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Richard Reist Papers

Identifier: LP000681
The papers of Richard Reist reflect local and statewide efforts to unionize teachers in order to raise salaries, gain fringe benefits, and improve working conditions. There is also information concerning the union's interest in legislation relating to education and to court cases regarding the union's defense of tenure and to unfair labor practices.

Series Description: Series 1: AFT, State and Locals, 1941-1968 Correspondence, clippings, reports, and other items concerning the activities of the Lansing Federation of Teachers, the Michigan Federation of Teachers and the American Federation of Teachers.


  • 1941 - 1968
  • Majority of material found within 1964 - 1967


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.


1.25 Linear Feet (3 MB)


Richard Reist was a charter member of American Federation of Teachers (AFT) Local 1620 (Lansing Federation of Teachers), holding the posts of vice-president, treasurer, and publications chairman, and served as vice-president of the Michigan Federation of Teachers. Mr. Reist’s papers reflect local and statewide efforts to unionize teachers, and the union’s interest in education legislation.


Mr. Reist, born in 1928, received his B.S. and M.S. degrees at Michigan State University. He became a classroom teacher in the Lansing school system and from 1955 to 1964 he was a member of the Lansing School Employees, Inc., (an independent classroom teachers union), holding the offices of vice-president, treasurer and a member of the Board of Directors. In 1965 AFT Local 1620, also known as the Lansing Federation of Teachers, was organized and Mr. Reist, a charter member, held the office of vice-president and subsequently treasurer and publications chairman. In May of 1966 he was elected a vice-president of the Michigan Federation of Teachers and was chairman of the Legislation Committee of that organization.


Arranged in 1 series – Series 1 (Boxes 1-3). Folders are arranged alphabetically by subject.


The papers of Richard Reist were placed in the Archives of Labor and Urban Affairs in October of 1974 by Mr. Reist and were opened for research in March of 1984.


Issues of the Lansing Teacher and Michigan Teacher from 1965 to 1966, received with this collection, have been placed in the Archives Library.

Processing History

Processed and finding aid written by Walter P. Reuther Library on March, 1984.
Guide to the Richard Reist Papers
Processed by Walter P. Reuther Library.
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description

Repository Details

Part of the Walter P. Reuther Library Repository

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