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Ann Arbor Teachers Association Records

Identifier: LR000280

Scope and Content

This collection includes materials documenting parent-teacher organizations and school board elections. Civil rights, and especially the bussing of schoolchildren, is discussed in the more recent files.

Important subjects are: Teacher Certification; Legislation Relevant to Education; Salary Negotiations and Plans; School Board Elections; Organization as Profession vs. Union; MEA; NEA; Pupil Bussing; Executive Secretary and Full Time President

Arranged in the following groupings: Minute Books, bound by academic year, 1911-1932

Proposed organizational schemes; Drafts of constitutions and proposed revisions; chronological, 1950-65

Executive Board Minutes; Chronological, 1949-1968

Miscellaneous correspondence of executive officers; Chronologically by subject, 1954-1967

Governing Council Minutes; Chronological, 1951-1967

Secretary, misc. activities; Rosters, Lists, Calendars, and Election Results; Chronologically by subject, 1951-1967

Treasurer; Ledger, 1940-57; Budgets, 1949-1968; misc. bank statements, Tax Materials, Dues Lists, Charity Drives; Chronologically by subject, 1940-1968: Professional problems committee, minutes, 1959-1967; Policy statements, School Board and AATA; certification materials; Grievance Procedures and Cases; Chronologically by subject, 1959-1967 PPC, misc. activities; Alphabetically by subject

Professional Negotiation Committee; Related Bargaining Bodies; minutes and materials; Chronological and by subject, 1964-1967

Salary Committee, Minutes, Correspondence, and Reports, 1956-1966; Salary Proposals and Schedules, 1951-1967; Salary Surveys; Salary Schedules - comparative; Clippings; Chronologically by subject

Legislative Committee, Minutes; 1958-1906; Millage Campaigns and Studies; School Board Elections, Candidate Interviews; 1964-1967, Alphabetically; Legislative Lobbying; Retirement, Publications, Bills, Petitions, communications, clippings, 1936-1956. Chronologically by subject, 1936-1966

Publication committee minutes, chronologically arranged, 1958-1965; correspondence and miscellaneous materials. "Chalkboard," 1958-1967

Health and Insurance Committees, Minutes, 1960-1965, Correspondence, Health and Charitable Services, and Insurance Plans. Chronologically arranged by subject, 1960-1966.

Teacher Education and Professional Standards (T.E.P.S.) Committee. Minutes, 1961-1967. Correspondence, various subjects, and publications. Chronologically arranged by subject.

Miscellaneous Representatives, committees, and subjects. Chronologically arranged by subject, 1953-1967.

Administration, Board of Education, Parent-Teacher, and Citizens' Committees' Records, Chronologically arranged by Subject. Minutes, Correspondence, and Publications, 1942-1967.

Michigan Education Association Board of Directors, Representative Assembly, Conventions, and Region III. Minutes, Reports, Correspondence, Salary Schedules, Publications. Chronologically arranged by Organization and by subject, 1962-1967

National Education Association, Correspondence, Convention Materials, Reports, and Publications. Chronologically arranged by subject, 1954-1967


  • 1911 - 1968


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 Ann Arbor Teachers Club (later changed to A.A.T. Association) was founded during the 1911-1912 academic year. According to the Minutes, "The object of the Club was to co-operate with one another and with other teachers' clubs in the state for mutual benefit. The two specific objects were the passing of the Retirement Bill and the establishment of a state school for defective children."

Throughout its subsequent development the Association has worked for the dual objectives of the enrichment of educational services and the recognition and reward of teaching as a profession. The Association displayed an early interest in regional professional organizations; by 1921 it belonged to the National Education Association, and financial records indicate active support of the Michigan Education Association by 1925. Besides actively participating in their varied programs, the A.A.T.A. also seems to have modeled their organizational structure upon M.E.A. and N.E.A. guidelines.

The original constitution established an executive committee, comprising principal officers as well as representatives of the separate school units, charged with conducting the affairs of the Association. Shortly thereafter, ad hoc committees were established and some of them were retained as standing committees.

The standing committees in turn have generated ephemeral sub-committees concerned with specific issues. Constant challenge and growth have necessitated periodic constitutional revision and organizational restructuring. This has influenced the arrangement of the collection, to the extent that materials relating to the executing of a specific policy have been organized around the standing committee most concerned with the activity. For example, almost all records relating to Salary are filed under the Salary Committee, even though certain of them may have originated with the Professional Problems Committee. This scheme was adopted in hopes of facilitating research upon those activities most pertinent to the process of professionalization.

Ann Arbor furnishes a unique context for a teachers association. It is the seat of the gigantic and prestigeous University of Michigan, citizens possess comparatively high educational and income levels, and this reacts both upon the scholastic attitudes of the teachers and administrative staff and upon the relations between the school system and the community.


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Ann Arbor Teachers Association was formed in 1911 as a teachers club and later in 1921 affiliated with the National Education Association. The collection contains information that reflect the operation of the association with minute books from the association to its’ participation with the Michigan Education Association. The collection contains interesting information on Michigan legislation, bussing of schoolchildren and the relationships with the parent-teacher organizations.


Folders are arranged alphabetically or chronologically depending on the grouping.


The papers of the Ann Arbor Teachers Association were deposited with the Labor History Archives in March of 1968 by officers of the Association.

Processing History

Processed and finding aid written by WKJ in December 1968.
Guide to the Ann Arbor Teachers Association Records
Processed by WKJ.
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note

Repository Details

Part of the Walter P. Reuther Library Repository

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Detroit MI 48202 USA