Some of the main references related to the history of PLS methods.
H. Wold (1982) Models for Knowledge
In The Making of Statisticians, 89-212. J. Gani (Ed). Springer-Verlag: Berlin.
P. Geladi (1988) Notes on the History and Nature of Partial Least Squares (PLS) Modeling
Journal of Chemometrics, 2: 231-246.
P. Whittle (1992) Obituary: Professor Herman Wold
Journal of the Royal Statistical Society. Series A (Statistics Society), 155(3): 466-469.
D.F. Hendry, M.S. Morgan (1994) The ET Interview: Professor H.O.A. Wold 1908-1992
Economic Theory, 10: 419-433.
M. Tenenhaus (1998) Chapitre 1 Introduction (In French)
La Régression PLS: Théorie et Pratique, 1-4.
S. Wold (2001) Personal memories of the early PLS development
Chemometrics and Intelligent Laboratory Systems, 58(2): 83-84.
H. Martens (2001) Reliable and relevant modeling of real world data: a personal account of the development of PLS Regression
Chemometrics and Intelligent Laboratory Systems, 58(2): 89-95.
G. Sanchez (2009) Chapter 2: Historical Review
PATHMOX Approach: Segmentation Trees in PLS-PM, 7-17 (Doctoral Dissertation).
G. Mateos-Aparicio (2011) Partial Least Squares (PLS) Methods: Origins, Evolution, and Application to Social Sciences
Communications in Statistics - Theory and Methods, 40: 13, 2305 — 2317
G. Sanchez (2013) Appendix A: Historical Overview of PLS-PM
PLS Path Modeling with R.
G. Sanchez (2015) The Saga of PLS
M.S. Morgan (1990) The History of Econometric Ideas
This book doesn’t contain notes about PLS, but it helps to understand the tasks that Herman Wold was working on and the problems he was trying to solve, which eventually led to the development of PLS