Scope and Content
Title: American Association of University Professors, Fresno Chapter Records,
Date (inclusive): 1957-1981
American Association of University Professors. Fresno Chapter
Extent: 5.25 linear inches
Henry Madden Library (California State University, Fresno).
Sanoian Special Collections Library.
The records were donated by George Raney in 1997.
The collection is open for research.
Copyright has been transferred to California State University, Fresno.
[Identification of item], American Association of University Professors, Fresno Chapter
Records, Sanoian Special Collections Library, California State University, Fresno.
The American Association of University Professors (AAUP) was formed in 1915 by university
professors and scholars. It emerged as the first national organization of its kind to
protect the interests of professors and research scholars in higher education. Later, the
national organization began to organize state and local chapters. Local chapters provided
faculty with easier access to the association and promoted their own issues with the
guidance of the national association.
The AAUP also worked with other organizations, such as the Congress of Faculty
Association (CFA), primarily in the area of collective bargaining.
Scope and Content
The Association of American University Professors (AAUP), Fresno Chapter records measure
5.25 linear inches and date from 1957 to 1981. The collection is arranged in two series:
Fresno chapter and State chapter.
Fresno chapter series (1957-1981) contains an array of
information relating to the monthly activities of the AAUP. The records of three past
presidents, William York, George Raney and John Barta, are included. The records contain
mostly routine correspondence with the state and national association. William York's
records contain letters about a complaint filed by Professor Chester Cole at the
university, when he was removed from his position as chairman of the Department of
At times membership was very low in the Fresno chapter. Membership rosters dating from
1957 to 1980 show this fluctuation. The financial records folder contains mostly
reimbursement requests for travel and other related organizational duties along with two
official financial reports.
Two constitutions of the national AAUP, and that of the California State University and
Colleges Council (CSUC) of the California Conference, AAUP, as well as AAUP handbooks,
are located in the Administrative files folder.
State chapter series (1965-1981) includes the records of
the annual and state conference meetings, which were held concurrently. The conference
provided an opportunity for members to discuss topics of interest. The main focus of the
1976 annual meeting was the exchange of letters between William W.Vann Alstyne, the
national AAUP president, and George Bush, director of the Central Intelligence Agency
(CIA). "The recent report of the Senate Select Committee on Foreign and Military
Intelligence has confirmed what was already published elsewhere: that the CIA has for
years covertly used academic institutions and employed academic persons in ways which
compromise institutional and professional integrity" (letter from Alstyne to Bush, May 4,
1976, State chapter, Meetings, State conference, 1975-1979).