Los Angeles Teachers Union Collection, 1933-1982

Processed by Patricia Martinez and Julia B. Bazar
Southern California Library for Social Studies and Research
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Los Angeles, CA 90044
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Southern California Library for Social Studies and Research. All rights reserved.

Register of the Los Angeles Teachers Union Collection, 1925-1982

Collection number: MSS 047

Southern California Library for Social Studies and Research



Los Angeles, California

Contact Information:

  • Southern California Library for Social Studies and Research
  • 6120 South Vermont Avenue
  • Los Angeles, CA 90044
  • Phone: (323) 759-6063
  • Fax: (323) 759-2252
  • Email: archives@socallib.org
  • URL: http://www.socallib.org/
Processed by:
Patricia Martinez and Julia B. Bazar
Date Completed:
Nov. 2000
Encoded by:
Julia Bazar
© 2000 Southern California Library for Social Studies and Research. All rights reserved.

Descriptive Summary

Title: Los Angeles Teachers Union Collection,
Date (inclusive): 1925-1982
Collection number: MSS 047
Extent: 2 boxes

1 linear foot
Repository: Southern California Library for Social Studies and Research
Los Angeles, CA 90044
Abstract: Materials pertaining to the Los Angeles Federation of Teachers and its activities primarily during the 1940s and 1950s.
Language: English.

Administrative Information

Provenance

This collection was compiled from materials found at the Library.

Access

The collection is available for research only at the Library's facility in Los Angeles. The Library is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday. Researchers are encouraged to call or email the Library indicating the nature of their research query prior to making a visit.

Publication Rights

Copyright has not been assigned to the Southern California Library for Social Studies and Research. Researchers may make single copies of any portion of the collection, but publication from the collection will be allowed only with the express written permission of the Library's director. It is not necessary to obtain written permission to quote from a collection. When the Southern California Library for Social Studies and Research gives permission for publication, it is as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the reader.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Los Angeles Teachers Union Collection, Southern California Library for Social Studies and Research, Los Angeles, California.

Organizational History

The Los Angeles Teachers Union Collection is a found collection that appears to be materials collected by the Los Angeles Federation of Teachers or one of its officers.
The Los Angeles Federation of Teachers [LAFT] was founded in the 1930's as Local 430 of the American Federation of Teachers, CIO [AFT]. During the McCarthy Era, the LAFT was expelled from the AFT for being too radical or "communist controlled." Several members of the union were later blacklisted including the long-time vice president, Abe Minkus, and newsletter editor Frances Eisenberg.

Scope and Content

This collection contains periodicals, clippings, and subject files. Most of the material relates to the blacklisting of its members during the McCarthy Era. There are no minutes or official union documents in the collection, except for an incomplete run of its newsletter, The Los Angeles Teacher, and one notebook of notes from meetings of the Teachers' Defense Committee.

Arrangement

The collection is divided into two series: 1. Subject Files, and 2. Periodicals.

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Date: 1953-1955
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Date: 1986
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Physical Description: 1 folder

Collection Contents

 

Series 1. Subject Files, 1925-1982, n.d.

Physical Description: 11 folders

Scope and Content Note

This series contains hearing transcripts, handwritten notes, correspondence, photocopies, legal documents, and clippings. Of special note is the photocopy of the transcripts from the Canoga Park High School Hearing on the "subversive" tendencies of teachers Blanche Bettington and Frances Eisenberg, and the Teachers' Defense Committee Meeting Notes.
Box-folder 1/1

Los Angeles Federation of Teachers, 1948-1957, n.d.

Box-folder 1/2

Canoga Park High School Hearing - Blanche Bettington and Frances Eisenberg, 1946

Box-folder 1/3

Dilworth Act, 1955, 1959

Box-folder 1/4

Michael Kiwolsky - Handwritten Notes [by Minkus?], n.d.

Box-folder 1/5

Florence Sloat - Suspension, 1959, 1962, n.d.

Box-folder 1/6-1/7

Teachers' Defense Committee

Box-folder 1/6

1954-1959

Box-folder 1/7

Meeting Notes, 1959-1960

Box-folder 1/8

UNESCO, 1925, 1952-1953, n.d.

Box-folder 1/9-2/1

Clippings

Box-folder 1/9

1933, 1947-1959

Box-folder 1/10

1961-1982

Box-folder 2/1

n.d.

 

Series 2. Periodicals, 1939-1980

Physical Description: 5 folders

Scope and Content Note

This series includes an incomplete run of the LAFT's newsletter, The Los Angeles Teacher (1946-1956), and the earlier (and later) The Union Teacher. Also included are publications of the California Teachers Association, the American Civil Liberties Union, and others. The Miscellaneous Periodicals folder includes copies of The Nation, and publications of the NEA [National Educational Association], the Federation against Test Oath Legislation, the Affiliated Teacher Organizations of Los Angeles [ATOLA], the Humanists, and the like.
Box-folder 2/2

The California Teacher [California Federation of Teachers], 1954

Box-folder 2/3

The Los Angeles Teacher [Los Angeles Federation of Teachers, Local 430] -- incomplete run, 1946-1956

Box-folder 2/4

The Open Forum [American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California], 1954, 1959

Box-folder 2/5

The Union Teacher [Los Angeles American Federation of Teachers] -- scattered issues, 1939-1961

Box-folder 2/6

Miscellaneous Publications, 1951-1980