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Cleo Moran Papers

Identifier: WSP000558

Scope and Content

This collection contains materials from the 1960s to the 1980s that include papers, memos, minutes, library references, reports, petitions, court transcripts, publications, newsletters, and correspondences. The collection includes records from the Commission on the Status of Women, materials from the Teachers Insurance and Annuity Association, College Retirement Equities Fund (TIAA-CREF) lawsuit as well as items relating to four national women's organizations and assorted publications about the women's movement from the 1970s and early 1980s.


  • 1960-1980


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.


Cleo Moran, long active in women's issues, was born on September 3, 1925. Cleo Moran earned her Doctorate in Education in 1962, extending her research knowledge, understanding of its use, and its application to local and national peers throughout the 1970s and early 1980s. Dr. Moran worked thirty years in education. Prior to joining Wayne State University's staff in institutional research in 1961, Dr. Moran taught physical education and teacher education classes for fourteen years at two previously served academic institutions. Twenty years work as an administrator and counselor in a graduate resident dormitory further increased her skills working to assure the rights of women on campus.

Dr. Moran was an important member in the Commission on the Status of Women at Wayne State University. The Commission on the Status of Women plays a major role to help women on Wayne's campus, works in conjunction with other major universities in the state of Michigan, and serves as a bridge to link academic institutions across the nation. Many services provided at Wayne are a result of actions of the Commission. Childcare on campus, the posting and up-grading of jobs, women's studies, and campus safety and rape prevention are but some of the issues brought to public action.

In addition to the Commission on the Status of Women, Dr. Moran worked capably in the women's commission of the Association of Academic Colleges and the Women's Equity Alliance League. Through union representation of the Professional Administrative Association, Cleo Moran joined the Coalition of Labor Union Women. Likewise, her firm support of goals and efforts of the National Organization of Women was steadfast throughout the years. All of these contribute to and supplement actions taken by the Commission on the Status of Women. Because of her undaunting eleven years of service in the Commission on the Status of Women, Cleo Moran's work has done much to resolve inequities, solve the TIAA-CREF issue, and improve the role and acceptance of women. The position and the worth of academic, professional, working, and female students have more realistically advanced due to efforts of members of the Commission on the Status of Women such as Cleo Moran.

Apart from university and national women's groups, Dr. Cleo Moran held professional membership in the Association for Institutional Research. Cleo also held office as the national treasurer for the Association for Institutional Research.


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The collection of Dr. Cleo Moran reflects her eleven years involvement with the Commission on the Status of Women. President Keast appointed Dr. Moran to the Commission as a resource person in April 1971. President Wiliam R. Keast established the Commission on the Status of Women at Wayne State University in February of 1971. The Commission began to improve the role of women on campus through equity and equality in employment placement and promotion as well as to improve the dignity of women in many other areas of campus activities. Elected secretary at the outset of the organization, she served the Commission through 1974 as well as a member of its numerous committees.


Folders are listed by their location within each box. The entire collection is divided between three different series, with series two and three having two different subseries. Series I is comprised of organizational files from the Commission on the Status of Women. Series II is comprised of files on the Peters V. Wayne State lawsuit. As plaintiffs in the Peters v. Wayne State lawsuit, members of the Commission on the Status of Women sought to identify, and remedy economic injustices suffered by campus women. The suit challenged sex-biased periodic pension benefit tables used by TIAA-CREF. These paid less retirement benefits to women due to their greater longevity. In 1979, the Peters suit was tried in District Court; later, in 1982, the decision was overturned by the U.S. Court of Appeals. Details about the Peters litigation and related campus civil suits as well as those from California (Manhart v. City of Los Angeles, Dept. Of Water and Power) and New York (Spirit v. TIAA-CREF) are detailed and documented in Series II of the Cleo Moran collection. Also found in Series II are papers from seven women's groups arranged by topic and identified by source. Cleo Moran belonged to Project 6-15, the Women's Committee of the American Association of University Professors. No doubt she collected studies done by Women of Wayne, the Association of Faculty Women, Wayne Women's Liberation, the Faculty and Graduate Students Study Committee and the Association of Women Students. Actions of these groups directly related to the interest and work done by the Commission on the Status of Women. Likewise, Cleo was appointed to serve as a member of the Faculty Salary Committee which gathered data on wages from across the nation, evaluated this, and made recommendations that employee salaries be brought to equity. Series III is comprised of women’s organizations and publications. Located throughout Dr. Moran’s collection are numerous publications dealing with national and state legislation regarding women's issues as well as monographs, studies, plus organizational publications also specializing in women's topics and issues. These constitute the latter part of Series III.

Related Materials

Wayne State University President's Commission on the Status of Women Records.

Processing History

Processed and finding aid written by Katie Tapia-Lynch on July 24, 2019. Note: Former Wayne State University Archivist, Pat Barkowski, processed this collection in part and wrote much of a finding aid in the 1980s.
Guide to the Cleo Moran Papers
Processed by Katie Tapia-Lynch and Pat Barkowski.
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Repository Details

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