The Lawrence D. Miles Value Engineering Reference Center Collection
After Miles' death in 1986, his wife, Eleanor Miles Walker, became an officer on the Board of the Lawrence D. Miles Value Foundation and donated $5,000 to the foundation to organize and present to the public everything related to VA/VE that her husband had collected over the years. She entrusted the project to Professor Thomas J. Snodgrass, a life-long colleague of Lawrence Miles. This led to the establishment in 1993 of the Lawrence D. Miles Value Engineering Reference Center at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Among many other historical documents, the Center includes the Lawrence D. Miles Value Engineering Papers Collection, the journal, Value World, proceedings from the annual conference of SAVE International from 1966 and later and many related books, other references, and audiotapes and videotapes.
In recent years, the University of Wisconsin-Madison Libraries has made an effort to make these historical archives available online. It can be reached for research purposes in The Lawrence D. Miles Value Engineering Reference Center Collection.
This is a sample of what you can find in the Library
Biggest Thing Since Mass Production
Publication in Readers Digest Magazine, January 1964
Covers the origins of VA, the emphasis on function, and several examples of cost savings in various industries. Discusses international competition and how VA is helping American industries stay ahead.