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AFSCME Program Development Department Records, Part 1 and 2

 Collection
Identifier: LR002203
Part I: Part I solely reflects the department's concerns with women's issues, sex discrimination, and CLUW and other groups.

Important subjects covered in this collection are: Affirmative Action, 1974-75 International Women's Year, 1974-76 AFSCME Interim Committee on Sex Discrimination, 1972-75 Sex discrimination, 1972-75 Civil Rights Act: Title VII, 1972-75 Title IX of the Education Amendments (1972), 1974-75 Clearinghouse on Women's Issues, 1973-75 Women in unions, 1972-76 Women's Action Alliance, 1973-75 Coalition of Labor Union Women, 1973-75 Women's Equity Action League, 1974-75 Commissions on the status of women, 1974-75

Among the important correspondents are: Hein, John Tarr-Whelan, Linda Madar, Olga Welsh, William McNorriell, Mozell Wurf, Jerry Perlman, Nancy

Series Description: Series I, Women's Files, 1964-1977, Boxes 1-11: Correspondence, clippings, reports, questionnaires, fliers, pamphlets, articles, bibliographies, legal materials and mailing lists relating to women's issues, particularly sex discrimination and women's organizations.
Part II: The records in Part 2 of this collection contain the administrative records of the Program Development Department head and staff. A large portion of Part II is devoted to subject files, which illustrate the broad scope of the Department’s focus. Part II also contains records pertaining to the Department’s efforts to prevent the decentralization of mental health institutions and to protect the employees that worked in those facilities. Files on other health care related issues are also included in Part II. A few files related to Women’s Issues that were missed when processing Part I also appear.

Important Subjects: Affirmative action programs Civil rights Collective bargaining Deinstitutionalization Health care Mental health services—Legislation Labor unions—Organizing Psychiatric nurses Psychological tests Public health administration—Decentralization Social workers

Important Names: Conway, Jack Perlman, Nancy D. Rogin, Larry Tarr-Whelan, Linda Woodruff, Judy Wurf, Jerry, 1919-

Series Description: Series II: Program Development Department Files, 1973-1976 Series III: AFSCME Department Files, 1973-1975 Series IV: Subject Files, 1973-1975 Series V: Chronological Correspondence Files, 1973-1975 Series VI: Healthcare Issues, 1969-1975 Series VII: Regional Health Institutes, 1968-1974 Series VIII: Affiliated Organizations, 1969-1973 Series IX: Women’s Issues, 1964-1973

Dates

  • 1964 - 1977
  • Majority of material found within 1973 - 1975

Creator

Language of Materials

Material entirely in English.

Access

Collection is open for research.

Use

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.

Extent

16.5 Linear Feet (11 MB, 11 SB)

Abstract

The AFSCME Program Development Department was created in January of 1973 to deal with matters such as health care, the deinstitutionalization of the mentally ill, employee protections, career development, and sex discrimination. It was funded by federal grant money until 1975 when the funds ran out, the department was disbanded, and its several functions were taken over by other AFSCME departments.

The records in Part I reflect the Department's concerns with women's issues, sex discrimination, the Coalition of Labor Union Women (CLUW), and other groups. Important figures represented are Linda Tarr-Whelan, deputy director, 1973-1975; her successor, Nancy Perlman; and International President Jerry Wurf. Important topics appearing in the records include affirmative action, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, International Women's Year, Title IX, and commissions on the status of women.

The records in Part II of this collection contain the administrative records of the Program Development Department head and staff. A large portion of Part II is devoted to subject files, which illustrate the broad scope of the Department’s focus. Part II also contains records pertaining to the Department’s efforts to prevent the decentralization of mental health institutions and to protect the employees that worked in those facilities. Files on other health care related issues are also included in Part II. A few files related to Women’s Issues that were missed when processing Part I also appear.

History

The AFSCME Program Development Department was created in January of 1973 to deal primarily with such matters as health care, the deinstitutionalization of the mentally fragile, employee protections, career development and sex discrimination, and with the Coalition of Labor Union Women (CLUW). It was funded by federal grant money, and from 1973 to May 1975 Linda Tarr-Whelan was the Deputy Director. She was succeeded by Nancy Perlman who was named Acting Director. By late 1975 its source of funding had so diminished that the department was disbanded. Its several functions were taken over by other AFSCME departments.

Arrangement

Part I: Arranged in 1 series – Series 1 (Boxes 1-11). Folders are arranged alphabetically, with general materials placed last.
Part II: Arranged in 8 series - Sereis 2 (Box 12), Series 3 (Boxes 12-13), Series 4 (Boxes 13-14), Series 5 (Box 14), Series 6 (Boxes 15-17), Series 7 (Boxes 17-20), Series 8 (Boxes 20-22), and Series 9 (Box 22). Folders in each series are simply listed by their location within each box. They are not arranged, so any given subject may be dispersed throughout several boxes within each series.

Acquisition

Part I: The papers from the Program Development Department were placed in the Archives of Labor and Urban Affairs in May of 1977 by the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME).
Part II: The AFSCME Program Development Department Records were first deposited at the Reuther Library in 1976. Subsequent deposits were made until 1981.

Related Materials

Most of the AFSCME collections at the Reuther Library have material related to the Program Development Department Records. Most closely related are the AFSCME Women’s Department Records and the AFSCME Public Policy Analysis Department Records.

Transfers

Part I: One photograph and a convention button and poster have been placed in the Archives Audiovisual Collection. Duplicate pamphlets, articles and newsletters were transferred to the Archives Library.

Processing History

Part I: Processed and finding aid written by Walter P. Reuther Library in March 1986.
Part II: Finding aid written by Kara Gentile on August 31, 2011. Edited by Johanna Russ on October 4, 2011.

Creator

Title
Guide to the AFSCME Program Development Department Records, Part 1 and 2
Status
completed
Author
Processed by Walter P. Reuther Library.
Date
1986-03
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English

Revision Statements

  • 2011-08-31: Part 2 processed and finding aid updated by Kara Gentile.
  • 2011-10-04: Part 2 finding aid edited by Johanna Russ.

Repository Details

Part of the Walter P. Reuther Library Repository

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