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Detroit Education Association Records

Identifier: LR000351
The Collection covers the period from 1914-1968. Series 1: Detroit Teachers Association and Detroit Education Association Correspondence, reports, minutes, Constitutions, awards, petitions, publicity material, drafts of articles, notes, posters, newspaper clippings, bound journals, and scrapbook. The records of this series pertain to the boards, departments, committees and officers of the Detroit Teachers Association and the Detroit Education Association. These records are divided into two subseries, and the records within each subseries are arranged alphabetically. The records of subseries A should be dated 1914-1956, and most of them are. The bound journals, however, contain records dated before and after 1956. Since they were started during the Detroit Teachers Association, they are placed under subseries A, even though they contain records of the Detroit Education Association. Subseries A: Detroit Teachers Association Box Subseries B: Detroit Education Association

Series 2: Michigan Education Association Correspondence, reports, newsletters and notebooks. The records of this series pertain to the boards, councils, committees, and conferences of the Michigan Education Association.

Series 3: National Education Association Correspondence, press releases, reports, news bulletins, and publicity material. The records of this series pertain to the conventions, committees, and divisions of the National Education Association.

Series 4: Correspondence, calendars of meetings, reports, minutes, legal opinions, and xerox copies of newspaper clippings. The records of this series pertain to the departments, boards, officers, and other matters concerning the Detroit public schools.

Series 5: Office Files Correspondence, reports, minutes, press releases, newsletters, and xerox copies of newspaper clippings.


  • 1914 - 1968
  • Majority of material found within 1957 - 1967



Collection is open for research.


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24.5 Linear Feet (49 MB)


Correspondence, reports, minutes, constitutions, awards, petitions, publicity material, drafts of articles, notes, posters, press releases, newsletters, calendar of meetings, bound journals, scrapbooks, and newspaper clippings of the Detroit Education Association and its predecessor, the Detroit Teachers Association. Subjects include DEA collective bargaining election contests with the Detroit Federation of Teachers (1963-66); DEA budget presentations to the Board of Education (1955-64); DEA constitutional revision (1963-64); DEA contract negotiations with the Board of Education (1961-67); DEA lobbying activities with the Michigan Legislature (1955-65); DEA membership campaigns (1959-66); Michigan Education Association Board of Directors meetings (1963-67); MEA Representative Assembly (1964); MEA regional conferences (1960-64); MEA Teachers Institute Day (1964); National Education Association conventions (1959-66); Detroit school millage campaigns (1959-63); Detroit Teachers retirement programs (1951-65); education proposals for Detroit public schools (1958); Livonia Education Association (1962-63); and Michigan Constitutional Convention (1961-62). Correspondents include Samuel M. Brownell, Charles Diggs, John Dingell, Martha Griffiths, Thaddeus M. Machrowicz, Patrick V. McNamara, George Romney, Harold Ryan, and Robert Waldron.


The Detroit Education Association was established in 1956 to promote the interests of the school children of the Detroit Public Schools, to advance the professional interests of its members, and to further their welfare. All contract employees of the Detroit Board of Education, Annuitants, and Substitute teachers are eligible for membership in the Association. The predecessor to the Detroit Education Association was the Detroit Teachers Association which was founded in 1897.


Arranged in 5 series – Series 1 (Boxes 1-24), Series 2 (Boxes 25-29), Series 3 (Boxes 29-35), Series 4 (Boxes 35-46), and Series 5 (Boxes 46-49). Folders are arranged alphabetically.

Series 1 is further divided into two subseries.


The papers of the Detroit Education Association were deposited in the Labor History Archives in June, 1969, by Robert M. Johnson.

Processing History

Processed and finding aid written by L.H.H. in January, 1970.
Detroit Education Association Records
Processed by L.H.H.
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Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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Repository Details

Part of the Walter P. Reuther Library Repository

5401 Cass Avenue
Detroit MI 48202 USA