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AAUP Wayne State University Chapter Records

Identifier: LR000662

Scope and Content

The AAUP Wayne State University Chapter Collection contains membership lists, applications and questionnaires, correspondence, flyers, meeting minutes, newsletters, newspaper clippings, committee reports, surveys, statistical data and President Arnold Pilling's notes of phone conversations and diary entries related to the chapter's activities during its formative years, the 1972 election campaign and the first contract negotiations.

Important subjects in the collection: AAUP, Michigan Conference AAUP, National Academic freedom Collective bargaining--College teachers--Michigan College teachers--Pensions College teachers--Salaries, etc. College teachers--Tenure College teachers' unions--Michigan Employee Council for the School Millage Equal pay for equal work Sex discrimination in employment Students--Civil rights--Michigan Teachers Insurance and Annuity Association WSU faculty WSU outside speaker policy WSU University Council

Important correspondents in the collection: Chester Cable Edward Cushman Robert Grazier George Gullen William Rea Keast Stanley Kirschner Jordan Kurland Ralph Loomis Arnold Pilling Charles Solley Richard Spector Melbourne Stewart


  • 1940 - 1973


Language of Materials

Material entirely in English.


Collection is open for research.


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The Wayne State University Chapter of the American Association of University Professors (AAUP) was formed in the fall of 1930 at a time when faculty at the College of the City of Detroit were pushing the Detroit Board of Education towards the organization of a university, achieved in 1933 with the creation of what became Wayne State University. In the early years, AAUP concerned itself primarily with administrative reform, fighting for faculty participation in University governance, unlike its rivals, the Detroit Teachers Association and the WSU local of the American Federation of Teachers (WSUFT), which were mainly interested in bread-and-butter issues.

In 1965 the Michigan Legislature passed PA 379, which eliminated penalties for public employees who went on strike, and Michigan teachers became the first major state employee group to organize under the new statute. By 1970 many WSU AAUP members previously resistant to the idea of faculty unionization joined WSUFT in recognizing the need for collective bargaining on campus. An election to determine a collective bargaining representative among WSUFT, AAUP and the MEA-affiliated Faculty Association took place in March of 1972. WSUFT and AAUP, the top vote-getters, were pitted against each other in a runoff election the following month, with the AAUP winning a narrow victory. In May of 1973 the union signed its first contract with the University.


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The Wayne State University American Association of University Professors was formed in 1930. The early activities of the chapter focused on administrative reform and faculty participation in University governance. In May of 1973 WSU AAUP won an election against the Michigan Education Association-affiliated Faculty Association and the WSUFT (Wayne State University Federation of Teachers) to become the faculty collective bargaining representative. Collection materials include records relating to chapter activities and contract negotiations, as well as President Arnold Pilling's notes and diary entries related to the chapter's activities during its formative years, the 1972 election campaign and the first contract negotiations.


Folders are arranged alphabetically by subject and chronologically therein.


The records of the Wayne State University Chapter of the American Association of University Professors were placed in the Archives of Labor and Urban Affairs between 1958 and 1980 by the AAUP and Arnold Pilling.

Processing History

Processed and finding aid written by Walter P. Reuther Library in October 2005.
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Repository Details

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