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Finding Aid for the Abraham Abbott Kaplan Papers, 1947-1966
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  • Administrative Information
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  • Organization and Arrangement
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Abraham Abbott Kaplan Papers,
    Date (inclusive): 1947-1966
    Collection number: 1023
    Creator: Kaplan, Abraham Abbott, 1912-
    Extent: 3 boxes (1.5 linear ft.)
    Repository: University of California, Los Angeles. Library. Department of Special Collections.
    Los Angeles, California 90095-1575
    Abstract: 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.
    Physical location: Stored off-site at SRLF. Advance notice is required for access to the collection. Please contact the UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections Reference Desk for paging information.
    Language: English.

    Administrative Information

    Restrictions on Use and Reproduction

    Property rights to the physical object belong to the UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections. Literary rights, including copyright, are retained by the creators and their heirs. It is the responsibility of the researcher to determine who holds the copyright and pursue the copyright owner or his or her heir for permission to publish where The UC Regents do not hold the copyright.

    Restrictions on Access

    COLLECTION STORED OFF-SITE AT SRLF: Advance notice required for access.

    Additional Physical Form Available

    A copy of the original version of this online finding aid is available at the UCLA Department of Special Collections for in-house consultation and may be obtained for a fee. Please contact:
    • Public Services Division
    • UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections
    • Room A1713, Charles E. Young Research Library
    • Box 951575
    • Los Angeles, CA 90095-1575
    • Telephone: 310/825-4988 (10:00 a.m. - 4:45 p.m., Pacific Time)
    • Email: spec-coll@library.ucla.edu

    Provenance/Source of Acquisition

    Gift of Professor Abbott Kaplan, 1967.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Abraham Abbott Kaplan Papers (Collection 1023). Department of Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, University of California, Los Angeles.

    UCLA Catalog Record ID

    UCLA Catalog Record ID: 1972956 


    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.

    Scope and Content

    Collection consists of transcripts and printed materials relating to labor disputes, mainly in Southern California, in which UCLA Professor Abbott Kaplan acted as arbitrator. Industrial disputes (listed alphabetically in the finding aid) include Douglas Aircraft and the IAMAW, California Electric power and IBEW, the Ferro corporation and the Allied appliance workers, and Union Steel Company and the U.S.W.

    Organization and Arrangement

    Arranged in the following series:
    1. 1947-58 (Box 1).
    2. 1960-65 (Box 2).
    3. 1965-66 (Box 3).

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
    Kaplan, Abraham Abbott, 1912- --Archives.
    University of California, Los Angeles--Institute of Industrial Relations--Officials and employees--Archives.
    University of California (System)--University Extension--Faculty--Archives.
    Arbitrators, industrial--California, Southern--Archives.