Guide to the American Association of University Professors, Fresno Chapter Records, 1957-1981

Processed by Diana Bustamante; machine-readable finding aid created by James Lake
Sanoian Special Collections Library
California State University, Fresno
5200 North Barton Avenue M/S ML 34
Fresno, California 93740-8014
Phone: (559) 278-2595
Fax: (559) 278-6952
Email: specialc@listserv.csufresno.edu
URL: http://www.lib.csufresno.edu/SubjectResources/SpecialCollections
© 1998
California State University, Fresno. All rights reserved.

Guide to the American Association of University Professors, Fresno Chapter Records, 1957-1981

Sanoian Special Collections Library



Henry Madden Library

Fresno, California

Contact Information:

  • Sanoian Special Collections Library
  • California State University, Fresno
  • 5200 North Barton Avenue M/S ML 34
  • Fresno, California 93740-8014
  • Phone: (559) 278-2595
  • Fax: (559) 278-6952
  • Email: specialc@listserv.csufresno.edu
  • URL: http://www.lib.csufresno.edu/SubjectResources/SpecialCollections
Processed by:
Diana Bustamante
Date Completed:
1998
Encoded by:
James Lake
© 1998 California State University, Fresno. All rights reserved.

Descriptive Summary

Title: American Association of University Professors, Fresno Chapter Records,
Date (inclusive): 1957-1981
Creator: American Association of University Professors. Fresno Chapter
Extent: 5.25 linear inches
Repository: Henry Madden Library (California State University, Fresno).

Sanoian Special Collections Library.
Fresno, California
Language: English.

Administrative Information

Acquisition

The records were donated by George Raney in 1997.

Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research.

Publication Rights

Copyright has been transferred to California State University, Fresno.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], American Association of University Professors, Fresno Chapter Records, Sanoian Special Collections Library, California State University, Fresno.

Background

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.
The 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 Geography.
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.
The 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).

Related Collections

University Archives

  • Title: Chester Cole papers
    [closed until 25 years after donor's and former CSUF president Norman Baxter's deaths]

Container List

 

Fresno chapter

Box Box 1

Financial records, 1958-1978 and undated

 

Administrative files, 1973, 1977 and undated

 

Membership, 1957-1980

 

Meetings, 1968-1976

 

Congress of Faculty Association (CFA), 1980-1981

 

Past presidents' records

 

York, William, 1975-1976

 

Raney, George, 1976-1978

 

Barta, John, 1979-1980

 

Scholarship banquet, 1959, 1961-1963, 1965

 

State chapter

Box Box 1

Funding and budgeting, 1967-1976

 

Meetings

 

Annual, 1976-1979

 

California Conference & CSUC Council, 1975-1979

 

Newsletters and other mailings, 1965-1966, 1976-1981 (2 folders)