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Ray Howe Papers

 Collection
Identifier: LP002130
Dr. Howe’s papers contain information on various aspects of collective bargaining with a focus on higher education. His papers and speeches reflect his knowledge of both sides of the table with negotiations and the process of mediation and arbitration in the area of higher education with a focus on community colleges.

Series I: College and Union work, 1964-1974 Notes, college papers, workshop materials, articles, correspondence.

Series II: Speeches and Articles, 1959-1992 Notes, newspaper clippings, transcripts of speeches and full articles.

Series III: Correspondence and Meeting Transcripts, 1965-1993 Correspondence, notes, transcripts from national meetings.

Dates

  • 1959 - 1992
  • Majority of material found within 1968 - 1974

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

2.5 Linear Feet (5 MB)

Abstract

Ray Howe was born 30 July 1921. After serving in the Korean conflict, Howe married and began teaching at Lowrey Junior High School in Dearborn Michigan and from 1955-1959 he taught at Edsel Ford High School in Dearborn. In 1959 Howe was elected president of the Dearborn Federation of Teachers, Local 681, American Federation of Teachers and served till 1961. Howe began working for the Dearborn Public Schools in the late 1960s in various positions, from principal to deputy superintendent. He took positions also at Henry Ford Community College (HFCC) – ranging from executive dean of the college to division head of Social Sciences. He remained close to labor issues by negotiating for Dearborn public schools and for HFCC.

Dr. Howe’s papers contain information on various aspects of collective bargaining with a focus on higher education. His papers and speeches reflect his knowledge of both sides of the table with negotiations and the process of mediation and arbitration in the area of higher education with a focus on community colleges.

History

Ray Howe was born 30 July 1921. He served in the World War II as an infantryman. When he was discharged from the Army he attended Western Michigan University graduating summa cum laude in 1949. He then attended Harvard University and received his MA in 1950. Immediately after graduating Howe served the US Army once again as an infantryman master Sergeant in the Korean War from 1950-1951. Upon his return from Korea he married and began teaching at Lowrey Junior High School in Dearborn Michigan and from 1955-1959 he taught at Edsel Ford High School in Dearborn.

In 1959 Howe was elected president of the Dearborn Federation of Teachers, Local 681, American Federation of Teachers and served till 1961. Over the years Howe served in various elected positions in the Michigan Federation of Teachers as well as the American Federation of Teachers. During the mid 1960s Howe returned to school to receive his doctorate in philosophy from Wayne State University.

Dr. Howe began working for the Dearborn Public Schools in the late 1960s in various positions, from principal to deputy superintendent. He took positions also at Henry Ford Community College – ranging from executive dean of the college to division head of Social Sciences. He remained close to labor issues by negotiating for Dearborn public schools and for HFCC. His experience in higher education collective bargaining is reflected in his fifty plus articles and his consultant work throughout the United States and Canada. He also was an arbitrator in Michigan, Illinois and in Alaska. Howe was also Library commissioner of Dearborn for over twenty years.

Howe died in August 1999.

Arrangement

Arranged in three series – Series I Box 1 and Series III Box 4-5 arranged alphabetically. Series II Box 2-3 arranged chronologically.

Acquisition

Papers were deposited by Polly Howe in June 2000.

Related Materials

Michigan Federation of Teachers Collection, AFT State Federation Collection

Processing History

Processed and finding aid written by Dan Golodner in December, 2010.

Creator

Title
Guide to the Ray Howe Papers
Status
completed
Author
Processed by Dan Golodner.
Date
2010-12
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English

Repository Details

Part of the Walter P. Reuther Library Repository

Contact:
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