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American Federation of Teachers Publications Edit

Summary

Identifier
LR002613
Finding Aid Author
Processed by Daniel Golodner.
Finding Aid Date
2015-03-01
Description Rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of Description
English

Dates

  • 1865 – 2013 (Creation)
  • 1960 – 1990 (Creation)

Extents

  • 138 Linear Feet (Whole)
    (158 MB, 11 SB, 5 OS, 150 volumes, 64 reels)

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Notes

  • Language of Materials

    Material entirely in English.

  • Abstract

    The American Federation of Teachers was founded in 1916 and immediately made the American Teacher, published by the New York City Teachers Union, as its official organ. Since then the AFT has published numerous publications that range from organizing tools to professional development materials for its members. It has also published materials dealing with the labor movement, tenure, civil and human rights as well as teaching tools. Official publications of the AFT also spoke directly to the AFT’s diverse membership, which includes higher education higher education faculty and staff, paraprofessionals, public employees and health care workers.

    This is an artificial collection made up of these publications from AFT headquarters, AFT affiliates and individuals associated with the AFT drawn from the preexisting library collection and from various other shipments.

  • Acquisition

    Publications from the AFT and AFT affiliates have been coming to the Reuther Library since the 1960s and placed in the library division of the Reuther Library. This is an artificial collection made up of these publications from AFT headquarters, AFT affiliates and individuals associated with the AFT drawn from the pre-existing library collection and from various other shipments.

  • Processing History

    Processed and finding aid written by Daniel Golodner on March 1, 2015.

  • Access

    Collection is open for research.

  • Use

    Refer to the Walter P. Reuther Library Rules for Use of Archival Materials.

  • Other Copies

    The American Teacher is available in microfilm, 1912- 2009. Boxes 1-2 and 27-29. Changing Education is available in microfilm, spring 1969-spring 1970, Volume 4, 1-4 and spring 1973-spring 1974, Volume 5, 1-4. Box 29.

  • Citation Style

    "American Federation of Teachers Publications, Box [#], Folder [#], Walter P. Reuther Library, Archives of Labor and Urban Affairs, Wayne State University"

  • Related Materials

    AFT Inventory Part I and II Records, AFT Office of the President Records, AFT Secretary Treasurers Records

  • History

    The American Federation of Teachers was founded in 1916 and immediately made the American Teacher, published by the New York City Teachers Union, as its’ official organ. Since then the AFT has published numerous publications that range from organizing tools to professional development materials for its members. They also have published materials that deal with specific issue dealing with the labor movement, tenure, civil and human rights as well as teaching tools. Official publications of the AFT also spoke directly to the AFT’s diverse membership, which includes higher education higher education faculty and staff, paraprofessionals, public employees and healthcare workers.

  • Scope and Content

    This collection of materials range from the serials created by the AFT, convention and executive council abridged transcripts and reports, brochures/pamphlets and booklets talking about numerous issues that affect the AFT’s members, the union movement and other social issues. The other half of this collection consists of publications created by AFT locals and state federations which allows the researcher to see what issues were facing rank and file members of the AFT from across the United States. Affiliate publications are mostly newspapers and magazines.

    Important Subjects: Academic Freedom Teachers--Tenure--United States Teacher Salaries Collective Bargaining Curriculum Higher Education Teacher Strikes Education--Finance Paraprofessionals in education Education Reform Schools--United States School Violence Nurses Public Employees Social Security

    Important Names: Henry Linville George Counts Albert Shanker David Selden John Dewey Irvin R. Kuenzli Sandra Feldman Carl Megal Charlie Cogen

    Series Description: Series 1: Booklets, Brochures, Flyers, and Pamphlets, 1865-2007 Brochures, pamphlets, booklets, handbills, publications created by or about the AFT, by or about various AFT affiliates. There are very few notes and correspondence within the series. Of note is a section in the series of official publications from affiliates about their own history.

    Series 2: AFT Official Organs, 1912-2013 Newspapers and bulletins that are official publications from the AFT. The bulk being the American Teacher newspaper and magazine. Bound volumes 39-49 consists of the American Teacher Magazine. Other official publications represent divisions of the AFT: higher education, healthcare, public employees, PSRPs and AFT retirees. The formats are bound, unbound and microfilm.

    Series 3: Convention, Executive Council, and Constitutions 1918-1996 Series 3 is comprised of abridged transcripts of some AFT conventions and executive council meetings. There are presidents’ and officers’ reports and constitutions of the AFT. The constitutions are not a full run. There is a short run of convention materials from 1972-1974 and 1980 with the majority of the materials on the 1974 convention in which Shanker was elected. Various convention calls and programs are also included in this series.

    Series 4: Affiliate Publications Newspapers and constitutions published by AFT affiliates. These are not complete runs.

  • Arrangement

    Arranged in 4 series – Series 1 (Box 1-6), Series 2 (Box 7-20) and Series 3 (Box 21-27), Series 4 (Box 28-177). Folders are arranged in Series 1 alphabetically, Series 2 and Series 3 are in chronological order, and Series 4 by alphabetically by state.

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