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Guide to the Affiliated Teacher Organizations of Los Angeles Collection, 1944-1972
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  • Overview of the Collection
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  • Access Terms
  • Administrative Information
  • Scope and Contents

  • Overview of the Collection

    Collection Title: Affiliated Teacher Organizations of Los Angeles Collection
    Dates: 1944-1972
    Bulk Dates: 1952-1972
    Identification: URB/ATOLA
    Creator: Affiliated Teacher Organizations of Los Angeles Collection
    Physical Description: 2.09 linear feet
    Language of Materials: English
    Repository: Urban Archives
    Abstract: The Affiliated Teacher Organizations of Los Angeles Collection documents the teaching career of Harold Corbin, as well as political and social issues relevant to education in the greater Los Angeles Area, from 1944 through 1972. The organizations represented in this collection include: the Association of Classroom Teachers, Los Angeles, the American Federation of Teachers, the Affiliated Teachers of Los Angeles, the California Teachers Association, the Los Angeles Teachers Association, the Los Angeles Unified School District, the National Education Association, North Hollywood High School, the Professional Educators of Los Angeles, the Secondary Teachers Organization of Los Angeles, and United Teachers Los Angeles.

    Historical Note:

    Harold Corbin began his teaching career as a Physics, Chemistry, and Math teacher at North Hollywood High School in 1933. Corbin earned permanent status with the Los Angeles Unified School District in 1939. Numerous teacher organizations existed in Los Angeles in the 1930s. Over time, these disparate groups joined together to form a federation called the Affiliated Teacher Organizations of Los Angeles (ATOLA).
    Corbin joined ATOLA during the 1946-1947 academic year. He was Vice-President of the organization for three years and served as a delegate to many conventions. He was also a member of the Merger Committee, responsible for writing the proposal to combine the LATA and ATOLA. The Associated Classroom Teachers of Los Angeles (ACTLA) was a by-product of these initial merger attempts. In 1970, ACTLA and AFT Local 1021 merged, there being a National Education Association (NEA)/California Teachers Association (CTA) local and an AFT/California Federation of Teachers (CFT) local.
    Seventy-five percent of ATOLA’s members were classroom teachers. Its policy-making and governing body was the Representative Council, consisting of one representative for each 100 members in a department. All certified personnel, regardless of position, were united as members of the teaching profession through this Council. ATOLA’s Board of Directors, selected by the Representative Council, was responsible for the organization’s administrative functions. The structure resembled that of the Los Angeles school system, where unity and diversity were (and continue to be) important attributes.
    ATOLA combined six affiliated associations under a federation-type organization. The Affiliation also maintained direct relations with fourteen or more autonomous organizations representing various professional levels and interests in the Los Angeles Unified School District. The primary mission of ATOLA was to advance and raise the standards for the general welfare of schools and teaching profession, as well as to promote cooperation and understanding between the teaching profession and the community.

    Access Terms

    This Collection is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.

    Corporate Name:

    Affiliated Teachers Organizations of Los Angeles
    American Federation of Teachers
    Los Angeles Teachers Association
    United Teachers Los Angeles

    Genre/Form of Material:

    Audio recordings
    Paper records

    Personal Name:

    Corbin, Harold

    Topical Term:

    Strikes and lockouts -- Teachers -- California -- Los Angeles
    Teachers' unions -- California -- Los Angeles

    Administrative Information

    Processing Information:

    Robert G. Marshall and Elda I. Arrieta, October 1991

    Conditions Governing Use:

    Copyright for unpublished materials authored or otherwise produced by the creator(s) of this collection has not been transferred to California State University, Northridge. Copyright status for other materials is unknown. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.) beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owners. Works not in the public domain cannot be commercially exploited without permission of the copyright owners. Responsibility for any use rests exclusively with the user.

    Conditions Governing Access:

    The collection is open for research use.

    Preferred Citation:

    For information about citing items in this collection consult the appropriate style manual, or see the Citing Archival Materials  guide.

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    Scope and Contents

    This collection consists of organizational documents, reports, newsletters and newspapers, correspondence, union negotiation records, audio recordings and ephemera related to the teaching career and professional life of Harold Corbin. The collection is especially conducive to the study of teacher organizations, unions, and the merging of education related groups. This collection consists of a subject file sorted alphabetically according to the professional organization which created the records.