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John Eklund Papers

Identifier: LP000416

Scope and Content

The papers of John Eklund reflect his work as a concerned educator and President of the AFT.

Important subjects covered in the collection are: Academic freedom Loyalty oaths Federal Aid to education Teachers wages

Series Description: Correspondence, reports, clippings and other materials relating to Mr. Eklund's work as an educator and official of the AFT. There are speeches and articles written by Mr. Eklund representing views on such issues as academic freedom, funding education and improving teaching conditions. There is information on the UNESCO Conference attended by Mr. Eklund in Paris, President Reports from AFT National Conventions and numerous clippings recording his many activities.


  • 1948 - 1951


Language of Materials

Material entirely in English.


Collection is open for research.


Refer to the Walter P. Reuther Library Rules for Use of Archival Materials.


Mr. Eklund, a former president of the American Federation of Teachers, was a graduate of Bethany College in Lindsborg, Kansas with degrees from the University of Denver and the Iliff School of Theology, Denver. He became a vocational advisor in the Veteran's Administration Opportunity School Guidance Center, operated jointly by the VA and the Denver public school system and in April of 1946 was elected chairman of the executive board of the newly formed Denver Federation of Teachers. In August of the same year he was elected one of the vice-presidents of the American Federation of Teachers and represented the organization in the Rocky Mountain Region. He was re-elected vice-president in 1947 and the state of California was added to his region. In July of 1948, representing the liberal wing of the organization, Mr. Eklund was elected president of the AFT and held that position until 1951. In June and July of 1951, Mr. Eklund attended the Sixth General Conference of UNESCO in Paris as a member of the United States delegation.


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Mr. Eklund was president of the American Federation of Teachers from 1948-1951. This collection contains materials related to his presidency which include academic freedom and federal aid to education.


Arranged in 1 series – Series 1 (Box 1 and scrapbook). Folders are arranged alphabetically by subject or type of material.


The papers of John M. Eklund were deposited in the Archives of Labor and Urban Affairs in December of 1970 and 1973 by Mr. Eklund and were opened for research in May of 1984.


One photograph relating to Mr. Eklund and the AFT has been placed in the Archives Audiovisual Collection. A copy of The Federationist, received with this collection is available in the Archives Library.

Processing History

Processed and finding aid written by Walter P. Reuther Library in May 1984.
Guide to the John Eklund Papers
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Repository Details

Part of the Walter P. Reuther Library Repository

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