The Frances Hesselbein Papers document the life and work of one of the leaders in the world of nonprofit management. The collection contains a wide variety of materials, including information on the Peter F. Drucker Foundation for Nonprofit Management (1990-2002), the Leader to Leader Institute (2003-2011), and the Frances Hesselbein Leadership Institute (2012-present), as well as Hesselbein's personal life. The records are divided into two subgroups, the records of the Hesselbein Institute and its predecessors; and the personal records of Frances Hesselbein. Materials are dated as early as the 1930s and 1940s, up until the present day. Most of the material comes from the time towards the end of Hesselbein's tenure with the Girl Scouts of the United States of America in the 1980s and continues through her work with The Drucker Foundation/Leader to Leader/Hesselbein Institute.
The records in these subgroups represent two distinct categories of information, as specified by the donor. In the first subgroup, that of the institution, there are materials relating to Hesselbein, but there are also materials more specifically concerned with the Institute itself, such as meeting minutes, conference plans, publications, staff correspondence, and audio/visual materials produced by or relating to the institution. There are also records of Peter Drucker himself, such as articles written over his lifetime and information related to the Drucker Institute at Claremont Graduate University in Claremont, California, where Drucker was a professor.
In the second subgroup, containing personal material, there are records related to Hesselbein's time with the Girl Scouts, information on other nonprofit organizations with which she spent time, copies of speeches given in the past 35 years, and audio/visual materials relating to these topics, as well as Hesselbein herself. There is also information on events attended by Hesselbein, and documents relating to her family life as well. The materials in this subgroup, unlike in the first, almost always deal specifically with Frances Hesselbein.