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Arthur Elder Papers

 Collection
Identifier: LP000075
The collection contains correspondence, reports, and a scrapbook relating to the AFL and education from 1941 to 1949, as well as correspondence, reports, resolutions, studies, hearings, and clippings pertaining to the American Federation of Teachers from 1934 to 1950, the Michigan Federation of Teachers from 1937 to 1949, and the Detroit Federation of Teachers from 1921 to 1951. It also contains correspondence relating to the organizing efforts of the MFT from 1939 to 1953, and to the dismissal of teachers in the Flint area from 1937 to 1949. Further materials include correspondence, clippings, and documents pertaining to the Workers Education Service from 1936 to 1948, and miscellaneous office files.

Series 1: Correspondence, reports and scrapbook relating to the AFL and education, 1941-1949.

Series 2: Correspondence, reports, resolutions and hearings pertaining to the AFT, 1934-1950.

Series 3: Correspondence, studies, resolutions, clippings and hearings relating to the MFT, 1937-1949.

Series 4: Correspondence, clippings and bulletins concerning the DFT. Also minutes for the Detroit Federation of Labor, 1921-1951.

Series 5: Correspondence dealing with the dismissal of teachers in the Flint area for their support of the GM sit-downers, 1937-1949.

Series 6: Correspondence with MFT groups in various Michigan cities. Pertaining mainly to organizing efforts. 1939-1953.

Series 7: Miscellaneous office files dealing with such subjects as retirement, taxation and salaries, 1937-1949.

Series 8: Correspondence, clippings and documents relating to the workers education service from 1936 to 1948.

Among the correspondents are: Albert Einstien Mark Starr Frank Martel Norman Thomas Frank Murphy Arthur Vandenberg

Important subjects covered are: History of the American Federation of Teachers The AFT and the Communist issue New York City teacher's dispute Federal aid to education Flint, Michigan dismissal cases Tenure for teachers The Workers' Education Service

Dates

  • 1921 - 1953
  • Majority of material found within 1940 - 1949

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

10 Linear Feet (20 MB)

Overview

The collection contains correspondence, reports, and a scrapbook relating to the AFL and education from 1941 to 1949, as well as correspondence, reports, resolutions, studies, hearings, and clippings pertaining to the American Federation of Teachers from 1934 to 1950, the Michigan Federation of Teachers from 1937 to 1949, and the Detroit Federation of Teachers from 1921 to 1951. It also contains correspondence relating to the organizing efforts of the MFT from 1939 to 1953, and to the dismissal of teachers in the Flint area from 1937 to 1949. Further materials include correspondence, clippings, and documents pertaining to the Workers Education Service from 1936 to 1948, and miscellaneous office files. The materials were collected by Mr. Elder, who served as vice-president of the AFT, president and secretary of the Michigan and Detroit federations, and director of the University of Michigan Workers Education Service. Subjects include AFT and the communist issue, history of the AFT, federal aid to education, New York City teachers' dispute, tenure for teachers, and the termination of the U of M Workers Education Service. Among the correspondents are Frank Martel, Frank Murphy, Mark Starr, Norman Thomas, and Arthur Vandenberg.

History

Arthur Elder was a Detroiter active in the labor movement and particularly concerned with the AFL affiliate, the American Federation of Teachers. He served as vice-president of the AFT and president and secretary of the Michigan and Detroit federations. Elder was also director of the University of Michigan Workers Education Service. His dismissal from this post, in 1948, produced a controversy over the influence of General Motors in Michigan and University politics.

Arrangement of the Collection

The collection is arranged into 8 series with a total of 20 boxes.

Series List

  1. Series 1, Box 1. Arranged chronologically.
  2. Series 2, Boxes 2-10. Arranged by subject.
  3. Series 3, Boxes 10-12. Arranged by subject.
  4. Series 4, Box 12. Arranged by subject.
  5. Series 5, Box 13
  6. Series 6, Box 14. Arranged by cities.
  7. Series 7, Boxes 15-18. Arranged by subject.=
  8. Series 8, Boxes 19-20

Processing History

Processed and finding aid written by PB in August, 1965.
Title
Guide to the Arthur Elder Papers
Status
completed
Author
Processed by PB; encoded by Julia Teran
Date
1965-08
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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