Skip to main content

Harley B. Hiscox Papers

Identifier: LP001216

Scope and Content

Series Description: Series 1: California Federation of Teachers, 1968 - 1971 Correspondence, clippings, and other materials relating to organizing locals, finances and Mr. Hiscox's resignation.

Series 2: Colorado Federation of Teachers, 1971 - 1974 Correspondence, Clippings and other materials relating to organizing locals, finances, the unity drive between Denver Classroom Teachers and CFT, Unity Action Caucus, surveying of Texas conditions.

Series 3: Texas Federation of Teachers, 1975 - 1977 Correspondence, clippings, and other materials relating to organizing locals finances, Mr. Hiscox's resignation as State Director of Organizing is election as President of Dallas Local, No. 2260, and the picketing of the govenor's mansion.


  • 1968 - 1984
  • Majority of material found within 1974 - 1984


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.


Harley B. Hiscox was born in Glendale, California. His college majors were religion, counseling and guidance. After graduation he served as part-time pastor and taught school. From 1961 through 1980 he held various offices in the American Federation of Teachers in California, Colorado and Texas. (The collection does not include papers from 1961-1967.) His important activities included organizing, bargaining agents elections and negotiations. Mr. Hiscox helped found 100 locals in California, and during his three years in Colorado the individual membership almost doubled. In 1974 Mr. Hiscox was asked by the national office to head a full-time organizing staff that was establishing in Texas, were the active membership was only 297. By 1978 it had increased tenfold. In 1977 Mr. Hiscox became greatly concerned over the situation in Dallas. Seeing the potential for a strong organization in that city, he resigned his post as State Director of Organization and devoted himself entirely to Dallas. He gained national attention by leading a picket line in front of the governor’s mansion to protest Gove nor William p. Clements' proposed cut in funds for public education. In addition to his administrative work in three states, Mr. Hiscox was also editor of the California Teacher, and the Colorado Teacher, and several Texas newsletters. In 1980 he was awarded special commendation by the Union Teacher Press for the Dallas Teacher. Also, while in Colorado Mr. Hiscox was temporarily director of labor publications for the Colorado Labor Council, AFL-CIO. Maureen Hiscox was Closely associated with her husband's work, and some of her papers are also included in the collection. In California she was office coordinator for her husband and director of offices services in Colorado. She served as photographer for the Colorado Teacher and as press secretary and public relations consultant for the Colorado Labor Council, AFL-CIO. She served as state representive of the AFL for both Colorado and Texas.


4 Linear Feet (8 MB)


Harley Hiscox held various offices in the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) in California, Colorado and Texas. Mr. Hiscox was active in the founding of 100 California AFT locals and served as the Texas State Director of Organizing and as President of Dallas Local 2260. Mr. Hiscox’s papers document his extensive work for the AFT.


Arranged in 3 series – Series 1 (Boxes 1-2), Series 2 (Boxes 2-4) and Series 3 (Boxes 4-8). Folders in Series 1-2 are arranged chronologically and folders in Series 3 are arranged alphabetically.


The papers of Harvey B. Hiscox were placed in the Archives of Labor and Urban Affairs in January and March of 1985 by Maureen Petra’s and were opened for research in May of 1985.


Two photographs and several other pieces of memorabilia relating to the AFT have been placed in the Archives Audiovisual Collection. AFT constitutions, contracts, platforms, and newspaper received with the collection are available in the Archives Library.

Processing History

Processed and finding aid written by Walter P. Reuther Library in May, 1985.
Guide to the Harley B. Hiscox Papers
Processed by Walter P. Reuther Library.
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note

Repository Details

Part of the Walter P. Reuther Library Repository

5401 Cass Avenue
Detroit MI 48202 USA