Friends of FMCS History

The history of negotiation, mediation and arbitration

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Please use the physical address or email address below to contact the Friends of FMCS History.

Tax-deductible donations can be made by check payable to Friends of FMCS History Foundation (Tax ID 20-5851357) or online.

Available for purchase online:

A History of Alternative Dispute Resolution: The Story of a Political, Cultural, and Social Movement
by Jerome T. Barrett with Joseph P. Barrett

This book covers the history of negotiation, mediation and arbitration from before the ancient Phoenicians to the boom in ADR during the last 25 years. Labor-management arbitration, mediation and training are covered extensively in the book, using the contents of the Friends archive.

Interest-Based Bargaining: A User Guide
by Jerome T. Barrett and  John O’Dowd


Jerome (Jerry) Barrett, Founder and Executive Director
200 N. Maple Avenue, No. 212
Falls Church, VA 22046
Friends email address:


Visit the Friends Collection at the GW Special Collections Research Center – Guide to the Jerome T. Barrett Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service History Archive, 1913-2010.

Go to the Blog   to read and see material about FMCS I have posted to the GW Special Collections Blog.

In addition to the transcripts in the Oral History Interview page, you can go to the Internet Archive and hear selected Directors oral history interviews.


See the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service (FMCS) website at:

See the  National Archives and Records Administration  (NARA) website at:

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