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Albert Sayer Papers

 Collection
Identifier: LP000395
Series 1: Albert Sayer, Personal Correspondence, writings, and notes on financial aid for education, Americans for Democratic Action, and the Union of School Supervisors.

Series 2: Albert Sayer, Teacher High school classroom material on history, civil liberties, economics, and labor.

Series 3: New York State Booklets, proceedings and clippings on the State Constitution, budget, housing legislation, personal income, and public welfare.

Subseries A: American for Democratic Action Platforms, press releases, letters, drafts, memorandums, and clippings. Subseries B: New York City Relationships Reports, papers, and clippings on taxes, aid for education, and the Public Education Association. Series 4: New York City Reports, booklets, and clippings on the City Charter, findings of the State Commission on Governmental Operations, the budget, Citizens Budget Commission, Citizens Union, Union of School Supervisors, United Federation of Teachers, etc.

Series 5: Labor Booklets, pamphlets, and clippings on the growth of the union movement in the United States, collective bargaining, strikes, factors affecting wages, job discrimination, migratory labor, foreign trade, etc.

Series 6: Resources Booklets, articles, and clippings on natural and human resources in the United States.

Series 7: Civil Liberties Booklets, articles, and clippings on human rights, the interpretation of democracy, and elections.

Dates

  • 1936 - 1965

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.

Extent

6 Linear Feet (12 MB)

Abstract

Mr. Sayer, a New York teacher, served as vice-president of the New York Teachers Guild in 1950. He left the Guild to help form Local 378 of the CIO, a N.Y. teachers' union which disbanded in 1954. Later Sayer aided in obtaining an AFL-CIO charter for the United Federation of Teachers and served this organization in several capacities. Mr. Sayer also served as member and chairman of the New York State chapter of Americans for Democratic Action. In the summer of 1964, he and his wife Florence went to Mississippi to assist black children in their fight for civil rights. The material appears in the form of correspondence, notes, booklets, proceedings, clippings, press releases, party platforms, reports, and papers. Subjects include the Constitution of the State of New York; growth of unions; formation of the United Federation of Teachers; the educational budget of New York City; civil liberties; and human rights. Correspondents include Robert M. Haig, William Jansen, Arthur Levitt, Frederick C. McLaughlin, Joyce Martin, Milton Murray, George S. Reuther, Jr., Walter Reuther, and Leo Weitz.

History

Albert H. Sayer, a teacher, was born in Springfield, Massachusetts, on October 20, 1907. He died June 17, 1965. Sayer received his bachelors from Harvard where he graduated Phi Beta Kappa. Later, he earned his Masters in economics at Columbia, and co-authored Economics in Our Democracy (1950), a high school text book. For more than thirty years he worked to improve the quality of the New York school system. In 1950 he was vice president of the New York Teachers Guild. However, he left the Guild to help form Local 378 of the C.I.O., a New York teachers' union which was disbanded in 1954. Later Sayer worked in obtaining an A.F.L.-C.I.O. charter which became the United Federation of Teachers where he served as an officer and member of the executive board. At the same time he fought for and became vice president of the Union of School Supervisors. Albert Sayer also worked to improve the quality of American life. He served as a member and then as chairman of the New York State chapter of Americans for Democratic Action. In the summer of 1964, he and his wife Florence went to Mississippi to help Negro children gain their civil rights.

Arrangement

Arranged in 7 series – Series 1 (Box 1), Series 2 (Box 1), Series 3 (Boxes 2-3), Series 4 (Boxes 4-5), Series 5 (Boxes 6-10), Series 6 (Box 11), and Series 7 (Boxes 11-12). Folders are arranged alphabetically, and further arranged chronologically when appropriate.

Series 3 is further broken down into two subseries.

Acquisition

The papers of Albert Sayer were deposited with the Labor History Archives in June 10, 1970 by Florence Sayer.

Processing History

Processed and finding aid written by KD on August 14, 1970.
Title
Albert Sayer Papers
Status
completed
Author
Processed by KD.
Date
1970-08-14
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English

Repository Details

Part of the Walter P. Reuther Library Repository

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