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Theodore "Ted" R. Ellsworth Collection

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Abstract

Biographical Note

Scope and Contents

Administrative Information

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Manuscripts, Speeches, and Personal Papers

Unions, Health Plan Administration, and Consulting

Conferences, Training, and Workshops

Arbitration

Aging



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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 V: Aging, 1938-1995Save to your list.
Box 5Save to your list.
Folder 8: Affiliated Committees on Aging, Loose Papers: Board of Directors and Executive Committee Lists, Correspondence, Annual Dinner Meeting Programs, Jerry Voorhis Day Documents and Speeches, Notice of Recognition Award, 1974-1991Save to your list.
Folder 9: Allied Senior Citizens Clubs of California, Loose Papers: Brochure, Conference Programs, 1974-1978Save to your list.
Folder 10: California Commission on Aging/Citizens' Advisory Committee on Aging, Loose Papers: Correspondence, Minutes, News Release, Hearing Statements, Resolutions, Recommendations, 1964-1993Save to your list.
Folder 11: California Senior Legislature, Loose Papers: Correspondence, "Meeting with Our Legislators" Program, List of Priorities, 1981-1990Save to your list.
Folder 12: Coalition for Housing, Loose Papers: Correspondence, News Clippings, Names List, Remarks to LA City Council, 1978Save to your list.
Folder 13: Congress of California Seniors, Loose Papers: By-laws, Minutes, Press Release, Invoice, Conference Program, Petition Regarding the Crisis in Health Care, Draft Form Letter to Senator Pete Wilson, Correspondence and Newsletter National Council of Senior Citizens, West Covina Chapter, CalSeniors Report, Vol. 1, No. 3, Flyer Listing Related Agencies, 1977-1990Save to your list.
Box 6Save to your list.
Folder 1: Ellsworth, Theodore "Ted" R., Loose Papers Regarding Aging: Correspondence, News Clippings, Conference and Seminar Programs, Flyers, 1959-1995Save to your list.
Folder 2: Ellsworth, Theodore "Ted" R., Loose Papers Regarding Mandatory Retirement and Employment of Older Workers: Correspondence, "Age and Aspects of Work," by Karl R. Kunze, Flyers; Notes, Task Force on Mandatory Retirement, News Clippings, Excerpt, National Attitude Poll on Aging, Charter Amendment Flyer, 1961-1978Save to your list.
Folder 3: Ellsworth, Theodore "Ted" R., Loose Papers Regarding MedicareSave to your list.
Item 1: "Is Medicare Bankrupt? A Report by Ted Ellsworth to The Association of Governmental Commissions and Councils on Aging", 1983 August 30Save to your list.
Item 2: News ClippingsSave to your list.
Item 3: Questions for CandidatesSave to your list.
Item 4: CorrespondenceSave to your list.
Item 5: Positions Paper Regarding Medicare Catastrophic Coverage ActSave to your list.
Item 6: Letters to the EditorSave to your list.
Item 7: Handwritten NotesSave to your list.
Item 8: BrochureSave to your list.
Item 9: The Medicare Handbook, Executive Summary, Federal Cuts on California's Health, by Kris Organ and Bruce Lee Livingston, 1995 AugustSave to your list.
Item 10: FlyersSave to your list.
Item 11: Signed Petition in Support of Senate Concurrent Resolution 86, 1983-1995Save to your list.
Folder 4: Ellsworth, Theodore "Ted" R., Loose Papers Regarding Social SecuritySave to your list.
Item 1: Public Papers and Addresses of Franklin D. Roosevelt, 1938Save to your list.
Item 2: Statement on Budget Deficit and Social SecuritySave to your list.
Item 3: KNX Radio Editorial TextSave to your list.
Item 4: Demographic Trends and Social Security, 1979Save to your list.
Item 5: Summary of the 1979 Report of the Trustees of the Social Security Programs, 1979Save to your list.
Item 6: National Commission on Social Security Hearing Agenda, 1980 January 18Save to your list.
Item 7: "Truth and Consequences. Social Security and the Budget," by Leon Kaplan, ca. 1983Save to your list.
Item 8: Fact SheetSave to your list.
Item 9: MemorandaSave to your list.
Item 10: Press ReleaseSave to your list.
Item 11: FlyersSave to your list.
Item 12: Handwritten NotesSave to your list.
Item 13: "Amendment to Proposed Resolution for a More Equitable Method of Providing Social Security and COLA Increases, 24 Oct 1989", 1974-1989Save to your list.
Folder 5: Ellsworth, Theodore "Ted" R., Loose Papers Regarding Social Security, 50-20 EventSave to your list.
Item 1: Letter to the Editor, Los Angeles TimesSave to your list.
Item 2: Mailgram Copy to Senator Pete WilsonSave to your list.
Item 3: MemosSave to your list.
Item 4: Expense ListsSave to your list.
Item 5: Meeting NotesSave to your list.
Item 6: FlyersSave to your list.
Item 7: Press ReleaseSave to your list.
Item 8: Hand Written Notes and ListsSave to your list.
Item 9: Mailgram from Congressman WaxmanSave to your list.
Item 10: Draft Resolution on Social Security and Medicare AnniversariesSave to your list.
Item 11: Suggestions for Policy Statement, 50-20 CommitteeSave to your list.
Item 12: Anniversary Celebration ProgramSave to your list.
Item 13: "Let's Stand Together," Sheet MusicSave to your list.
Item 14: News ClippingsSave to your list.
Item 15: Photographs, 1985-1986Save to your list.
Folder 6: The Futures Group, Survey: Life Extending Technologies: Correspondence and Attachment, Phone Interview Protocol, Closed Interview Questionnaire, 1976Save to your list.
Folder 7: International Senior Citizens Association, Inc., Loose Papers: Correspondence, News Clippings and Flyers, Press Release, 1970-1990Save to your list.
Folder 8: Los Angeles County Committee on Aging/Area Agency on Aging Advisory Council, Loose Papers, 1974-1991Save to your list.
Item 1: Senior Citizens Activity News, Vol. 2, No. 7Save to your list.
Item 2: CorrespondenceSave to your list.
Item 3: Membership ListSave to your list.
Item 4: Newsletter ClippingsSave to your list.
Item 5: Conference ProgramsSave to your list.
Item 6: Policy StatementsSave to your list.
Item 7: Workshop RosterSave to your list.
Item 8: County-wide Conference Announcement and Delegate FormSave to your list.
Item 9: Motion and Resolution DraftsSave to your list.
Item 10: Adult Task Force ReportSave to your list.
Item 11: Social Security Meeting Attendee ListSave to your list.
Item 12: Council History and By-lawsSave to your list.
Item 13: Tax Policy Statement, 1970-1993Save to your list.
Item 14: Enlightener, Vol. 2, No. 1, 1977 January-FebruarySave to your list.
Folder 9: Older Americans' Social Action Council, Loose Papers: Plan for Social Action, Correspondence, Newsletter, By-laws, 1974-1975Save to your list.
Folder 10: Senior Coalition Political Action Committee, Loose Papers: Correspondence, Questionnaire, Draft Statement, Proposed Policy Statement, 1983-1994Save to your list.
Folder 11: United States, Congress, House Committee on Education and Labor, General Subcommittee on Education, Hearing Report, Problems of the Aged and Aging, 1962Save to your list.
Folder 12: White House Conference on Aging, Loose Papers: "Acronyms in Aging," Delegates List, Report from the White House Conference on Aging, No. 11, Correspondence, News Clipping, 1981Save to your list.
Box 7Save to your list.
Folder 3: Aging Advocacy Newspaper Clippings, 1977-1990Save to your list.
Box 9Save to your list.
Item 1: "Aging" VHS tape, undatedSave to your list.
Item 2: "Retiree Luncheon" Number 15 and 18 VHS tape, 1983 November 20-1986 November 23Save to your list.
Item 3: "History of the International Senior Citizens Association" VHS tape, 1991 January 7Save 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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