Abraham Abbott Kaplan (1912-1980) was a lecturer in labor economics, author of several books, and an arbitrator in industrial
disputes. He also worked for the UCLA Institute of Industrial Relations extension service, the UC University Extension, the
Department of Theater Arts, Suny Purchase, and the UCLA Graduate School of Management. The collection consists of transcripts
and printed materials relating to labor disputes, mainly in Southern California, in which Abbott Kaplan acted as an arbitrator.
Kaplan was born on January 12, 1912 in New York City; BS and MA in history, and Ph.D in adult education from Columbia University;
B.J.A. from the Jewish Theological Seminary; became high school teacher, principal, then director of adult education for the
Springfield, Massachusetts public school system; became lecturer in labor economics and head of the UCLA Institute of Industrial
Relations extension service in 1946; then served as assistant director and associate director until 1957; worked as associate
director, director, and statewide associate dean of UC University Extension in 1966, while serving as professor of adult education
in the UCLA School of Education; with William Melnitz, founded UCLA's professional theater group; became associate dean and
professor of theater arts; became president of Suny Purchase in 1967; at 65 returned to UCLA to join the Graduate School of
Management as a visiting professor; was frequently an arbitrator in industrial disputes; author of several books, including
Making grievances procedures work: the Southern California experience (1950) and Study-discussion in the liberal arts (1960); he died on July 13, 1980.
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