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Local 482 Paterson Teachers Union, 1966-1974

 File — Box: 16, Folder: 41

Scope and Content

From the Collection: The records of the AFT’s office of the President Coll ection consist of minutes, correspondence, reports, publications and other materials documenting the union’s activities in organizing and servicing affiliates, improving teaching conditions and influencing legislation affecting education and social issue d uring the presidencies of Charles Cogen and David Selden.

Important subjects in the collection: Collective Bargaining -Education -United States Education -Bilingual Educational Change Education -Curricula Educational -Finance Education -Special Education Education -Law and Legislation Education and Crime National Education Association More Effective Schools Program Oceanhill-Brownsville Professional Employees-Labor Unions-United States Public Employee -Labor Unions -United States School Children -Transportation -United States Segregation in Education -United States Sexual -Discrimination Schools -Discrimination Strikes and Lockouts -Teachers -United States Strikes and Lockouts -Newark -New Jersey Strikes and Lockouts -San Francisco -California Teachers -Job Stress Teachers -Los Angeles -California Teachers -New York City -New York Teachers -Political Activity Teachers -United States Teacher Centers Working Class -Education

Important correspondents in the collection: Joseph Alioto Israel Kugler Si Beagle Harry V. Lerner Thomas H. Bell John Mallan Andrei Braconier S.P. Marland Rondald H. Brown Emil Mazy Joseph Cascella George Meany Charlie Cogen John Otting Marcel DuVall Bayard Rustin Walter Davis Walter Reuther Paul Feldman Milton Schuebel Sandra Feldman Albert Shanker Jack Golodner Leon Skull James Hazlett Jerry Wurf Harold Howe II Belle Zeller Hubert Humphrey

Series Description: Series I, General Subject Files: General Subject files contain correspondence, memos and reports, and minutes. Subseries A: AFL-CIO general correspondence, general correspondence with AFL-CIO unions and the AFL-CIO departments. Subseries B: Colleges and Universities, general correspondence and invitations to speak at US colleges and universities. Subseries C: Boards of Education, general correspondence and reports from various state boards.

Series II, AFT Office Files: Correspondence, memos, reports, conference materials, speeches, articles. Subseries A: AFT Departments Subseries B: AFT Staff Unions, National Representatives, Directors Subseries C: Vice Presidents Subseries D: Conferences, Committees and Meetings Subseries E: AFT State Federation and AFT Councils

Series III, David Seldens’ Articles, Testimonies, Letters and Speeches Seldens’ materials, congratulation letters to his presidency Subseries A: Newark Strike and Jailing correspondence to and from Selden, memos, reports, articles.

Series IV, AFT Subject Files: General subject materials pertaining to AFT policy, mission and activities.

Series V, Locals: General correspondence and materials to and from the AFT to locals.
From the Collection: Part II: Part II has information about this growth internally and externally, the social issues of the day and how it effected teachers and the labor movement. There is great amount of information on organizing non-public school, especially parochial schools; the merger talks with the NEA and the teacher unity caucus; freedom of speech issues for teachers in the Pickering files. Part II also has more information about busing and desegregation, the battles between the AFT and AFSCME as well as the internal issues facing the AFT with growth, power and issues that it had to face over Vietnam and democracy within the union.

Important Subjects: Busing Collective Bargaining –Public Employees Desegregation Free Speech Parochial school unions San Antonio v Rodriguez School Finance Strikes –Public Schools Strikes –Universities and Colleges Teacher Participation Teacher Union Merger Vietnam Welfare Women’s Rights

Important Names: David Elsila Edward McElroy George Fisher Ken Miessan Marjorie Stern Nat Hentoff Raoul Teilhet

Part II: Series Description: Series I: AFT, 1963-1974: AFT records are a variety of materials related to the operation of the AFT. The series consists of correspondence, reports, memos, clippings, etc. There is a substantial amount of information on the AFT’s organizing especially with non-public schools. The CNR Miesan files is a grievance filed by Mr. Miesan against the AFT, Miesan ran for president of the AFT in 1970s violating his contract with the AFT. Pickering correspondence relate to a three and a half year old cou rt battle that ended in the US Supreme Court concerning freedom of speech by schoolteachers.

Series II: Congressional and Government Correspondence and Testimony, 1965-1974: This series contains testimony that Selden gave in front of various congressional committees about public education, labor law reform, bussing and the San Francisco State college strikes. The series consists of transcripts and some correspondence.

Series III: National Education Association, 1968-1974: NEA series contains correspondence, clippings, and reports with and about the NEA. Considerable effort was made by the AFT in researching the NEA under the files Jim Lerman Project.

Series IV: Publishers and Publications Correspondence, 1967-1974: Series contains correspondence and clippings from newspapers and journals. The correspondences are usually responses to articles about teachers unions. There is information on Selden’s pitch to publish books as well as the lawsuit against Simon and Schuster for pub lishing “Teachers and Power” by Robert Braun.

Series V: Subjects, 1967-1974: Subject series are correspondence, reports, clippings and other materials dealing with the subject file. Of note are the files that deal with AFSCME and the AFL-CIO.


  • 1960 - 1974
  • Majority of material found within 1968 - 1974

Language of Materials

From the Collection: Material entirely in English.


Collection is open for research.


From the Collection: 27 Linear Feet (27 SB)


Repository Details

Part of the Walter P. Reuther Library Repository

5401 Cass Avenue
Detroit MI 48202 USA