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Metrication Resources for Researchers

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Case Studies | Government Accountability Office | NBS/NIST | U.S. Metric Board | Education Research | Metrication Guides | Historical Records

Organizations and others interested in discovering more about U.S. metrication are invited to explore this curated list of publications and related resources.

Case Studies

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Government Accountability Office (GAO) Reports

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National Bureau of Standards (NBS)/National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)

U.S. Metric Board Publications

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Education Research

Metrication Guides

  • Benedict, J. T. (1977). Metrication for the Manager. American National Metric Council.
  • Birch & Davis Associates, Inc. (1982, June). Going Metric—Is it for You? A Planning Model for Small Manufacturing. U.S. Metric Board.
  • Hellard, R. B. and Connolly, J. V. (1971). Metric Change: A Management Action Plan. Kogan Page Ltd.
  • Sellers, R. C. (1975). Dun & Bradstreet’s Guide to Metric Transition for Managers.

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Historical Records

  • Legislative history of the Metric Conversion Act: 1975 is available via the Heinonline database, including the testimony and requirements for selecting the members of the board.
  • The U.S. National Archives collection, College Park, MD includes the records of the United States Metric Board (Record Group 40.7.8):  “Textual Records: Minutes, annual reports, research reports, surveys, and studies, 1979-82.”
  • The Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library collection includes the records for the “Boards and Commissions Staff” who were “responsible for identifying, recruiting, evaluating, and proposing Presidential appointment candidates for membership on departmental and independent boards and commissions.” Containers i23-i31 in this collection include the nominations for the Metric Board.
  • The Jimmy Carter Presidential Library collection includes records on the U.S. Metric Board nominations. Search for key phrases on the web site.

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Created July 13, 2022, Updated August 17, 2023