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Part 2

Part I (Series 1-3) of this collection contains general office files, correspondence, and minutes as well as conference materials. Subjects include the federation's activities with improving membership and public schools, professional and educational programs. There is information dealing with the Ohio politics and communication with Ohio locals.

Series I, General Office Files, 1938-1986, Boxes 1-3: Notices, press releases, convention minutes, constitutions, reports, programs and other materials relating to the Ohio Federation of Teachers' activities, administration, and its organization.

Series II, Correspondence, 1966-1987, Boxes 3-10: Correspondence, notices, reports, clippings, and other materials relating to the activities of the president's office and the executive secretary of the Ohio Federation of Teachers in the fields of finance, labor, politics, and education.

Series III, Minutes and Conference Materials, 1966-1987, Boxes 10-13: Conference committee reports, minutes of the executive council, officers, and staff meetings, as well as defense cases involving Ohio Federation of Teachers members.
The AFT Ohio Federation of Teachers Records, Part II, illustrate the union’s activities and initiatives for educator and student rights and improving education systems. Materials include correspondence, reports, minutes, convention and conference proceedings, constitutions, publications, legislation, newsletters, press releases, speech and testimony transcripts, pamphlets, and photographs. Additional subjects include organizing, bargaining, legislation and court cases, and conflicts and collaborations with the National Education Associations Ohio charter, the OEA.

Series 4: General OFT Files, 1961-2008 General files of the OFT are comprised from various offices in the OFT. The series has communications with locals in Ohio, which include general correspondence, organizing strategies, and negotiations. There are files on general subjects, legislation, and various community organizations. The series also has internal materials such as the OFT executive council/committee, convention meeting minutes, general meetings, workshops and other internal organizing files from the OFT. Of note are files on retirees, the financing and organizing of unions in Ohio, higher education, and issues surrounding charter schools in Ohio, especially a lawsuit with White Hat Management.

Series 5: Presidents’ Files, 1973-2010 The Presidents’ files complement similar records found in Part I, and are from the offices of Raymond Kikta, Joseph Vargo, Ronald Marec, and Tom Mooney. Many of Mooney’s records also represent his tenure as the President of the Cincinnati Federation of Teachers, various activities with the national office including his role as Vice-President of AFT, his interests and activities in human rights and labor issues on an international level, and his work with organizations outside of but related to the AFT.

Series 6: Audiovisual Material, 1967-circa 2006 Audiovisual material includes photographs from various locals, state and national conventions, various political figures connected to OFT, and OFT officials and staff. Also included is a VHS tape of the program Children in America’s Schools.


  • 1938 - 2010
  • Majority of material found within 1961 - 2010

Language of Materials

Material entirely in English.


Collection is open for research. Access to materials less than 10 years old requires permission from the AFT Archivist.


From the Collection: 47.5 Linear Feet (13 MB, 41 SB)


Repository Details

Part of the Walter P. Reuther Library Repository

5401 Cass Avenue
Detroit MI 48202 USA