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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


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]

Series II: Unions, Health Plan Administration, and Consulting, 1954-1996Save to your list.
Box 1Save to your list.
Folder 11: Alliance for Health Care Cost Containment, Business Papers: Pamphlet, Correspondence, Directory of Members, Minutes, Memos, Financial Report, 1988-1992Save to your list.
Folder 12: Braisden, Richard and Ellsworth, Theodore, Manuscript: "Criteria and Methods of Evaluating Negotiated Health and Welfare Funds", 1954Save to your list.
Folder 13: Burbank Community Hospital, Loose Papers: Annual Report, Trustee Rosters, Correspondence, Note Card, 1974-1981Save to your list.
Folder 14: California Medical Association, Report and NewsletterSave to your list.
Item 1: Report of the CMS-CPS Study Committee to the House of Delegates of the California Medical Association, 1952 December 6Save to your list.
Item 2: Newsletter, Select Issues, 1962-1967Save to your list.
Folder 15: Consolidated Theatre Projectionists Health and Welfare Fund Trust, Business Papers: Financial Statement, Correspondence, 1985-1986Save to your list.
Box 2Save to your list.
Folder 1: The Doctors' Company/The Doctors' Management Company, Loose Papers: Board of Governors Lists, Newsletter Clippings, Deferred Compensation Agreement, 1978-1988Save to your list.
Folder 2: Correspondence to/from Union Members Regarding Available Health Insurance Providers and Hospitals, 1959-1960Save to your list.
Folder 3: Loose Papers Regarding Health Plan Administration and Consulting, 1955-1991Save to your list.
Item 1: CorrespondenceSave to your list.
Item 2: List of Patient Rights in California, Partial Draft of Health & Safety Code, 1960Save to your list.
Item 3: Minutes, Board of Trustees, Los Angeles Committee on Alcoholism, 1961 January 9Save to your list.
Item 4: Knox-Mills Health Plan Act, 1961Save to your list.
Item 5: Outline for Developing Health & Welfare Program, March 1963Save to your list.
Item 6: Survey, 1967 California Council for Health Plan Alternatives QuestionnaireSave to your list.
Item 7: Affidavit Regarding National United Transportation Union and Prepaid Health PlanSave to your list.
Item 8: The Health Care System in the Mid-1990s, 1985Save to your list.
Item 9: Nursing Home CompanionSave to your list.
Item 10: Medicare Ready Reference, 1990Save to your list.
Folder 4: Loose Papers Regarding Malpractice: Correspondence, Text for Reply to KNBC Editorial, Texts for Broadcast Editorial "Changes in the Malpractice Laws," Press Release, 1975-1976Save to your list.
Folder 5: Follette, William and Cummings, Nicholas A., Report: "Psychiatric Services and Medical Utilization in a Pre-paid Health Plan Setting", 1965 AugustSave to your list.
Folder 6: Health Care Benefits Trust Fund, Loose Papers: Memos, Synopsis "How to Solve the Health Care Crisis", 1993Save to your list.
Folder 7: Health Plan Consultants Committee, Notebook and Loose Papers: Texts of Addresses, Committee History, Clippings, Excerpt from Universities and Unions in Workers' Education, by Jack Barbash, Correspondence, Fee Schedules, Reports, Handwritten Notes, Conference Program, "Health and Welfare Plans" Course Schedule, 1951-1995Save to your list.
Folder 8: Kaplan, Abbott: Summary Report, "Quality of Dental Services Provided by Dr. Parnell's Clinic and Attitudes of Patients Towards the Clinic", 1960Save to your list.
Folder 9: Los Angeles Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO, Loose Papers: Correspondence, Handwritten Notes, Conference Brochures, Workshop Programs, Letter Documenting the History of the HPCC, 1968-1994Save to your list.
Folder 10: Los Angeles Metropolitan Transit Authority Welfare Fund, Health Plan, 1964 JuneSave to your list.
Folder 11: Los Angeles Theatre Projectionists Welfare Fund Trust, Loose Papers: Meeting Minutes, Specifications for Bids, Proposed Eligibility Rules, Blue Cross Lists of Administrative Charges and Renewal Rates: Group Plan Brochure, 1969-1979Save to your list.
Folder 12: Medical Foundation of America, Loose Papers, 1955Save to your list.
Folder 13: Motion Picture Costumers Local 705 I.A.T.S.E. (International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees and Moving Picture Machine Operators of the United States and Canada), Loose PapersSave to your list.
Item 1: ReceiptSave to your list.
Item 2: News ClippingsSave to your list.
Item 3: CorrespondenceSave to your list.
Item 4: Cost ComparisonsSave to your list.
Item 5: The Costumer Newsletter, 1979 March - 1996 JuneSave to your list.
Item 6: Survey Results Summary ListSave to your list.
Item 7: 50th Anniversary Dinner Dance ProgramSave to your list.
Item 8: ResolutionSave to your list.
Folder 14: Nursing Home Patients' Protection Act of 1984, Loose Papers: List of Assembly Committee Members, Leaflet, Petition, Act Summary, 1984Save to your list.
Folder 15: Southern Division of California Cooperative League, Health Plan, 1972Save to your list.
Folder 16: Southwest Theatre Projectionists Health and Welfare Plan, Business Papers: Plan Renewal Calculations, Bid Proposals, Correspondence, Continental Assurance Company Plan, 1990-1991Save to your list.
Box 8Save to your list.
Folder 20: Catholic Labor Institute, Awards Clippings and Photographs, 1982Save to your list.
Folder 21: Unions, Heath Plan Administration, and Consulting Photographs, 1966-1987Save 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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