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Robert Nielsen Papers

 Collection
Identifier: LP001828
Series 1 is composed of Dr. Nielsen’s calendars, correspondence and notes. The correspondence range from administrative memos, organizing strategies and ideas for articles. Notes contain handwritten ideas, diary entries, meeting minutes, theoretical ideas on philosophy and mathematics. He used these notebooks for business as well, tracking on where to be and people’s phone numbers. Also they account for meeting minutes, ideas for the AFT and what he thought of various individuals in the AFT and AAUP. The notes were also his diaries on his life battling alcohol, relationships with his family as well as his ideas on life itself.

Series 2 are the materials that encompass any organizing drive. They are correspondence, meeting minutes, surveys, flyers and newsletters. Here is perfect examples of how the AFT ran organizing campaigns during this time period, either as sole organizing union or joint organizing with the AAUP.

Series 3 are Dr. Nielsen’s publications which cover collective bargaining in higher education, mathematics as well as issues facing higher education, especially the corporation of the public higher education.

Series 4 subject matters for research to specific organizations.

Dates

  • 1967 - 1993
  • Majority of material found within 1976 - 1983

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

5.5 Linear Feet (11 MB)

Abstract

Dr. Robert M. Nielsen was born in Nebraska in 1933. Dr. Nielsen became a professor of mathematics at the University of Delaware. In the late 1960s he was the co-founder of the AFT local for faculty at the university and was president from 1969-1973. In 1973 Nielsen became director of the AFT’s colleges and universities department in which he took both aspects of academic professionalism and union professionalism into creating a strong and viable department within the AFT. Dr. Nielsen was promoted to assistant to the president for higher education in July 1979. He had a regular column in the American Teacher as well as in the AFT’s publication specifically for members in higher education called On Campus. During his tenure at the AFT Dr. Nielsen played a vital role in organizing new higher education locals within the AFT and brokered joint organizing campaigns with the American Association of University Professors. From 1989-1990, he was a visiting professor at the University of Texas – Austin as a consultant to the Carnegie Foundation Mathematics Quality Education for Minorities Project.

He retired from the AFT in 1991 to work on developing better mathematical education reform. Dr. Nielsen died of cancer in February 2002.

History

Dr. Robert M. Nielsen was born in Nebraska in 1933. Dr. Nielsen became a professor of mathematics at the University of Delaware. In the late 1960s he was the co-founder of the AFT local for faculty at the university and was president from 1969-1973. In 1973 Nielsen became director of the AFT’s colleges and universities department in which he took both aspects of academic professionalism and union professionalism into creating a strong and viable department within the AFT. Dr. Nielsen was promoted to assistant to the president for higher education in July 1979. He had a regular column in the American Teacher as well as in the AFT’s publication specifically for members in higher education called On Campus. During his tenure at the AFT Dr. Nielsen played a vital role in organizing new higher education locals within the AFT and brokered joint organizing campaigns with the American Association of University Professors. From 1989-1990, he was a visiting professor at the University of Texas – Austin as a consultant to the Carnegie Foundation Mathematics Quality Education for Minorities Project.

He retired from the AFT in 1991 to work on developing better mathematical education reform. Dr. Nielsen died of cancer in February 2002.

Arrangement

Arranged in 4 series – Series 1 (Boxes 1-5), Series 2 (Boxes 5-7), Series 3 (Boxes 7-9) and Series 4 (Boxes 9-11). Folders are arranged Alphabetical/Chronological.

Acquisition

December, 22 2003.

Related Materials

Ray Howe Papers, Oregon Federation of Teachers Records, AFT President’s Office: Albert Shanker Records, AFT President’s office: Al Lowenthal Records.

Processing History

Processed and finding aid written by Daniel Golodner on January 24, 2014.
Title
Guide to the Robert Nielsen Papers
Status
completed
Author
Processed by Daniel Golodner.
Date
2014-01-24
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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