Robert C. Stempel papers: 1965-2007
Summary Information
Title: Robert C. Stempel papers
Creator: Stempel, Robert C. (Robert Carl), 1933-2011
Inclusive dates: 1965-2007
Extent: 56 linear feet
Extent: 1 oversize folder
Extent: 2 film reels
Abstract:
Designer and automotive engineer with the General Motors Corporation; he later assumed increasing responsibilities within the company as president and chief operating officer and then chairman and chief executive officer. After leaving GM, he became chairman of Energy Conversion Devices (ECD). The Stempel collection documents his work with GMC and ECD and includes minutes of meetings, company memoranda and correspondence, speeches and other various presentations, publications, and photographs and other visual materials. Portions of the collection relate to other business and public service affiliations.
Call number: 2012040 Aa 2; UAm
Language: The material is in English
Repository: Bentley Historical Library
1150 Beal Ave.
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2113
Phone: 734-764-3482
Fax: 734-936-1333
e-mail: bentley.ref@umich.edu
Home Page: http://www.bentley.umich.edu/
Finding aid created by Michigan Historical Collections staff, 2012

Access and Use
Acquisition Information:

The collection was donated by the family of Robert C. Stempel (donor no. 10732) and came to the library in February 2012.

Access Restrictions:

The collection is open to research except for files less than twenty years old which are closed to research. These files relate to Stempel's involvement with Energy Conversion Devices and are found in boxes 20-37.

To protect fragile audiovisual recordings (such as audio cassettes, film reels, and VHS tapes), the Bentley Historical Library has a policy of converting them to digital formats by a professional vendor whenever a researcher requests access. For more information, please see: http://bentley.umich.edu/research/duplication/.

Copyright:

The family of Robert Stempel transferred any applicable copyright to the Regents of the University of Michigan but the collection may contain third-party materials for which copyright was not transferred. Patrons are responsible for determining the appropriate use or reuse of materials.

Preferred Citation:

[item], folder, box, Robert C. Stempel papers, Bentley Historical Library, University of Michigan


Biography

Robert Carl Stempel was born July 15, 1933, in Trenton, N.J. He received a bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Massachusetts in 1955. He later earned a master's degree in business administration from Michigan State University in 1970.

In 1958, after serving two years in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Stempel joined GM's Oldsmobile Division as a senior detailer in the chassis design department. He later served as senior designer (1962); transmission design engineer (1964); motor engineer (1969); and assistant chief engineer (1972). Stempel was a member of the team that developed the 1966 Toronado, the first modern American front-wheel-drive car. According to a GM biography, Stempel designed the Toronado's front suspension and its engine and transmission mounting system. He also participated in the development of the first catalytic converter.

In 1973 Stempel was appointed special assistant to the president of General Motors. He joined the engineering department of the Chevrolet Division as chief engineer-engines and components in 1974 and was named Chevrolet's director of engineering in 1975.

On November 6, 1978, Mr. Stempel was appointed general manager of the Pontiac Motor Division and elected a vice president of General Motors. In September 1980, he was appointed managing director of Adam Opel AG (the German subsidiary of GM) in the Federal Republic of Germany, with responsibility for European-sourced passenger-car operations. In 1982, he returned to Detroit as General Manager of Chevrolet.

In January 1984, he was promoted to the dual responsibility of Vice President and Group Executive in Charge of the Buick-Oldsmobile-Cadillac group. He was elected to the board of directors (February, 1986). He became president and chief operating officer of General Motors Corporation on September 1, 1987. In August 1990, he became chairman and chief executive officer. He resigned in 1992.

In 1993, Stempel joined Stanford Ovshinsky founder of Energy Conversion Devices (ECD) as an adviser. Stempel was named chairman in 1995. In 1999, ECD partnered with Intel in a joint-venture called Ovonyx which developed nonsilicon-based memory for electronic devices. Subsequently ECD formed joint ventures with Texaco Energy Systems Inc., GE Plastics and Belgium-based N.V. Bekaert S.A.

Stempel retired from ECD in 2007; he died May 7, 2011 in West Palm Beach Florida.


Collection Scope and Content Note

The Robert C. Stempel collection has been arranged into the following series: General Motors Corporation; Energy Conversion Devices; Speeches / Conferences / Presentations; Organizational Affiliations, Responsibilities, and Interests; Background / Personal information; Visual Materials, and Sound Cassettes.

Subject Terms

This collection is indexed under the following headings in the finding aid database and catalog of The Bentley Historical Library/University of Michigan. Researchers desiring additional information about related topics should search the catalog using these headings.


  • Automobile industry and trade.
  • Automobiles -- Catalytic converters.
  • Automobiles -- Motors -- Exhaust gas.
  • Corporate culture -- United States.
  • Corporate governance -- United States.
  • Corporate meetings -- United States.
  • Electric automobiles.
  • Energy conversion.
  • CD-ROMs.
  • Motion pictures.
  • Photographs.
  • Sound recordings.
  • Videotapes.
  • Ovshinsky, Stanford R.
  • Stempel, Robert C. (Robert Carl), 1933-2011.
  • Council of Great Lakes Industries.
  • Energy Conversion Devices, Inc.
  • General Motors Corporation -- Management.
  • National Commission against Drunk Driving (U.S.)
  • Oakland County Business Roundtable.
  • United States. Presidential Business Delegation to Asia and the Pacific.
Contents List
Request materials for use in the Bentley Library
Container / Location Title
 
General Motors Corporation [series]

The largest series in the collection relates to Stempel's career with General Motors. This series has been further divided by phases or career moves made by Stempel. These include Various Early Responsibilities (1965-1980); President and Chief Operating Officer (1987-1990); Chairman / Chief Executive Officer (1990-1992); and Later Responsibilities (1992-1999). In addition, there are three subseries, one consisting of the depositions made by Stempel as part of litigation involving General Motors. The other two subseries are a collection of General Motors publications and files of RCS schedules and itineraries. Of interest are files relating to the development of the Toronado and to the company's response to issues of automotive emissions in the 1970s.

 
Various early responsibilities 1965-1980 [subseries]
 
Toronado
Box   1  
Chevrolet Engineering Technical Series March 31, 1966

(regarding the Toronado; the file also contains other Toronado talks and notes)

Box   1  
Society of Automotive Engineers talk "The Toronado -- A New Breed" 1960s
Box   1  
Queens College, Kingston talk about the Toronado 1960s
Box   1  
Articles in automotive and other publications relating to the Toronado 1965-1966, 1971
 
Edward Cole (GM President) emission control planning files 1969-1971

(These files were made available to Robert Stempel and became part of his emission control study)

Box   1  
California Air Resources Board meeting March 1970
Box   1  
California Air Resources Board meeting, Edward Cole statement regarding gasoline composition effects on emission control March 1970
Box   1  
California, letter to auto dealers March 31, 1970
Box   1  
Catalytic converter approach to exhaust emission control meeting February 1971
Box   1  
Engine emission control 1970-1971
Box   1  
External combustion engines 1969
Box   1  
New York City emission issues 1970-1973
Box   1  
Phoenix test program 1970
Box   1  
President's Environmental Council November 20, 1969
Box   1  
Unleaded fuel -- Reduced octane fuel -- Low compression engines and fuel used 1969-1970
Box   1  
Volpe (Secretary of Transportation John Volpe), meeting with March 1970
 
GM motor engineer / assistant chief engineer / director of engineering files 1968-1980
Box   1  
Exhaust emission data, Oldsmobile Division 1968-1971
Box   1  
Talk "Automotive Design Projects" at the meeting of the Tri-State Mechanical Engineering Society January 22, 1969
Box   1  
Pollution miscellaneous 1970-1971
Box   1  
"Teach-in" Michigan State University, regarding automotive pollution March 13, 1970

(include background information)

Box   1  
Oldsmobile emission control material 1969-1970
Box   2  
Article "The diminishing role of the automobile in air pollution" May 15, 1970

(includes related memoranda)

Box   2  
Automotive emission talk, research and related material 1970-1971
Box   2  
"Grass roots" speech 1972

(generic speech information given on the topic of automotive emissions)

Box   2  
Oldsmobile Division memoranda 1972
Box   2  
Oldsmobile 1975-1976: Emission System Evaluation, special chief engineers' meeting, September 1972 1972-1976
Box   2  
Oldsmobile 1975-1976: Engine Control Program Planning, September 1972 1972-1976
Box   2  
Oldsmobile 1975-1976: Engine -- Exhaust emission plans, October 23, 1972 1972-1976
Box   2  
Progress report on automotive air pollution control 1972
Box   2  
Oldsmobile, Engine displacement program April 25, 1973
Box   2  
Special Chief Engineers meeting -- catalytic converter presentation May 29, 1973
Box   2  
Miscellaneous 1973
Box   2  
"Fuel Economy Trends and Catalytic Devices" article written by Stempel and Stuart W. Martens from talk at meeting of the Society of Automotive Engineers 1974
Box   2  
Miscellaneous 1974-1975
Box   2  
Penn State University talk "Auto Future -- What's Next?" March 30, 1976
Box   2  
1976 "The Automotive Future -- What's Next?" 1976 (Honorary Engineering Lecture, Penn State University, published version) 1976
Box   2  
Miscellaneous 1976
Box   3  
Senior Management Conference 1977
Box   3  
1978 Chevrolet Engineering Management Conference, February 1978 1978
Box   3  
Miscellaneous 1977-1978
Box   3  
Miscellaneous 1979 (4 folders)
Box   3  
RCS Executive Report January 22, 1980 (1 audiocassettes)
Box   3  
GM Executive Conference, RCS notes April 1980
Box   3  
Miscellaneous 1980
Box   3  
Miscellaneous incoming mail 1979-1980
 
Vice President European Passenger Car Operations, Adam Opel 1980-1982 and General Manager (Chevrolet Division), etc., 1982-1987 1980-1987
Box   3  
Adam Opel Engineering reports, business plan
Box   3  
Adam Opel organization changes in overseas group 1981
Box   3  
European market and related
Box   3  
Press conferences, European motor press
Box   3  
Frankfurt business journalists, RCS notes on March 30, 1981
Box   4  
Adam Opel Publications
Box   4  
GM Quality Network 1981
Box   4  
GM Executive Conference, RCS notes February 16, 1981
Box   4  
Miscellaneous (3 folders)
Box   4  
Campbell-Ewald advertising for Chevrolet 1982

(include audiocassettes)

Box   4  
IBM visit 1984
Box   4  
Conflict of Interest questionnaire 1983-1986
 
President and Chief Operating Officer 1987-1990 [subseries]

(includes some earlier material)

Box   4  
Directors and Officers Questionnaire 1982-1989

(RCS copy regarding stock ownership, etc.; form was required by the corporation in preparation of its proxy statement prior to the annual meeting)

Box   4  
Talk and related, 20th anniversary Safety Research and Development Laboratory 1988
Box   4  
General Motors Executive Committee, Group Executive Conference March 30-31, 1988
Box   4  
"Quality Network" Task Group Report August 1988 and related later material, 1993 1988-1993
Box   4  
1988 correspondence and other papers, January-May 1988 1988 (7 folders)
Box   4  
Memoranda and other communications from Elmer W. Johnson to the Executive Committee relating to strengthening GM's organizational capability January 1988
Box   4  
General Motors Product Program Management Process, The Four Phase Process 1989
Box   4  
1989 Leadership Conference, 1989 1989
Box   4  
Miscellaneous 1989
Box   4  
General Motors Management Team, photograph and press material 1990
Box   4  
Progression and Succession Reviews 1990
Box   4  
Memorandum received relating to environmental compliance April 6, 1990
Box   4  
Letter received relating to the relationship with the UAW April 18, 1990
Box   4  
General Motors Management Committee booklet 1990
Box   4  
Labor issues 1990
Box   4  
Outside board member visits 1990
Box   4  
Miscellaneous 1990
 
Chairman / Chief Executive Officer 1990-1992 [subseries]
Box   5  
Financial Committee and Board of Directors meeting January 7, 1991
Box   5  
Board of Directors meeting February 4, 1991
Box   5  
Financial Committee and Board of Directors meeting April 1991
Box   5  
Financial Committee and Board of Directors meeting May 6, 1991
Box   5  
Financial Committee and Board of Directors meeting May 23, 1991
Box   5  
Financial Committee and Board of Directors meeting July 1, 1991
Box   5  
Financial Committee and Board of Directors meeting August 5, 1991
Box   6  
Financial Committee and Board of Directors meeting October 7, 1991
Box   6  
Financial Committee and Board of Directors meeting November 4, 1991
Box   6  
Financial Committee and Board of Directors meeting December 9, 1991
Box   6  
Financial Committee and Board of Directors meeting January 6, 1992
Box   6  
Financial Committee and Board of Directors meeting February 3, 1992 (2 folders)
Box   6  
Financial Committee and Board of Directors meeting March 2, 1992
Box   6  
Financial Committee and Board of Directors meeting April 6, 1992
Box   7  
Board of Directors meeting May 4, 1992
Box   7  
Board of Directors meeting May 21, 1992
Box   7  
Board of Directors meeting June 29, 1992
Box   7  
Board of Directors meeting August 10, 1992
Box   7  
Board of Directors meeting September 1992
Box   7  
Board of Directors meeting October 5, 1992

(include papers relating to Executive Committee and visit of Clayton K. Yeutter, counselor to US President George H.W. Bush)

Box   7  
Board of Directors meeting November 2, 1992
Box   8  
Correspondence to/from outside directors for use at board meetings

(also includes other board materials)

Box   8  
August-December 1990 (5 folders)
Box   8  
1991 (11 folders)
Box   8  
January-November 1992 (11 folders)
Box   8  
Management Committee meetings 1990-1992
Box   8  
Management Committee strategy issues 1990-1991
Box   9  
GM Management -- Transition 1990 (3 folders)

(include transparencies)

Box   9  
Directors and Officers Questionnaire 1990-1992

(RCS copy regarding stock ownership, etc.; form was required by the corporation in preparation of its proxy statement prior to the annual meeting)

Box   9  
Outside Directors Discussion February 1990 (2 copies)
Box   9  
Director Independence Policy 1990-1991
Box   9  
Overview: Operating Plan Revisions (presentation to Finance Committee) February 4, 1991
Box   9  
GM Capital Allocation and Related Strategic Considerations September 1991
Box   9  
Meeting with outside board members November 3, 1991
Box   9  
Administration Committee November 21, 1991
Box   9  
Questions (anticipated) for board of directors at meeting of January 10, 1992 (2 versions)
Box   10  
Letters addressed to outside board members 1990-1992
Box   10  
GM Plant Closings (various documentation) 1991-1992
Box   10  
North American Operations Leadership Meeting October 16, 1992
Box   10  
Combined record volume: include 1992 Progression and Succession Review and Organization Review Presentation, October 1992 1992
Box   10  
GM Corporate Strategy Planning 1992
Box   10  
GM/Toyota Joint Venture Statement 1992
Box   10  
John Smale letters, meetings and related materials 1992 (3 folders)
Box   10  
Management changes April 1992
Box   10  
Executive Interview Background Summary (and related material) October 1992
Box   10  
Earning Report (3rd quarter) and Profitability Projection Overview October 1992
Box   11  
Regarding sale of stock 1991 (2 folders)
Box   11  
Notes of visit of R. C. Gerstenberg June 11, 1992
Box   11  
Memoranda from Alex C. Mair May 1992
Box   11  
Lloyd E. Reuss material 1991
Box   11  
International security concerns 1990-1991
Box   11  
Management Committee, organizational review 1991
Box   11  
Management Committee, miscellaneous 1992
Box   11  
Miscellaneous 1991-1992
 
Later GM Responsibilities (consulting, GM Corporate Advisory Council) 1992-1999 [subseries]
Box   11  
Resignation letter and related communications and press releases October 26, 1992
Box   11  
Letters pertaining to resignation October-December 1992 (2 folders)
Box   11  
Regarding hospitalization October 1992
Box   11  
Press releases, etc. November 1992
Box   11  
Regarding Maryann Keller's book Collision 1993
Box   11  
Post-resignation clippings 1993
Box   11  
Miscellaneous 1993 (2 folders)

(include John Smale correspondence)

Box   11  
Regarding Paul Ingrassia and Joseph B. White book Comeback; The fall and rise of the American automobile industry August 1994
Box   11  
Miscellaneous 1994
 
General Motors litigation / Robert Stempel depositions [subseries]
Box   12  
A-I
Box   13  
J-M
Box   14  
O-Z
Box   14  
Miscellaneous depositions and related
Box   15  
C/K Truck Product Liability Litigation
 
General Motors Publications [subseries]
Box   16  
75th Anniversary 1908-1983
Box   16  
Automotive Engine Test Code
Box   16  
Automotive Product Responsibilities
Box   16  
Benefits Handbook
Box   16  
Cadillac Legacy
Box   16  
Changing Challenge 1974-1975
Box   16  
Chevrolet, '75 Caprice Classic Convertible
Box   16  
Chevrolet Engineering Organization
Box   16  
Chevrolet Power, 2, 3, 4, Editions
Box   16  
Chevy Corvette
Box   16  
Chevy Corvette (1 volume)
Box   16  
Chevy El Camino
Box   16  
Chevy Racing Engine
Box   16  
Corvette, Road & Track Magazine
Box   16  
Daytona 500
Box   16  
Electric Vehicles
Box   17  
Emissions Control, Progress & Programs in Automotive
Box   17  
Emissions Control Systems September 1972 (1 volume)
Box   17  
Emission [Gasoline] Relationships, Progress & Programs in
Box   17  
Energy Booklet
Box   17  
Energy Situation 03/15/1975 (1 volume)
Box   17  
Environment, GM
Box   17  
Environmental Improvement Program
Box   17  
Environmental Report
Box   17  
Forward Drive: The Race to Build the Car of the Future by Jim Motavalli
Box   17  
Guidelines for Employee Conduct
Box   17  
Identification Manual (1 volume)
Box   17  
International Quality Study
Box   17  
Miscellaneous Brochures (2 folders)
Box   17  
Motor, Annual Training Issue
Box   17  
MVMA Motor Vehicle, Facts & Figures 1992
Box   17  
Newsletters
Box   17  
Opel Junior
Box   18  
Pollution
Box   18  
Pontiac
Box   18  
Power
Box   18  
Product Compliance Program (1 volume)
Box   18  
Public Issues, Background Materials on, Affecting GM (1 volume)
Box   18  
Quality
Box   18  
Racing
Box   18  
Research, Future Emission --Controlled Spark -- Ignition Engines and their Fuels
Box   18  
Safety
Box   18  
Top Management DFM Orientation Handbook
Box   18  
Total Quality Assurance System
 
Executive Conference
Box   18  
1972
Box   18  
1977
Box   18  
1980
Box   18  
1983
 
Leadership Conference
Box   18  
1988
Box   18  
1989
 
Schedules and Itineraries [subseries]
Box   19  
Itineraries 1986-1996 (11 folders)
Box   19  
Appointment books for RCS (maintained by Sylvia Drzazdzynski) 1986-1994 (10 volumes)
 
Motion pictures [subseries]
  Cold Room  
"ABCs of Catalytic Converters" 1973 (1 reels)

(reel no. 2)

  Cold Room  
"Olds Division; Air Pollution in Perspective" 1970s (1 reels)

(reel no. 1)

 
Energy Conversion Devices 1993-2007 [series]

The Energy Conversion Devices details the founding and development of this company through the records of the annual meeting and the board of directors. A significant portion of the files relate to presentation made by Stempel on behalf of the company to various banking and asset management firms. Some of the files relate to Stempel's enthusiasm for electric vehicles. Within this series are compact discs (CD-R) of the power-point presentations made by RCS.

 
Meetings (annual, board of directors, audit, other committees)
Box   20  
2003-2007 [Restricted until January 01, 2027]
Box   21  
2007 [Restricted until January 01, 2027]
Box   22  
2007 [Restricted until January 01, 2027]
Box   23  
Presentation material for various investment banking and asset management firms [Restricted until January 01, 2027]
 
Wholly owned subsidiaries of ECD
Box   24  
Uni-Solar (United Solar Ovonic) [Restricted until January 01, 2027]
Box   24  
Ovonic Hydrogen Systems [Restricted until January 01, 2027]
Box   24  
Global Automotive Conference -- presentation materials 2005 [Restricted until January 01, 2025]
Box   24  
Honda's investment in Ovonic Battery Co. [Restricted until January 01, 2027]
Box   25  
Meeting files 2001-2007 [Restricted until January 01, 2027]
Box   25  
Toyoda NIMH testing [Restricted until January 01, 2027]
Box   25  
Toyoda miscellaneous [Restricted until January 01, 2027]
Box   25  
Proposed photovoltaic manufacturing and assembly plant, Hoyerswerda, Germany 2005 [Restricted until January 01, 2025]
Box   26  
Electric Drive Transportation Association conferences and board meetings [Restricted until January 01, 2027]
Box   26  
Electric vehicles miscellaneous [Restricted until January 01, 2027]
 
Presentation materials
Box   27  
Ovonic work presentation [Restricted until January 01, 2027]
Box   27  
Investor presentation 2005 [Restricted until January 01, 2025]
Box   27  
Texaco Ovonic Battery System 2003 (2 folders)  [Restricted until January 01, 2023]
Box   27  
Ovonic Solar Presentation [Restricted until January 01, 2027]
Box   27  
Cobasys Investment Banker Package July 2006 [Restricted until January 01, 2026]
Box   27  
Military Open House 2003 [Restricted until January 01, 2023]
Box   27  
Cobasys Investor Presentation July 2006 [Restricted until January 01, 2026]
Box   27  
Organizational Materials 2005 [Restricted until January 01, 2025]
Box   28  
Electric vehicles [Restricted until January 01, 2027]
Box   29  
Presentation materials [Restricted until January 01, 2027]
Box   30  
Electric vehicles / EVAmerica [Restricted until January 01, 2027]
Box   31  
Electric vehicles [Restricted until January 01, 2027]
Box   31  
Miscellaneous [Restricted until January 01, 2027]
Box   32  
GMOvonic/Ovonic Battery Co. 1997
Box   32  
ECD/Ovonic NiMH Battery [Restricted until January 01, 2027]
Box   32  
ECD/Ovonic Battery and Hydride 1997-1998
Box   32  
Hybrid-Electric Vehicles 1996
Box   32  
Various presentations [Restricted until January 01, 2027]
Box   33  
Unprocessed; meetings presentations, etc. [Restricted until January 01, 2027]
Box   34  
Unprocessed; meetings presentations, etc. [Restricted until January 01, 2027]

(continued)

 
Power-point presentations (compact discs) given by RCS on behalf of Energy Conversion Devices 2002-2006 [subseries] (53 optical discs (CDs))
Box   35  
ETI Conference, Speaker Presentations Supplementary Edition 2002 [Restricted until January 01, 2022]
Box   35  
Transforming the Future, Manufacturing Technology Development [Restricted until January 01, 2027]
Box   35  
UK-Europe Visit June 2002 [Restricted until January 01, 2022]
Box   35  
Presentation, Hart, World Fuels Conf. September 27, 2002 [Restricted until January 01, 2022]
Box   35  
Presentation to Clinton River Watershed Council October 17, 2002 [Restricted until January 01, 2022]
Box   35  
Presentation, Busan, Korea October 21, 2002 [Restricted until January 01, 2022]
Box   35  
Hydrogen-Fueled Prius, Phase I, Video Status Report, by Dick Geiss October 2002 [Restricted until January 01, 2022]
Box   35  
Innovan Presentation, Board of Directors Mtg. November 8, 2002 [Restricted until January 01, 2022]
Box   35  
Presentation for EVAA December 12, 2002 [Restricted until January 01, 2022]
Box   35  
Ward's 10 Best January 8, 2003 [Restricted until January 01, 2023]
Box   35  
20th Int'l Seminar & Exhibit on Primary & Secondary Batteries March 17, 2003 [Restricted until January 01, 2023]
Box   35  
The Ovonic Solid Hydrogen, ICE Vehicle: Ready for a Test Drive September 18, 2003 [Restricted until January 01, 2023]
Box   35  
IPHE as Facilitator of Hydrogen Stationary Applications November 19, 2003 [Restricted until January 01, 2023]
Box   35  
IPHE Presentation November 19, 2003 [Restricted until January 01, 2023]
Box   35  
Ovonics Presentation at Ford May 18, 2004 [Restricted until January 01, 2024]
Box   35  
Ovonics Presentation to Int'l Joint Commission June 15, 2004 [Restricted until January 01, 2024]
Box   35  
Presentation to Jefferies July 19, 2004 [Restricted until January 01, 2024]
Box   35  
Ovonics Germany October 2004 [Restricted until January 01, 2024]
Box   35  
Presentation, Konrad-Zuse-Stadt Hoyerswerda November 16, 2004 [Restricted until January 01, 2024]
Box   35  
Investment Incentives in Saxony November 2004 [Restricted until January 01, 2024]
Box   35  
Automotive News World Congress, "Powertrains of the Future", Panel Discussion January 18, 2005 [Restricted until January 01, 2025]
Box   35  
Ovonics Presentation at 2005 DTE Energy Conference February 15, 2005 [Restricted until January 01, 2025]
Box   35  
Presentation at Morgan Stanley Global Automotive Conference March 22, 2005 [Restricted until January 01, 2025]
Box   35  
RCS Generic Presentation April 2005 [Restricted until January 01, 2025]
Box   35  
Presentation at the Global Automotive Conference April 7, 2005 [Restricted until January 01, 2025]
Box   35  
Presentation to First Albany Capital April 20, 2005 [Restricted until January 01, 2025]
Box   35  
Generic Presentation June 20, 2005 [Restricted until January 01, 2025]
Box   35  
Ground -- Automotive Power & Energy Symposium July 21, 2005 [Restricted until January 01, 2025]
Box   35  
Generic Presentation August 2005 [Restricted until January 01, 2025]
Box   35  
Geely Holdings Group August 12, 2005 [Restricted until January 01, 2025]
Box   35  
Presentation at SAE North American Int'l Powertrain Conference September 8, 2005 [Restricted until January 01, 2025]
Box   35  
Presentation January 23, 2006 [Restricted until January 01, 2026]
Box   35  
Ovonics Press Conference, Akron, OH April 27, 2006 [Restricted until January 01, 2026]
Box   35  
NASDAQ 17 Investor Program, London June 2006 [Restricted until January 01, 2026]
Box   35  
Presentation to Piper Jaffray July 10, 2006 [Restricted until January 01, 2026]
Box   35  
Presentation to Dow Automotive July 11, 2006 [Restricted until January 01, 2026]
Box   35  
Presentation to UBS Investment Research July 13, 2006 [Restricted until January 01, 2026]
Box   35  
Board of Directors Meeting Presentation July 21, 2006 [Restricted until January 01, 2026]
Box   35  
Presentation to Natews Bleichroeder July 26, 2006 [Restricted until January 01, 2026]
Box   35  
Presentation, Akron Hydrogen August 2, 2006 [Restricted until January 01, 2026]
Box   35  
Presentation to Citigroup Investment Research August 17, 2006 [Restricted until January 01, 2026]
Box   35  
Ovonic Hydrogen Systems, Akron Investor Meetings September 2006 [Restricted until January 01, 2026]
Box   35  
Fall Road Rally Event, Bloomingdale, IL, Driving Towards the Emerging Hydrogen Economy October 6, 2006 [Restricted until January 01, 2026]
Box   35  
Ovonic Hydrogen Systems, Presentation to Board of Directors November 3, 2006 [Restricted until January 01, 2026]
Box   35  
Greenville, Top Secret April 23, 2007 [Restricted until January 01, 2027]
Box   35  
GM Solar Power Comeback [Restricted until January 01, 2027]
Box   35  
Akron [Restricted until January 01, 2027]
Box   35  
Bexco [Restricted until January 01, 2027]
Box   35  
19th International Electric Vehicle Symposium & Exhibition [Restricted until January 01, 2027]
Box   35  
DP -- Diesel [Restricted until January 01, 2027]
 
Videocassettes (VHS) [subseries]
Box   36  
Unlabeled undated (2 tapes)  [Restricted until January 01, 2027]
Box   36  
Bloomfield Community Television, Michigan on Wall Street, Warren Pierce Host; Energy Conversion Devices, Stan Ovshinsky/Robert Stempel undated [Restricted until January 01, 2027]
Box   36  
Eisbrenner Public Relations, ECD/EV Global Motors, Press Conference undated (2 tapes)  [Restricted until January 01, 2027]
Box   36  
Electric Vehicle Association of the Americas undated [Restricted until January 01, 2027]
Box   36  
Hydrogen, The Matter of Safety undated [Restricted until January 01, 2027]
Box   36  
1997 ECD Annual Meeting, Time Code Window Burn, January 16, 1997 1997 (2 tapes)
Box   36  
1996 ECD Annual Meeting, Revised 2, January 28, 1997 1996-1997
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Highlights of GMATV Press, Conference and North American Auto Show January 4, 1998
Box   36  
GMC, ATV Videowall Off-Screen Master January 8, 1998
Box   36  
Eisbrenner Public Relations, ECD/EV Global Motors, Press Coverage February 1998
Box   36  
Excerpt from the White House Conference on Global Change February 2, 1998
Box   36  
Highlights from EV Global Motors & Energy Conversion Devices, Press Conference and Tour February 10, 1998
Box   36  
EV Global Motors & Energy Conversion Devices Press Conference and Tour February 10, 1998
Box   36  
Highlights of GM Advanced Technology Vehicles Press Conference (Short Version) February 11, 1998
Box   36  
United Solar Systems "The Power to Change the World" February 11, 1998
Box   36  
Highlights of Energy Conversion Devices, Inc. 1997 Annual Meeting February 19, 1998
Box   36  
ECD Analysts Video, Final April 20, 1998
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President Bill Clinton, HUD/Path-LA, CA (Short Version) May 4, 1998
Box   36  
President Clinton & Bob Vila Speaking at Inauguration of PATH (Partnership for Advancing Technology in Housing) May 4, 1998
Box   36  
Ovonic Battery, Compilation Reel June 30, 1998
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ECD, Ovonic Battery Compilation Reel September 4, 1998
Box   37  
Jason X-Expedition Prologue 1999
Box   37  
Jason Foundation for Education, Jason IX Highlights 1999
Box   37  
Highlights, ECD, Inc. 1998 Annual Meeting April 7, 1999
Box   37  
Chrysler, A Quest for Excellence August 31, 1999
Box   37  
BCBSM Orientation Video, "What Does It Mean to be Blue?" October 26, 1999
Box   37  
2000 Honors Assembly 2000 [Restricted until January 01, 2020]
Box   37  
Presentation, Full Contact Disc Brake, Electromagnetic Newtech Brake, Newtech Mecatronic Sensor 2000 [Restricted until January 01, 2020]
Box   37  
Highlights, Texaco, Inc. & ECD, Inc, Press Conference May 2, 2000 [Restricted until January 01, 2020]
Box   37  
Highlights, Texaco, Inc. & ECD, Inc, Press Conference, tc/wb dub May 2, 2000 [Restricted until January 01, 2020]
Box   37  
2000 Tour de Sol, Washington DC, Comments by Robert Stempel, May 18, 2000 2000 [Restricted until January 01, 2020]
Box   37  
ECD, Transforming the Future June 5, 2000 [Restricted until January 01, 2020]
Box   37  
Honors and Awards Ceremony 2001 [Restricted until January 01, 2021]
Box   37  
Energy Conversion Devices, Action News at 5, WXYZ-TV (ABC) Detroit April 3, 2001 [Restricted until January 01, 2021]
Box   37  
ECD, Transforming the Future May 30, 2001 [Restricted until January 01, 2021]
Box   37  
Highlights, Texaco Ovonic Battery Systems LLC, Press Conference July 18, 2001 [Restricted until January 01, 2021]
Box   37  
Highlights, Freedom Car Press Announcement January 9, 2002 [Restricted until January 01, 2022]
Box   37  
Energy Conversion Devices, Local First News at 6, WDIV-TV January 24, 2002 [Restricted until January 01, 2022]
Box   37  
Robert Stempel on Alternative Automobiles, Money Gang, CNNfn Cable Network National March 1, 2002 [Restricted until January 01, 2022]
Box   37  
Earth First, Solar Plant in Auburn Hills June 19, 2002 [Restricted until January 01, 2022]
Box   37  
Ovonic Solar Solutions, Unmixed, Roughcut June 21, 2002 [Restricted until January 01, 2022]
Box   37  
CNN February 2003 [Restricted until January 01, 2023]
 
Speeches / Conferences / Presentations [series]

The Speeches / Conferences / Presentations series mainly covers the period when Stempel was with General Motors.

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1965-1966, 1973-1978
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1978-1981
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1987-1994
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1994-1995
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1996
 
Organizational Affiliations, Responsibilities, and Interests [series]

The Organizational Affiliations, Responsibilities, and Interests series documents Stempel's leadership within the National Commission Against Drunk Driving and his participation as a member of Presidential Business Delegation to Asia and the Pacific, December 30, 1991-January 10, 1992.

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Oakland County Business Roundtable
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National Commission Against Drunk Driving
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Council of Great Lakes Industries
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Miscellaneous.
Box   45  
Presidential Business Delegation to Asia and the Pacific December 30, 1991-January 10, 1992

(also includes records of U.S.--Japan Business Council and meetings of Japan-U.S. Business Conference)

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Presidential Business Delegation to Asia and the Pacific December 30, 1991-January 10, 1992

(also includes records of U.S.--Japan Business Council and meetings of Japan-U.S. Business Conference)

(continued)

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Great Lakes Alliance

(representing domestic automakers and their suppliers; the alliance was formed to capitalize on President Clinton's Technology Initiative and the 1992 National Energy Policy Act; Stempel was chairman)

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GM Sunraycer; Sunrayce
 
Background / Personal information [series]

The Background / Personal information series is highlighted by the transcript of an oral history interview RCS gave relating to his career with General Motors. There are also hundreds of letters he received following various GM promotions and when he resigned as chairman and chief executive officer.

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Vita and other biographical information
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Awards various

(include photographs of award plaques and other ceremonial memorabilia)

Box   49  
Transcript of oral history interview with RCS relating to his career with General Motors 1998
Box   49  
Worcester Polytechnic Institute

(include photo upon occasion of receiving honorary degree)

 
Clippings
Box   49  
1966-1994 (some gaps) (11 folders)
Box   49  
Stan Ovshinsky, articles about
 
Kidnapping of his son Timothy 1975
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Binder of material relating to the crime and to the subsequent prosecution; include court testimony, statements of Timothy, etc.
Box   49  
Clippings

(sample)

Box   49  
Letters of support upon the return of his son November 1975
Box   49  
Correspondence (miscellaneous) 1954-2007
Box   49  
RCS business cards
Box   50  
Letters of congratulations
Box   50  
RCS appointment as Special Assistant to the GM President 1973
Box   50  
RCS appointment as Chevrolet Director of Engineering 1975
 
RCS elected GM President and Chief Operating Officer 1987
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Family and friends
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Business associates / Outside firms
Box   50  
GM dealers / GM associates
 
RCS elected GM Chairman and Chief Executive Officer August 1990
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GM business associates
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Business associates -- Outside firms (2 folders)
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Friends and acquaintances
Box   50  
Government officials
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Miscellaneous, include writers and other media, union officials, etc.
Box   51  
Following the announcement of his resignation October-December 1992 (4 folders)
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Get well cards following his elective surgery 1992 (3 folders)
Box   52  
Address book and card file; also trays of business cards

(mainly from the period after RCS left GM)

 
Visual Materials [series]

The Visual Materials includes materials from throughout RCS's career. It includes photographs and slides from through his life. There are other visual materials (films and videotapes) in other series as indicated in this finding aid.

 
Photographs [subseries]
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Portraits
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Stempel with Presidents Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush; also Mayor Edward Koch and other public figures
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Stempel with General Motors executives, company colleagues and friends

(include Pete Estes, Roger Smith)

(see also oversize folder UAm)

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1970s
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Miscellaneous 1980
 
Adam Opel AG 1981-1982
Box   53  
1981-1982 (3 folders)

(photos of meetings, plant tours, etc.)

Box   53  
General Motors Austria Werke Ges.m.b.H.
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1982

(Indianapolis 500, etc.)

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(Corvette, Bowling Green KY plant 1982
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1983

(Great Lakes Region Service Supremacy Seminar, May 12, 1983)

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Visit to GM facilities in Brazil May 1988
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Export Vision Conference circa 1990
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Miscellaneous 1990
Oversize Folder   1  
Ca. RCS and Owen Bieber shaking hands around the bargaining table 1990

(located in UAm)

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1991 visit to the White House, meeting with Vice President Quayle, June 12, 1991 1991
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Miscellaneous 1991
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1992

(Milford Proving Ground)

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1992 (visit to GM Asian Technical Center, January 10, 1992 1992
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1995

(visit to Italy with Stan Ovshinsky)

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President's Water Meeting February 6, 2003
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With Stan Ovshinsky and others 2000s
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Miscellaneous 2002-2003
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Energy Conversion Devices (with Stan Ovshinsky)
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Album (Adam Opel vehicles: Corsea, Kadett, Techno, etc.) 1981
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Album : Photographs and letters, receiving awards, letters from dignitaries 1987-1992
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Album : Sunraycer 1988
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Album : Roger Smith and Owen Bieber and others visiting the Saturn Plant in Spring Hill, TN September 1990
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Album: Saturn, designers and at auto show
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Album: Texaco Ovonic Battery System, Springboro, Ohio plant groundbreaking October 29, 2002
Box   54  
Album Robert Stempel visits China 2003
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Album: Cobasys Grand Opening, Orion, MI May 18, 2005
 
Slides [subseries]
 
Various presentations: slide carousels and slide boxes:
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Presentation on fuel economy and catalytic conversion 1974
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1993 Chicago Manufacturing Institute, April 7, 1993 1993
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RCS talk on energy and drivetrain trends 2001
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Miscellaneous unidentified
Box   56  
"What the Automotive World Is Coming To?" Presentation to Automotive News World Congress circa 1980
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Lecture "Automotive Competition and the Productivity Challenge" October 7, 1982
Box   56  
ECD Company Overview
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Miscellaneous unidentified
 
Audio Cassettes [series]

The Audio Cassettes are recordings of Stempel's appearances on various radio programs as well as other public presentations.

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E.N. Cole on WJR Sunday July 19, 1970
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Q & A following Stempel and Lund Remarks at Long-Lead Preview July 13, 1976
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Stempel, GM, Pontiac Motor Division, Gen. Motors Co. January 1, 1979
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Stempel on WJR November 12, 1997
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Warren Pierce Radio Show, 1310 AM November 18, 1997
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Energy Conversion Devices November 15, 2000
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Jeb Bass, WSVL AM & FM Shelbyville, Ind. undated
Box   56  
Pontiac Revs up for the 80's undated
Box   56  
Ovonic Nickel Metal Hydride, GM undated