Friends of FMCS History

The history of negotiation, mediation and arbitration


About The Friends of FMCS History Foundation  (Revised site under development)

The Friends of FMCS (Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service) History Foundation is a not-for-profit foundation for the purpose of gathering, preserving and publicizing the history of FMCS, and its predecessor, the USCS (United States Conciliation Service). Together these two organizations have provided a full time federal mediation staff since 1914 .

This site illustrates this long history with materials from the Friends extensive archive. Papers, speeches, documents, photos, interviews, film materials and other memorabilia sketch an institutional history that dwarfs newer mediation providers started in the last thirty years.

Jerry Barrett the founder of the Friends, began gathering these materials as a young FMCS mediator in 1964. He created the Friends in 1992.  The Friends website and Board of Directors is supported by generous donations of its readers and supporters.

George Washington University (GWU), Gelman Library Special Collections is the location of Friends Collections.

You may visit that collection as well as other sites by going to the Contact Us  page.

We have added the transcript for 55 selected speeches given by FMCS directors and a few others from 1960 to 2004. The speeches are in the Archives.

For more information about the Friends go to About Us.

To donate to “Friends” go to the Donation page or click this link.

I want to thank the following individuals for generous donations to “Friends”; Ed and Adrian Hiltz, former Commissioners Ira Lobel, James Schepker, Earl Leonhardt, Peter Cheng, Barbara Wood, James Kinney, and Cliff Suggs.

Thanks to Norm Lee’s generous donation that made the original website possible!

Richard Giacolone – 19th Director of FMCS – Director of Friends of FMCS History Foundation

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