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AFT Great Lakes Regional Office Records

 Collection
Identifier: LR001796
The records cover organizing projects, collective bargaining campaigns, field director and staff meeting notes and minutes, AFT Executive Council meeting packets, mergers between AFT state offices or locals and National Education Association affiliates, and national, regional, and local conferences. Audiovisual materials include VHS tapes, audiocassettes, photographs and negatives. Files from former Midwest Regional Director Mark Chaykin’s work in other areas of the country are also included.

Dates

  • 1970 - 2004
  • Majority of material found within 1980 - 2002

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. 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.

Extent

53.25 Linear Feet (3MB, 52 SB)

Abstract

The American Federation of Teachers is a labor union representing primary and secondary school teachers, paraprofessionals, higher education faculty, professional staff, and nurses and other health care professionals. Regional offices fall under the auspices of the Department of Organizing and are responsible for organizing efforts and other assistance to local and state federations. The Great Lakes Region includes Illinois, Ohio, Michigan, Wisconsin, Minnesota, West Virginia, and Indiana. The Great Lakes Region was once part of the Midwest Region, and records from that office are also included. The Midwest region included Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, and South Dakota. The records cover organizing projects, collective bargaining campaigns, field director and staff meeting notes and minutes, AFT Executive Council meeting packets, mergers between AFT state offices or locals and National Education Association affiliates, and national, regional, and local conferences. Audiovisual materials include VHS tapes, audiocassettes, photographs and negatives. Files from former Midwest Regional Director Mark Chaykin’s work in other areas of the country are also included.

History

The American Federation of Teachers is a labor union representing primary and secondary school teachers, paraprofessionals, higher education faculty, professional staff, and nurses and other health care professionals. Regional offices fall under the auspices of the Department of Organizing and are responsible for organizing efforts and other assistance to local and state federations. The Great Lakes Region includes Illinois, Ohio, Michigan, Wisconsin, Minnesota, West Virginia, and Indiana. The Great Lakes Region was once part of the Midwest Region, and records from that office are also included. The Midwest region included Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, and South Dakota.

Arrangement

The collection is arranged into 3 series.

Folders in each series are simply listed by their location within each box. They are not arranged, so any given subject may be dispersed throughout several boxes within each series.

Series 1: Midwest Regional Office Director Mark Chaykin Files, 1980-1990 (Box 1-24) Series 2: Regional Office Files, 1970-2004 (Box 24-52) Series 3: Audiovisual Material, 1986-1998 (Box 53-55)

Acquisition

The AFT Great Lakes Regional Office Records came to the Reuther Library in multiple shipments in 1992, 1997, 2003, and 2006. The Reuther Library is the official repository of the American Federation of Teachers.

Related Materials

AFT Secretary-Treasurer’s Office Records, AFT President's Office 1960-1974, AFT President's Office: Shanker

Transfers

VHS and audiocassette tapes and photographic negatives (Boxes 54-55) were transferred to the Reuther’s AV Department.

Processing History

Processed and finding aid written by Stefanie Caloia on February 5, 2016.
Title
Guide to the AFT Great Lakes Regional Office Records
Status
completed
Author
Processed by Stefanie Caloia.
Date
February 5, 2016
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English

Repository Details

Part of the Walter P. Reuther Library Repository

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