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AFT Local 484: Springfield Federation of Teachers Records

Identifier: LR001666

Scope and Content

The American Federation of Teachers, Local 484 Collection consists of correspondence, news clippings, meeting minutes, contracts, constitution, legal and financial papers, and miscellaneous materials. The primary subjects are collective bargaining and grievance proceedings. Other subjects emphasized are busing for racial balance and residency requirements for teachers.

Important subjects covered in the collection are: Arbitration awards Collective bargaining--Teachers Grievance procedures Labor agreements Public schools--Massachusetts Teachers--Evaluation Teachers--History Teachers--Massachusetts--Political activity Teachers--Residence requirements

Among the important correspondents are: American Federation of Teachers Martin Manoogian James Belhumeur Springfield Education Association

Series Description: Series 1- Office File, 1937-1994: Correspondence, minutes, agenda, clippings, and miscellaneous materials mainly concerning the general operations of the Springfield Federation of Teachers Local 484. Approximately one-third of the papers consists of news clippings relating to the local's activities but also to education and teaching in general. Approximately one-fourth of the collection relates to grievances and arbitration processes. Also included are papers relating to the union's constitution, contracts, collective bargaining, legal and financial matters, elections, and miscellaneous subjects. Emphasized are issues of school busing for integration and teacher residency requirements.


  • 1937 - 1944


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. Restrictions: Researchers may encounter records of a sensitive nature – personnel files, case records and those involving investigations, legal and other private matters. Privacy laws and restrictions imposed by the Library prohibit the use of names and other personal information which might identify an individual, except with written permission from the Director and/or the donor.


The Springfield Federation of Teachers is located in Springfield, Massachusetts. Organized in 1937, its jurisdiction extends over the City of Springfield. The papers included in this collection are primarily those generated by the union's executive board; particularly presidents James Belhumeur and Martin Manoogian and the Federation's recording secretaries. The activities covered are primarily those of Local #484 in the city of Springfield, Massachusetts but also encompass unionization in general and of teachers in particular, political participation, and national concerns such as busing for integration.


4 Linear Feet (4 SB)


The collection consist of correspondence, news paper clippings, minutes, contracts, legal, and financial papers. A small amount of files are grievances.


Arranged in 1 series – Series 1 (Boxes 1-4). Folders are arranged alphabetically.


The papers of the Springfield Federation of Teachers, Local #484, American Federation of Teachers, were deposited with the Archives of Labor and Urban Affairs in 1996.


pproximately 30 photographs received with the collection have been transferred to the Archives Audiovisual Department. These relate to the annual conventions of the American Federation of Teachers. Others are of individual teachers and/or administrators of the Springfield Federation of Teachers.

Processing History

Processed by Walter P. Reuther Library and opened for research in May 1999.
Guide to the AFT Local 484: Springfield Federation of Teachers Records
Processed by Walter P. Reuther Library.
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Repository Details

Part of the Walter P. Reuther Library Repository

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