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Guide to the California Retired Teachers Association Records MS 190
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  • Title: California Retired Teachers Association Records
    Identifier/Call Number: MS 190
    Contributing Institution: San Diego History Center Document Collection
    Language of Material: English
    Physical Description: 0.75 Linear feet (2 boxes)
    Date (inclusive): 1941-1974
    Abstract: This collection contains items pertaining to the California Retired Teachers Association and its San Diego-Imperial Counties Division, which lobbied to protect the incomes of retired teachers. Highlights include administrative information, meeting minutes, and letters to political figures.
    creator: California Retired Teachers' Association.

    Biographical / Historical Notes

    The California Retired Teachers Association (CRTA) was founded in Los Angeles in 1929 by a group of retired school teachers. Its first president was Laura Settle, who traveled throughout the state organizing local divisions. The San Diego-Imperial County Division was formed in 1933 with 67 members, and quickly grew to 500 members by 1958. According to its constitution, the objective of CRTA and its San Diego-Imperial chapter was “to promote the welfare and social relationships of its members, to work at all times to safeguard the public schoolteachers’ retirement salary, and promote the interests of public school teachers.” Members of the San Diego division met on a regular basis, during which they discussed recent legislature and drafted correspondence to state and federal officials in attempts to stop cuts to teachers’ retirement incomes. They attended CRTA Annual Conventions and were active in political activities for the purpose of safeguarding retired teachers’ salaries. The Association also helped to locate affordable housing and other services that would support retired teachers.

    Scope and Content

    The items in the collection pertain to the California Retired Teachers Association and its San Diego-Imperial Counties Division. Included are history, by-laws and articles of incorporation, legislative reports, meeting minutes, financial and committee reports, and correspondence with government and political officials.


    The collection is arranged into three series:
    Series I: California Retired Teachers Association (CRTA)
    Series II: CRTA San Diego-Imperial Counties Division
    Series III: Miscellanea
    Items in each series are arranged by subject.

    Conditions Governing Access

    This collection is open for research.

    Conditions Governing Use

    The San Diego History Center (SDHC) holds the copyright to any unpublished materials. SDHC Library regulations do apply.

    Processing Information

    Collection processed by Jennifer Ho on November 21, 2011.
    Collection processed as part of grant project supported by the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) with generous funding from The Andrew Mellon Foundation.

    Preferred Citation

    California Retired Teachers Association Records, MS 190, San Diego History Center Document Collection, San Diego, CA.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Alward, Vere
    Andrus, Ethel Percy
    California Retired Teachers' Association.
    Hawley, Olive
    Settle, Laura
    Vaughn, Adah
    Imperial County (Calif.)
    Retired teachers
    San Diego (Calif.)