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Marjorie Stern Papers

Identifier: LP000774

Scope and Content

The Marjorie Stern Papers reflect her work in the AFT, NOW, and CLUW.

Important subjects include: American Federation of Teachers, 1974 convention -- Selden/Shanker Presidential contest American Federaiton of Teachers' Women's Rights Committee, 1970-1974 Coalition of Labor Union Women, Founding Convention, Constitutional Convention National Organization for Women, Seattle Equal Employment Opportunity Task Force, Task Force on Union Women San Francisco Federation of Teachers Local 61, bargaining and strike, 1968 San Francisco State College Strike, 1969

Series Description: Series 1, San Francisco Federation of Teachers Local 61: Handouts, newsletters, clipings and other materials relating to the SFFT Local 61, including handwritten bargaining team notes, strike materials, and settlements, 1967-1969. There is also material relating to the San Francisco State College Strike of 1969.

Series 2, AFT Women's Rights Committee, 1970-1975: American Federation of Teachers Women's Rights Committee Materials from its founding. Substantial correspondence reflecting activities in the women's movement in labor and elsewhere. Material on Women's Commmittee activities at national AFT Conventions as well as the local level, publications and articles written by Stern, substantial workshop and conference materials.

Series 3, American Federation of Teachers Conventions, 1970-1974: Material not directly related to the Women's Rights Committee. Includes resolutions, officers' reports, clippings, materials relationg to factions, particularly Stern's Coalition for a Democratic Union in the presidential run-off between David Selden and Albert Shanker, 1974.

Series 4, National Organization for Women, 1972-1974: Four folders relating to the Labor Union Task Force and the Seattle Chapter of the EEO Task Force. Includes newsletters, minutes, correspondence, resource material.

Series 5, Coalition of Labor Union Women, 1973-1975: Includes conferences leading up to the Founding Conference, correspondence, proceedings of the National Steering and Coordination Committees, constitutional drafting committees and constitutional convention, and related materials.

Seris 6, Miscellaneous California Democratic Socialist Organizing Committee, 10/1975: One folder continaing materials relating to teh workshop "Who Should Own California?" Sterns' panel discusion notes, bibliogrpahy, etc. about "Restoring Work Time."
Part II: Part 2 reflects Ms. Stern's activities both in the American Federation of Teachers and in various women's organizations, although the largest body of documents encompasses the period 1970-1977. The second section of Ms. Stern's papers was processed and opened to researchers in June 1979.

Important subjects are: Affirmative Action Children Care Centers Coalition of Labor Union Women Constitutional Conventions of the California Federation of Teachers, 1968-1977 Equal Rights Amendment Hawaii Organizing Drive of the American Federation of Teachers, year 1972 (see Box 5, folder 5) International Women's Year, 1975 and 1977 National Women's Political Caucus San Francisco Teachers' Strike (1971) United Teacher Press Association Women in Education Committee Women's Alliance to Gain Equality (Union W.A.G.E.) Women's Rights Committee

Series I: International and State Teacher Unions' Activities, 1968-78: It contains clippings, pamphlets, resolutions, statements and other similar materials related to various women's committees inside of the A.F.T. and the California and Seattle Federations of Teachers. The statements of various unions of affirmative action and the Equal Rights Amendment also belong to this series.

Series II: Women's Organizations, 1971-85: Clippings, flyers, proceedings and programs of conferences and workshops not directly sponsored by the American Federation of Teachers, newsletters, and membership lists of several women's organizations are located in this series.

Series III: Correspondence and Personal Papers, 1963-68: Incoming and outgoing letters related to both unions' and women's organizations' activities, drafts of Ms. Stern's speeches and articles, letters and memos concerning the State Colleges in which she served either as a student or as a teacher.


  • 1963 - 1985


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.


Marjorie Stern was born in Chicago, Illinois, on September 2, 1918. She acquired a bachelors degree in Social Science and Homemaking in 1958 and a Master’s degree in Sociology and Anthropology in 1965 fro San Francisco State College. Before she began teaching at the secondary level, in 1959, she served as secretary to the National Association of Social Workers in San Francisco and to the National Congress of Parents and Teachers in Chicago. In 1973 she had been elected to seven consecutive terms as secretary to Local 61 San Francisco Federation of Teachers. From 1966 she served as a member of the bargaining team. She was a part-time paid AFT organizer in 1966-1967 and for short periods thereafter in other cities. In January 1972 M. Stern served for six months as the full-time Field Representative for the Seattle Federation of Teachers. After serving as chairwomen of the Ad Hoc Women’s Committee at the 1970 American Federation of Teachers Pittsburgh convention, Ms. Stern played an instrumental role in the establishment of the AFT Women’s Rights Committee to which she was appointed chairperson in January, 1971, serving in that capacity until August, 1974. In 1975 Ms. Stern was made recipient of the Sacramento Area Council Locals’ Academic Freedom Award.

In addition to her organizing work for the AFT, Ms. Stern served the National Organization for Women as coordinator of the Task Force on Union Women from May, 1973 to November, 1974. Since the Founding Convention of the Coalition of Labor Union Women in Chicago March 23, 24, 1974, Ms. Stern has represented teachers on CLUW’s National Coordinating Committee and National Steering Committee.


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Marjorie Stern worked as on organizer for the American Federation of Teachers in various cities, served seven consecutive terms as secretary to the San Francisco Federation of Teachers Local 61, and played an instrumental role in the creation of the AFT Women’s Rights Committee. Ms. Stern served as coordinator of the National Organization for Women’s (NOW) Task Force on Union Women, and served as a founding member of the Coalition of Labor Union Women (CLUW). Ms. Stern’s papers relate to her work in the AFT, NOW and the CLUW, particularly concerning the AFT Women’s Rights Committee.


Part I: Arranged in 5 series – Series 1 (Box 1), Series 2 (Boxes 2-6), Series 3 (Box 8), Series 4 (Boxes 8-9), and Series 5 (Box 9). Folders are arranged chronologically.
Part II: (Note that boxes renumber begining in part 2.) Arranged in 3 series - Series 1 (Boxes 1-2), Series 2 (Boxes 2-4), and Series 3 (Box 5). Folders are arranged alphabetically.


Part I: The papers of Marjorie Stern were placed in the Archives of Labor and Urban Affairs in June of 1976 by Ms. Stern.
Part II: The second section of Marjorie Stern's papers was received at the Archives of Labor and Urban Affairs in the spring of 1978 by Ms. Stern.


Part I: Four photographs of the CLUW Founding Convention, one taped interview have been placed in the Archives' Audiovisual collection. Assorted AFT proceedings and newspaper clippings were placed in the Archives Library.
Part II: A large amount of publications has been placed in the Archives' library. A list of these publications, subdivided by subjects, is located at the end of the guide. Several personal objects including buttons, flags, and certificates, have been placed in the Archives' Audiovisual collection. A kit of photographic reproductions, with the title Women of Greatness in American History, has also been transferred to that Collection.

Processing History

Part II: Processed and finding aid written by Walter P. Reuther Library in June 1979.
Guide to the Marjorie Stern Papers
Processed by Walter P. Reuther Library.
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
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Repository Details

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