go to Mavis for providing this invaluable information on Albert Grimshaw’s family line.

Copy of Amos Grimshaw’s Apprenticeship Document

Thad Grimshaw has obtained a copy of Amos James Grimshaw’s apprenticeship document, which is shown below. Thanks to Thad for obtaining these important images. This document confirms that Amos was indentured to James Mather Daltry, as proposed above by Mavis Long. His indenture was for seven years and four months and was for apprenticeship in “reed making and heald knitting”, which are described below the indenture document. Amos would have been about 14 years old when he began the apprenticeship; it is unknown if he completed the 7+ year term.

Mavis Long has prepared a transcription (edited by the author) of the Indenture document, which is provided below, with the portions comprising language of the form in italics and the handwritten portions without italics. Four words, all in one line, could not be read and are indicated by blank lines

This Indenture

Witnesseth That Amos James Grimshaw

of Bolton in the County of Lancaster, aged twelve years and

upwards by and with the consent of his Father Riley ……..

Grimshaw of Bolton aforesaid Taper (sic) of the one part ……..

doth put himself Apprentice to James Mather Daltry of Over Darwen in

the said Country Read Maker and Heald Knitter of the other

part …………………………………………..

to learn his Art and with him after the Manner of an Apprentice to serve from the day of the date

hereof until he shall attain his full age of twenty one years

from thence next following to be fully complete and ended. During which Term the said Apprentice his Master

faithfully shall serve, his secrets keep, his lawful commands every where gladly do, he shall do no damage to his

said Master nor see to be done of others but to his Power shall tell or forthwith give warning to his said

Master of the same, he shall not waste the Goods of his said Master, not lend them unlawfully to any, he shall

not commit fornication nor contract Matrimony within the said Term, he shall not play at Cards or Dice Tables, or

any other unlawful Games whereby his said Master may have any loss with his own goods or others during the

said Term without Licence of his said Master shall neither buy nor sell he shall not haunt Taverns or Playhouses

nor absent himself from his said Masters service unlawfully. But in all things be a faithful Apprentice. he

shall behave himself towards his said Master and all his during the said Term. And the said James

Mather Daltry, for himself his heirs, executors and administrators doth here

covenant promise and agree to and with the said Riley Grimshaw his executor

and administrator ………………….. his said Apprentice in the Art Trade and business of

a Reed Maker and Heald Knitter which he useth by the best means that he can shall teach and

Instruct or cause to be taught and instructed. Finding unto the said Apprentice sufficient Meat, Deints (sic), And also

shall and will well and duly pay or cause to be paid to the said Amos James Grimshaw during the first

year and four months of the said term the sum of five shillings Lodging and all other Necessaries

during the said Term weekly and every week during the second year of the said term the sum of six shillings weekly

and every week during the third year of the said term the sum of seven shillings during the

fourth year of the said term the weekly sum of eight shillings during the fifth year of the said

term the weekly sum of nine shillings during the sixth year of the said term the weekly sum

of ten shillings and during the seventh year and last year of the said term the sum of eleven shillings to

be _________ as aforesaid _________. Always and it is hereby _________ covenanted _________ agreed

by and between the said parties hereto that if the said Amos Grimshaw be absent from the services of

the said James Mather Daltry his executors or administrators by reason of sickness, neglect*

[Authors note: The text of this section is continued on the left margin of the document, written along the margin and perpendicular to the text of the main document, with asterisks indicating the connection between the two parts.]

*or otherwise then and in such case the wages shall cease and shall not be paid or payable by the said James Mather

Daltry his executors and administrators or any of these during the said time as the said Amos James Grimshaw shall be so absent as

aforesaid. Provided always also that the said Amos James Grimshaw shall not be compelled to work more than the usual and

accustomed hours of work each day. And it is hereby covenanted by the said Riley Grimshaw his executors or

administrators that he shall find and provide for his said son good and sufficient meat drink washing lodging and

wearing apparel of all sorts both linen and woollen also aprons hats and shoes suitable for a person in his position

likewise physic and surgery in case of sickness during the whole of the said term ….

And for the true performance of all and every the said Covenants and Agreements either of the said Parties landeth

himself unto the other by these Presents, In Witness whereof the Parties above-named to these Indentures inter-

changeably have put their Hands and Seals the eleventh day of May…. and in the

thirtieth Year of the Reign of our Sovereign Lady Queen Victoria by the Grace of God and of the

United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland, Queen, Defender of the Faith, and in the Year of our Lord One

Thousand Eight Hundred and

[Authors note: This date was left blank on the document but must have been 1867, about seven years and four months before Amos Grimshaws 21st birthday in (apparently) 1874. This accords with the thirtieth year of Victorias reign, which began in 1837.]

Signed Sealed, and Delivered Amos James Grimshaw

By the within Named Parties to Riley Grimshaw

This Indenture in the presence of James Mather Daltry

H.E. Poole

Clerkfor J Hargreaves Kay ….

Lobr (sic)

Over Darwen

What does a Reed Maker and Heald Knitter do? Both are textile-related jobs; good descriptions are provided on the following webpages:

HEALD KNITTER – operator of a machine which produced a jersey type of fabric as opposed to woven fabric

REEDMAKER – made the pipe for a musical instrument or made a weavers implement (a reed) or reed cloth or the comb used in tapestry


A reed was like a metal comb whose teeth are secured top and bottom, used to hold the weft apart on a weavers loom. The reed, with its to and fro movement, ‘beats’ the weft thread into place (like a comb) as it is placed by the shuttle passing across the full width of the loom.

Reed makers would have been self-employed artisans, with probably an apprentice or two. In 1828 and earlier they would have supplied the local wool and cotton mills directly, later as things became more centralized, they would have supplied a Reed manufacturer who would then have sold them on to Mills all over Lancashire, and beyond.

Austin Grimshaw, Son of Albert Harvey Grimshaw, and Dean of University of Washington School of Business


Albert and Anna (Austin) Grimshaw’s son, Austin Grimshaw, graduated from Harvard University with a Ph.D. in Business Administration in about 1937 (the date of his thesis). His thesis3,4 was entitled “Some Problems of Line Expansion and Contraction in Selected Consumer Industry Companies Manufacturing Items Retailing at Under $10.00 Per Unit”. Dr. Austin Grimshaw taught at the University of Illinois and in 1948 moved to the University of Washington, where he was appointed Dean of the Business School.

Additional information on Austin Grimshaw is provided on a companion webpage.

Dr. Grimshaw wrote at least two books, one on organization behavior5, published in 1955, and the other on problems of the independent businessman6, published in 1960. Images of the title pages from the two books are shown below.

Obituary for Albert Harvey Grimshaw

An obituary for Albert has been found by Thad Grimshaw in the files of North Carolina State University and is shown below.


Funeral services were held in Providence, Rhode Island, on April 22 for Albert Harvey Grimshaw, professor of textile chemistry and dyeing at State College, who died in Raleigh on April 20 of a heart ailment. Prof. Grimshaw served as instructor in chemistry and dyeing at New Bedford Textile School from 1917 to 1925 and coach of football, basketball and baseball at that school. He is generally credited with giving the school its first big start toward higher ranking in sports. A well-known amateur athlete and coach in the period before his departure from New Bedford in 1925, Mr. Grimshaw attained New England-wide renown as the player-coach of Grimshaw’s Hawaiian Troupe, an un-orthodox and colorful group of athletes who indulged in wrestling, jiu-jitsu, pyramid building, singing and musical entertainment before and after the games and during intermission. The players, all students of the textile school, included four Hawaiians and Arsene Rousseau of New Bedford in addition to Mr. Grimshaw.

Born in Providence, R. I. May 29, 1883, he was graduated from Somerville High School where he played end on the football team and outfield for the baseball team. Following his graduation he studied at the College of Pharmacy, where he also played football. After work as a pharmacist in Keene, N. H., Winchester, and other cities, he went to New Bedford in 1911. He had coached wrestling in various YMCA’s and immediately entered athletics at New Bedford, devoting much time to wrestling. In 1925 he left the New Bedford Textile School to assume a position on the faculty of N. C. State, becoming a full professor in 1939. He was head of the Department of Chemistry and Dyeing for many years until his retirement from that position several months ago. He conducted extensive research in the field of textiles and wrote articles for virtually every textile trade journal in the United States. He was a member of the American Association of Textile Chemists and Colorists, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Institute of Chemists, and a number of honorary societies such as Blue Key, Phi Kappa Phi, Sigma Tau Sigma, Delta Kappa Phi, and Gamma Sigma Epsilon. The college chapter of Delta Kappa Phi, the professional textile society, honored Professor Grimshaw at a dinner last November and presented a large portrait of him to the college. The portrait now hangs in the School of Textiles at the college. Professor Grimshaw was educated at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Columbia University, N. C. State, and the New Bedford, Mass., Textile Institute.

Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Bertha Lecain Grimshaw of Raleigh; a son, Dr. Austin Grimshaw of the University of Illinois who is to assume new duties as Dean of the College of Business Administration at the University of Washington, Seattle, Washington; a sister, Miss Margaret M. Grimshaw of Somerville, Mass.; one brother, Ralph Grimshaw of Fremont, Ohio.

Grave Plot of Albert Harvey Grimshaw and His Father, Amos James Grimshaw (and Their Spouses)

Albert and Bertha Grimshaw are buried with Albert’s parents, Amos and Anna Grimshaw, in the North Burial Ground in Providence, Rhode Island. The entrance to the cemetery is shown in the photo below.

The North Burial Ground is noted near its entrance by a boulder with inscription as shown below. The boulder, and flagpole behind it, can also be seen in the above photo just to the left of the car.

The back side of the gravestone of the Grimshaw family in the North Burial Ground is shown below. The plot is located in Block EJ; a cemetery map is required to locate the grave plot within a reasonable time.

The front side of the monument indicates the presence of Albert and Bertha Grimshaw as well as Albert’s parents, Amos and Annie, and two other individuals – Catherine (Grimshaw) Herman (Albert’s and Bertha’s daughter) and Elizabeth MacLaughlan.

Map of a portion of the northern half of North Burial Ground, showing the approximate location of Amos Grimshaw’s and Albert Grimshaw’s grave plot in Block EJ, along Ridge Side Avenue.


1Grimshaw, Albert H., 1929, Microscopic Research of Factors Varying Penetration of Dyes on Rayons and Kindred Fibres: Raleigh, NC, North Carolina State University at Raleigh, Thesis, 2 vol. 

2Hall, Joseph D., Jr., editor, 1901, Biographical History of the Manufacturers and Business Men of Rhode Island at the Opening of the Twentieth Century: Providence, RI., J.D. Hall & Co Publishers

3Grimshaw, Austin, 1937, Some Problems of Line Expansion and Contraction in Selected Consumer Industry Companies Manufacturing Items Retailing at Under $10.00 Per Unit: Boston, MA, Harvard University, Graduate School of Business Administration, Ph.D. Thesis, 416 p. (Available at Harvard University Library).

4Grimshaw, Austin, 1937, A companion case book to “Organization and management of a business enterprise: Boston, MA, Harvard University, Graduate School of Business Administration, Cases arranged by Austin Grimshaw. 1937. Apparently never published. (Available at Harvard University Library).

5Grimshaw, Austin and John W Hennessey, 1960, Organizational Behavior: Cases and Readings: New York, McGraw-Hill, 505 p.

6Grimshaw, Austin, 1955, Problems of the Independent Businessman: New York, McGraw-Hill, 403 p.

7Summer, Charles, 1961, Book Review of “Organizational Behavior: Cases and Readings”: Management Science, v. 7, issue 4, p. 451-2.

Grimshaw, Austin, date unknown, Determination of Product Line Composition: unknown publisher, 1 vol, Section I, II and III, Appendix Cases

Additional Pages from Albert’s Thesis 

Color images of the fiber sample pages in Albert’s thesis are provided below to go along with the copies of the complete thesis available as follows:

Albert Grimshaw Thesis, Part 1 (pages 1-99)

Albert Grimshaw Thesis, Part 2 (pages 100-191)

Page 73

Page 75

Page 77

Page 79

Page 81

Page 83

Page 85

Page 87

Webpage History

Webpage initially posted November 2005. Upgraded and completed in February 2006. Upgraded with addition of Thesis section in April 2006. Upgraded July 2006 with addition of photo and obituary of Albert from Thad Grimshaw and with cemetery photos.