Inventory of the Arthur K. Bierman Papers, 1959 - 1969

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San Francisco State University. All rights reserved.

Inventory of the Arthur K. Bierman Papers, 1959 - 1969

Accession number: 1991/026

Labor Archives & Research Center



San Francisco State University

San Francisco, California

Contact Information:

  • Labor Archives & Research Center
  • San Francisco State University
  • 480 Winston Drive
  • San Francisco, California 94132
  • Phone: (415) 564-4010
  • Fax: (415) 564-3606
  • Email: larc@sfsu.edu
  • URL: http://www.library.sfsu.edu/special/larc.html
Processed by:
The Labor Archives & Research Center staff
Encoded by:
Xiuzhi Zhou
© 1999 San Francisco State University. All rights reserved.

Descriptive Summary

Title: Arthur K. Bierman Papers,
Date (inclusive): 1959 - 1969
Accession number: 1991/026
Creator: Bierman, Arthur K.
Extent: 1.75 cubic feet
Repository: San Francisco State University. Labor Archives & Research Center
San Francisco, California 94132
Shelf location: For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the Center's online catalog.
Language: English.

Administrative Information

Access

Collection is open for research.

Publication Rights

Copyright has not been assigned to the Labor Archives & Research Center. All requests for permission to publish or quote from materials must be submitted in writing to the Director of the Archives. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Labor Archives & Research Center 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], Arthur K. Bierman Papers, 1991/026, Labor Archives & Research Center, San Francisco State University.

Introduction

San Francisco State University Professor Arthur K. Bierman donated this collection to the Labor Archives and Research Center in 1991. This collection covers his activities for the years 1959 through 1969 and includes Bierman's early organizing for the American Federation of Teachers (AFT), his work to abolish the House Committee on Un-American Activities (HUAC), and other efforts in the field of civil liberties. It precedes and supplements the chronological scope of an earlier collection donated in 1986 which reflected the activities of an AFT organizer over the period 1966-1984 (Acc. #1986/2).

History

This material was collected during a very turbulent period in San Francisco history. It covers the proposed visit of the House Committee on Un-American Activities (HUAC) in 1959 when 140 California teachers were subpoenaed. (This hearing was later postponed and ultimately canceled.) Bierman was instrumental in forming a group called San Franciscans for Academic Freedom and Education (SAFE) to protect the civil rights of the subpoenaed teachers. The following year, in May 1960, HUAC again focused on California and held hearings at San Francisco City Hall which provoked mass opposition from students, teachers and other groups who demonstrated at City Hall. The Committee limited attendance at the hearings by issuing passes; on the second day, the demonstrators were attacked with water hoses and the resulting riot was a dramatic beginning of the 1960s, a forerunner of the student "Free Speech" movement and the anti-Vietnam War protests which followed.
Bierman collected material reflecting the acceleration of opposition to HUAC following the 1960 City Hall riots. Its goal was abolition of HUAC. His participation is recorded as a member of many different groups, and his name appears on public petitions. There are also papers from other campaigns for civil liberties from the early 1960s: Californians Against State Executions (1960-1961); an ad opposing Richard Nixon's campaign for California governor (1962); support to Pacifica Foundation (KPFA), an investigative target of the Senate Internal Security Subcommittee (1963), and support to victims given harsh sentences in the San Francisco sit-in trials (1964).
Bierman's papers on union organizing on California State University campuses include the major issues of collective bargaining for teachers, the organizing of state college professors, studies on teachers' salaries, and academic freedom. The focus of the collection is the organizing of San Francisco State College Federation of Teachers, Local 1352. There is additional material from the AFT State College Council which reflects organizing activity throughout the state college system during that time.

Scope and Content

The bulk of this collection of the personal papers of Arthur K. Bierman is divided into two major series: 1) American Federation of Teachers, and 2) Anti-HUAC Activities. The AFT material is focused primarily on organizing activities in Local 1352, San Francisco State College Federation of Teachers, and includes a draft constitution, correspondence, circular letters, a membership list, and various faculty lists. There is printed material and publications generated by the California Federation of Teachers and two files of clippings--one covering collective bargaining rights for teachers.
There is one folder with printed material and a publication from the Association of California State College Professors.
The second major series is Anti-HUAC Activities. Seven folders constitute the records of SAFE, including correspondence, fund raising actions, bank statements, mailing lists, and a survey made of subpoenaed teachers which includes interviews on the effect this action had on their careers. Five folders contain Bierman's activities with other anti-HUAC groups-- correspondence, drafts of articles and reports, and his participation in collecting signatures for petitions. Three folders contain printed material from these groups. There are two folders on films: HUAC's "Operation Abolition," and a proposed video series for PBS titled "The Vocal Generation" (not produced). Bierman collected a large quantity of clippings and these are arranged chronologically, covering the years 1959-66.
The final series contains folders on other civil liberties campaigns in which Bierman participated concurrently with his anti-HUAC activities.

Additional Information

Material Cataloged Separately

The following title was transferred to the book collection of the Labor Archives and Research Center:
  • President's Commission On Campus Unrest. The Report of the President's Commission on Campus Unrest. Washington: GPO, 1970.

Related Collections

For further papers pertaining to Arthur K. Bierman, see descriptive guide for Arthur K. Bierman Papers, Accession No. 1986/2. The Archive also has an oral history interview with Arthur K. Bierman on the San Francisco State College Faculty Strike conducted by Peter Carroll, 1992.

Container List

 

Series I American Federation of Teachers (AFT)

Box-folder 1/1

S.F. State College Fed. of Teachers - Constitution 1963

Box-folder 1/2

S.F. State College Fed. of Teachers 1961-1962

Box-folder 1/3

S.F. State College Fed. of Teachers 1963

Box-folder 1/4

S.F. State College Fed. of Teachers 1964

Box-folder 1/5

S.F. State College Fed. of Teachers 1965

Box-folder 1/6

S.F. State College Fed. of Teachers 1966

Box-folder 1/7

S.F. State College Fed. of Teachers 1967-1969

Box-folder 1/8

S.F. State College Fed. of Teachers - Faculty 1959-1968

Box-folder 1/9

S.F. State College Fed. of Teachers - Membership

Box-folder 1/10

California Fed. of Teachers - College Council 1964-1966

Box-folder 1/11

California Fed. of Teachers - Publication: Sacramento Bulletin 1963-1964

Box-folder 1/12

California Fed. of Teachers - General 1961-1966

Box-folder 1/13

Academic Freedom, articles, statements 1956-1963

Box-folder 1/14

Liberman for AFT President 1961-1962

Box-folder 2/1

Clippings 1962-1966

Box-folder 2/2

Clippings, Collective Bargaining 1959-1965

 

Series II Association of California State College Professors (ACSCP)

Box-folder 2/3

Ass'n. of California State College Professors 1963-1966

 

Series III Anti-huac Activities

Box-folder 2/4

SAFE (San Franciscans for Academic Freedom in Education) 1959

Box-folder 2/5

SAFE 1959-1960

Box-folder 2/6

SAFE - Finances 1959-1962

Box-folder 2/7

SAFE - "Ideas" 1959-1960

Box-folder 2/8

SAFE - Labor Response 1959

Box-folder 2/9

SAFE - Mailing Lists

Box-folder 2/10

SAFE - Survey of Subpoenaed Teachers 1959

Box-folder 3/1

Correspondence, Petitions, Drafts 1960

Box-folder 3/2

Correspondence, Petitions, Drafts 1960

Box-folder 3/3

Correspondence, Petitions, Drafts 1961

Box-folder 3/4

Correspondence, Petitions, Drafts 1962

Box-folder 3/5

Correspondence, Petitions, Drafts 1963-1967

Box-folder 3/6

Film--"Operation Abolition" 1960

Box-folder 3/7

Film--"The Vocal Generation," Proposed KQED/PBS Series 1960

Box-folder 3/8

Meisenbach Case 1961

Box-folder 3/9

Pamphlets & Printed Materials 1958-1959

Box-folder 3/10

Pamphlets & Printed Materials 1960-1961

Box-folder 3/11

Pamphlets & Printed Materials 1962-1967

Box-folder 3/12

Pamphlet--"Collection of Editorials & Resolutions" 1960-1961

Box-folder 4/1

Clippings 1959

Box-folder 4/2

Clippings 1960

Box-folder 4/3

Clippings 1960

Box-folder 4/4

Clippings 1961

Box-folder 4/5

Clippings 1962-1966

 

Series IV Civil Liberties

Box-folder 4/6

Californians Against State Executions (CASE) 1960-1961

Box-folder 4/7

Nixon for Governor, Ad Protesting His Attack on 5th Amendment 1962

Box-folder 4/8

Investigation of Pacifica Foundation by Senate Internal Security Subcommittee 1963

Box-folder 4/9

Sit-In Trials 1964