Federation of Teachers Collection
includes the papers former CFT officials Raoul
Teilhet, Regional Director, CFT Southern Section; Ben Rust, CFT President 1951-1957; and
Ralph Schloming, CFT Executive Secretary 1959-1965. The collection consists primarily of
administrative and organizational records that document the activities of the union from
1941 to 1986, as well as major legislative issues and general subject matters affecting
The California Federation of Teachers (CFT) is one of the largest affiliates of the
American Federation of Teachers (AFT), one of two major national organizations for the
classroom teacher. Effective lobbying efforts in the state capital have made the CFT an
important factor in the passage of many educational reform measures as initiatives. The
roots of the organization reach back to 1919 when it was founded as the California State
Federation of Teachers (CSFT). Its initial purpose was to unify the various educational
union locals under AFT aegis to represent teacher interests within local school districts
and to provide a central collective voice for classroom teachers throughout the state.
Copyright for unpublished materials authored or otherwise produced by the creator(s) of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.
The collection is open for research use.