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Theodore "Ted" R. Ellsworth Collection

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Abstract

Biographical Note

Scope and Contents

Administrative Information

Detailed Description

Manuscripts, Speeches, and Personal Papers

Unions, Health Plan Administration, and Consulting

Conferences, Training, and Workshops

Arbitration

Aging



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Theodore "Ted" R. Ellsworth Collection, 1878-2009 | Special Collections & Archives

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Collection Overview

Title: Theodore "Ted" R. Ellsworth Collection, 1878-2009Save to your list.

Predominant Dates:1950-1990

ID: URB/TRE

Primary Creator: Ellsworth, Theodore R. (1906-1996)

Extent: 5.29 Linear Feet

Arrangement:

Series I: Manuscripts, Speeches, and Personal Papers, 1878-2009

Series II: Unions, Health Plan Administration, and Consulting, 1954-1996

Series III: Conferences, Training, and Workshops, 1948-1994

Series IV: Arbitration, 1972-1988

Series V: Aging, 1938-1995

Date Acquired: 07/29/2009. More info below under Accruals.

Subjects: Aging - Government policy - United States, California, Citizens' Advisory Committee on Aging, California Commission on Aging, Health Insurance, Health Planning - Citizen participation, Malpractice insurance - California, Medicare - Administration, Social security, Southern California Association of Benefit Plan Administrators, United States. Congress. House. Committee on Education and Labor. General Subcommittee on Education, University of California, Los Angeles. Institute of Industrial Relations

Forms of Material: Paper records, Photographic material, Publications

Languages: English

Abstract

Ted Ellsworth's activities as a health plan administrator and consultant, union representative and labor management arbitrator, educator, and activist for the aging ranged over a period of more than 45 years. The Ellsworth Collection documents his consulting and efforts on behalf of AB-1 on malpractice, his activities while affiliated with UCLA, transcripts of arbitration cases, and correspondence to and from Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr., Senator Pete Wilson, Congressmen Harry Waxman, Anthony Beilenson, and Hilary Clinton regarding changes to social security and Medicare.

Biographical Note

Theodore "Ted" Roosevelt Ellsworth’s activities as a health plan administrator and consultant, union representative, labor management arbitrator, educator, and activist for the aging ranged over a period of more than 45 years. Ellsworth was active in the Motion Picture Costumers Union Local 705 (I.A.T.S.E.), became the chapter's first President, and started the Costumer newsletter in 1941 for the benefit of members serving in WWII.

Ellsworth participated in local 705’s first negotiating committee, and served as Business Agent for local 705 from 1942 to 1952.  Ellsworth was not a communist, but he opposed union-busting policy, and testified under Congressional immunity before the Kearns Committee. After helping to form the Motion Picture Health and Welfare Fund, Ellsworth became its first administrator and served from 1952-1958.

In the 1940s, John Anson Ford appointed Ellsworth to the Advisory Board on Aging (later the Los Angeles County Commission on Aging) where he served into the 1950s, including two terms as president. In 1957, he helped organize a congressional hearing in Los Angeles led by Congressman Jimmy Roosevelt that focused on problems of older workers.

Ellsworth was one of the first to receive UCLA’s Certificate in Industrial Relations in 1950. In 1958, he joined the Center for Labor Research and Education within the Institute of Industrial Relations where he functioned as Administrator of Public Programs and Associate Administrator of Labor Programs. From 1950 to 1958, Ellsworth taught UC extension classes in Los Angeles, Riverside, San Diego, and Santa Barbara on labor history, health, welfare and pension plans, grievances, and arbitration. In the Fall of 1963, he also taught a University of California extension course at Roosevelt Jr. High in San Diego, titled Health, Welfare and Pension Plans.

Ellsworth was a member of the California Citizen’s Advisory Committee on Aging, President of the International Senior Citizens Association, President of the Senior Coalition Political Action Committee, co-founder of the Los Angeles County Affiliated Agencies on Aging, and Chairman of the Steering Committee, Alliance for Health Care Cost Containment. Ted was also Vice-Chairman of the California Commission on Aging, a member of the House Conference Committee on Aging, and was a representative to the 1981 White House Conference on Aging. He died of heart failure on April 26, 1996 at the age of 90.

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The Theodore "Ted" R. Ellsworth Collection documents Ellsworth's consulting and efforts on behalf of AB-1 on malpractice, his activities while affiliated with UCLA, transcripts of arbitration cases, and correspondence to and from Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr., Senator Pete Wilson, Congressmen Harry Waxman, Anthony Beilenson, and Hilary Clinton regarding changes to social security and Medicare.The collection is divided into five major series: Manuscripts, Speeches, and Personal Papers (1878-2009), Unions, Health Plan Administration, and Consulting (1954-1996), Conferences, Training, and Workshops (1948-1994), Arbitration (1972-1988), and Aging (1938-1995).

Series I, Manuscripts, Speeches, and Personal Papers, contains one folder dedicated to an extensive collection of biographical information in the form of resumes, news clippings, and lists of programs presented at UCLA from 1958-1962. In addition, there are personal papers and photographs related to Ellworth's academic and athletic career at Occidental College, his brief time in Cincinnati, Ohio, his political campaign, and the construction of his home in the Wonderland area of the Hollywood Hills. Ellsworth's friends and colleagues are also represented in this series, including some individuals affiliated with the Motion Picture Costumers Local 705, I.A.T.S.E.

Series II, Unions, Health Plan Administration, and Consulting, includes business papers, reports, health plans, fee schedules, financial statements, correspondence, news clippings, minutes, and handwritten notes. The series includes a notebook on the Health Plan Consultants Committee (HPCC), now the Southern California Association of Benefit Plan Administrators. Loose papers collected by Ellsworth representing general consulting activities or activities related to his efforts on behalf of AB-1 on malpractice are housed in separate folders. Items are arranged in folders alphabetically by organization or creator.

Series III, Conferences, Training, and Workshops documents Ellsworth's committee activities and courses he attended. Materials related to Ellsworth’s activities while affiliated with UCLA are arranged separately from those related to activities after his retirement or while working on projects that were not directly related to UCLA programs.

Series IV, Arbitration, includes transcripts of arbitration cases as well as correspondence and handwritten notes. Cases involve The Boys Market, Inc., UFCW, Local 770, the Los Angeles Police Protective League, Los Angeles Police Department; Phoenix Newspapers, Inc., the Phoenix Mailers’ Union, Local 52; Safeway Stores, Inc., and UFCW, Local 770.

Series V, Aging, includes correspondence to and from Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr., Senator Pete Wilson, Congressmen Harry Waxman, Anthony Beilenson, and Hilary Clinton regarding changes to social security and Medicare, as well as VHS tapes documenting aging related events and association history.

Subject/Index Terms

Aging - Government policy - United States
California, Citizens' Advisory Committee on Aging
California Commission on Aging
Health Insurance
Health Planning - Citizen participation
Malpractice insurance - California
Medicare - Administration
Social security
Southern California Association of Benefit Plan Administrators
United States. Congress. House. Committee on Education and Labor. General Subcommittee on Education
University of California, Los Angeles. Institute of Industrial Relations

Administrative Information

Repository: Special Collections & Archives

Accruals: 2010, 2017

Access Restrictions: The collection is open for research use.

Use Restrictions: 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.

Acquisition Source: Dr. Alexandra Kindell

Related Materials:

Motion Picture Screen Cartoonists Guild, Local 839 Collection

Southern California Arbitration Case Files Collection

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

Processing Information: Robert G. Marshall and Jackie Zak, 2009

Finding Aid Revision History:

April Feldman, 2009

Jackie Zak, 2010

Special Collections and Archives staff, 2012

Mallory Furnier, 2017


Box and Folder Listing


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[Series I: Manuscripts, Speeches, and Personal Papers, 1878-2009]
[Series II: Unions, Health Plan Administration, and Consulting, 1954-1996]
[Series III: Conferences, Training, and Workshops, 1948-1994]
[Series IV: Arbitration, 1972-1988]
[Series V: Aging, 1938-1995],
[All]

Series I: Manuscripts, Speeches, and Personal Papers, 1878-2009Save to your list.
Box 1Save to your list.
Folder 1: Biographies: Resumes and News Clippings, 1945-1990Save to your list.
Folder 2: ManuscriptsSave to your list.
Item 1: "A Layman's Guide for Health Insurance and Health Plans", 1955Save to your list.
Item 2: "Should Unions Become Involved with Health Care Problems", 1957 MaySave to your list.
Item 3: "The Growth of Union Retiree Clubs"Save to your list.
Item 4: "More About Hospitals, Government's Concern", 1962Save to your list.
Item 5: "Vision Care, A Growing Fringe Benefit", 1966 MarchSave to your list.
Item 6: "Medicare and Hospitals"Save to your list.
Item 7: "Labor's Interest in Health Plans", 1945-1972Save to your list.
Item 8: Incomplete Outline on Health Plans, 1957-1967Save to your list.
Folder 3: Manuscript: "Ted Ellsworth Memoirs"Save to your list.
Folder 4: Personal Papers: Correspondence, Ephemera, and Vital Records, 1929-1995Save to your list.
Folder 5: Personal Papers Regarding Beetson, Frank: Correspondence, Time Cards, Receipts, Invoices, Agreement for Participation in Death Benefit Fund, Local 705, Death Notice, 1943-1990Save to your list.
Folder 6: Personal Papers: Certificates and Awards, 1919-1994Save to your list.
Folder 7: Personal Papers Regarding Edwards, William: Correspondence, Invoices, Time Cards, Receipts, Disability Claim Form, Request for Extension of Benefit Plan, 1943-1964Save to your list.
Folder 8: Personal Papers Regarding Ellsworth, Elmer: Correspondence, Invoices, Earnings Statements, Receipts, Small Claims Affidavit, Time Cards, 1936-1969Save to your list.
Folder 9: Personal Papers Regarding Political Campaigns: Correspondence, Broadcast Script in Support of Sheriff Sherman Block, Form Letters, Hand Written List of Names and Phone Numbers, Letter of Thanks from Tom Bradley, 1961-1995Save to your list.
Folder 10: SpeechesSave to your list.
Item 1: "Methods of Evaluating Health and Welfare Plans", 1955 April 26Save to your list.
Item 2: "A Talk Before the Staff of the Maywood Hospital", 1958 November 19Save to your list.
Item 3: "Remarks to Marina Democratic Club", 1977 October 9Save to your list.
Box 6Save to your list.
Folder 13: "Ted Ellsworth, 1906-96," 48 Scanned Images (DVD), 1906-1996Save to your list.
Box 7Save to your list.
Folder 1: Ellsworth, Ted Certificates and Awards, 1912-1994Save to your list.
Folder 2: Thank You Card, undatedSave to your list.
Folder 4: Ellsworth, Jeanne (Boynton) Vital Records, 1913-1930Save to your list.
Folder 5: Wonderland House Blue Haven Pools Blueprints, 1963Save to your list.
Folder 6: California Federation of Young Democrats State Convention Photograph, 1950 JulySave to your list.
Box 8Save to your list.
Folder 1: Bradley, Lee Photographs, 1955-1959Save to your list.
Folder 2: Cincinnati Correspondence and Clippings, 1929-1930Save to your list.
Folder 3: Clark Family Records, 1878-1905Save to your list.
Folder 4: Eckbo, Garret PhotographsSave to your list.
Folder 5: Personal Papers Regarding Ellsworth, E.J., 1974Save to your list.
Folder 6: Ellsworth, Jeanne (Boynton) Vital Records, 1939-1967Save to your list.
Folder 7: Ellsworth, Ted Death Condolence Correspondence, 1996 JuneSave to your list.
Folder 8: Ellsworth, Ted Photographs, 1964-1977Save to your list.
Folder 9: Ellsworth, Ted Children Scrapbook Pages, undatedSave to your list.
Folder 10: Ellsworth Family and Friends Photographs, 1915-1978Save to your list.
Folder 11: Ellsworth, Ted and Jeanne (Boynton) Ellsworth Photographs, 1950-1983Save to your list.
Folder 12: Ellsworth, Ted Political Photographs, 1964Save to your list.
Folder 13: Occidental College Correspondence, Clippings, and Ephemera, 1927-2009Save to your list.
Folder 14: Occidental College Athletics Clippings, 1929Save to your list.
Folder 15: Occidental College Athletics Photographs, 1922-1931Save to your list.
Folder 16: Olives Family Photographs, undatedSave to your list.
Folder 17: Wonderland House Records, 1948-1983Save to your list.
Folder 18: Wonderland House Photographs, circa 1950s-1960sSave to your list.
Folder 19: Zuniga Family Photographs, 1966-1967Save to your list.

Browse by Series:

[Series I: Manuscripts, Speeches, and Personal Papers, 1878-2009]
[Series II: Unions, Health Plan Administration, and Consulting, 1954-1996]
[Series III: Conferences, Training, and Workshops, 1948-1994]
[Series IV: Arbitration, 1972-1988]
[Series V: Aging, 1938-1995],
[All]


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