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Oakland Federation of Teachers, Local 771 Collection

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Alameda County Federation of Teachers, Local 771

Oakland Federation of Teachers, Local 771

Oakland Public Schools



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Collection Overview

Title: Oakland Federation of Teachers, Local 771 Collection, 1940-1955Save to your list.

ID: URB/OFT

Primary Creator: Oakland Federation of Teachers, Local 771 (1943-)

Extent: 1.25 Linear Feet

Arrangement:

Series I: Alameda County Federation of Teachers, Local 771, 1940-1949

Series II: Oakland Federation of Teachers, Local 771, 1949-1955

Series III: Oakland Public Schools, 1945-1955

Date Acquired: 10/28/1991

Subjects: Public schools - California - Oakland, School superintendents - California - Oakland, Teacher-superintendent relationships, Teachers' unions - California - Oakland

Forms of Material: Paper records

Languages: English

Abstract

The Oakland Federation of Teachers first organized on May 3, 1943 as the Alameda County Federation of Teachers, Local 771 of the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) to both "improve the educational facilities for the children of the nation and to improve the working conditions of the teachers in the public schools." The collection traces the Oakland Federation of Teachers via its administrative history, communications with union members, and relations with the Superintendent of Oakland Public Schools from 1940 to 1955, and includes union administrative records, bulletins, committee and officer reports, constitution and by-laws, correspondence, membership records, newsletters, and platform and position papers.

Biographical Note

The Oakland Federation of Teachers first organized on May 3, 1943 as the Alameda County Federation of Teachers, Local 771 of the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) to both "improve the educational facilities for the children of the nation and to improve the working conditions of the teachers in the public schools.” The union originally included both the Alameda and Oakland school districts but a post-war baby boom that expanded the district's number of new students and staff members led to the union's division into two separate locals. The ACFT, Local 771 became the Oakland Federation of Teachers, Local 771 in July of 1949. Around 1980 the local changed to its current name, the United Teachers of Oakland.

As president of Local 771, Edwin Ross worked closely with the Office of Public Schools to guarantee faculty and students reasonable class sizes, adequate materials for teachers to successfully educate students, and provide teachers with fair compensation for their work.

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The Oakland Federation of Teachers, Local 771 Collection traces the Oakland Federation of Teachers via its administrative history, communications with union members, and relations with the Superintendent of Oakland Public Schools from 1940 to 1955. The collection includes union administrative records, bulletins, committee and officer reports, constitution and by-laws, correspondence, membership records, newsletters, platform and position papers, in addition to correspondence with other teachers' unions and the Oakland Superintendent of Schools. Although actively pursuing customary union concerns such as a retirement plan for teachers and salary adjustments, the records emphasize the union's relationship with the local board of education rather than collective bargaining issues. The collection has been organized in three series: Alameda County Federation of Teachers, Local 771 (1940-1949), Oakland Federation of Teachers, Local 771 (1949-1955), and Oakland Public Schools (1945-1955).

Series I, Alameda County Federation of Teachers, Local 771, contains attendance registers, correspondence, and minutes of the executive board, regular membership, and committee meetings, union bulletins and newsletters, newspaper clippings, resolutions, and a retirement plan for the local. Files are arranged in alphabetical order.

Series II, Oakland Federation of Teachers, Local 771, contains attendance registers, correspondence, and minutes of the executive board, regular membership, and committee meetings, union bulletins and newsletters, the local's constitution and by-laws, and newspaper clippings. Files are arranged in alphabetical order.

Series III, Oakland Public Schools, contains bulletins, and correspondence for the Superintendent of Schools of Oakland Public Schools, and a platform for the Board of Education in Oakland. Files are arranged in alphabetical order.

Subject/Index Terms

Public schools - California - Oakland
School superintendents - California - Oakland
Teacher-superintendent relationships
Teachers' unions - California - Oakland

Administrative Information

Repository: Special Collections & Archives

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: Oakland Federation of Teachers, Local 771

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

Processing Information: Erin V. Morton, 1993

Finding Aid Revision History:

Cathy Kay, 2005

Special Collections and Archives staff, 2012


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Series I: Alameda County Federation of Teachers, Local 771, 1940-1949Save to your list.
Box 1Save to your list.
Folder 1: American Federation of Teachers: correspondence, 1945-1946Save to your list.
Folder 2: Board of Directors: Minutes, 26 May 1946Save to your list.
Folder 3: Bulletins, 1945Save to your list.
Folder 4: Bulletins, 1946Save to your list.
Folder 5: Bulletins, 1947Save to your list.
Folder 6: Bulletins, 1948Save to your list.
Folder 7: Bulletins, 1949Save to your list.
Folder 8: BulletinsSave to your list.
Folder 9: Business Meeting: minutes, 1948 September 8Save to your list.
Folder 10: Business Representative (Cone, Edward): correspondence, 1944-1947Save to your list.
Folder 11: California Federation of Teachers: correspondence, program, 1945Save to your list.
Folder 12: California State Federation of Teachers: correspondence, 1947-1949Save to your list.
Folder 13: California State Federation of Teachers: The California Teacher, newsletter, February 1949Save to your list.
Folder 14: Central Labor Council of Alameda County (Ash, Robert S.): correspondence, 1946-1949Save to your list.
Folder 15: Elections: notes, ca. 1946Save to your list.
Folder 16: Executive Board Meeting: notes, 1945-1948Save to your list.
Folder 17: Executive Board: minutes, 1944Save to your list.
Folder 18: Executive Board: minutes, 1945Save to your list.
Folder 19: Executive Board: minutes, 1946Save to your list.
Folder 20: Executive Board: minutes, 1947Save to your list.
Folder 21: Executive Board: minutes, 1948Save to your list.
Folder 22: Executive Board: minutes, 1949Save to your list.
Folder 23: Federation Teacher: newsletter, 1946Save to your list.
Folder 24: Federation Teacher: newsletter, 1947Save to your list.
Folder 25: Federation Teacher: newsletter, 1948Save to your list.
Folder 26: Federation Insurance Committee, handout, 1946Save to your list.
Folder 27: Legal Council: correspondence, 1940-1947Save to your list.
Folder 28: Legislative Committee: handout, 1947Save to your list.
Folder 29: Meeting of the Whole: minutes, 1945 November 30Save to your list.
Folder 30: Membership Committee: applications, 1947Save to your list.
Folder 31: Membership Committee: bulletin, 1948 March 26Save to your list.
Folder 32: Membership Committee: correspondence, 1946-1947Save to your list.
Folder 33: Membership Committee: lists, ca. 1945-1948Save to your list.
Folder 34: Membership Committee: minutes, 1948Save to your list.
Folder 35: Membership Committee: attendance register, 1945Save to your list.
Folder 36: Membership Committee: attendance register, 1946Save to your list.
Folder 37: Membership Committee: attendance register, 1947Save to your list.
Folder 38: Membership Committee: attendance register, 1948Save to your list.
Folder 39: Membership Committee: attendance registerSave to your list.
Folder 40: Newspaper clippings, 1948Save to your list.
Folder 41: Newspaper clippings, 1949Save to your list.
Folder 42: News Letter (ACFT): newsletter, 1945Save to your list.
Folder 43: Objectives: pamphletSave to your list.
Folder 44: President (Ross, Edwin): correspondence, 1945Save to your list.
Folder 45: President (Ross, Edwin): correspondence, 1946Save to your list.
Folder 46: President (Ross, Edwin): correspondence, 1947Save to your list.
Folder 47: President (Ross, Edwin): correspondence, 1948Save to your list.
Folder 48: President (Ross, Edwin): correspondenceSave to your list.
Folder 49: President (Ross, Edwin): correspondence to, 1948Save to your list.
Folder 50: Regular Meeting: minutes, 1944Save to your list.
Folder 51: Regular Meeting: minutes, 1945Save to your list.
Folder 52: Regular Meeting: minutes, 1946Save to your list.
Folder 53: Regular Meeting: minutes, 1947Save to your list.
Folder 54: Regular Meeting: minutes, 1948Save to your list.
Folder 55: Regular Meeting: minutes, 1949Save to your list.
Folder 56: Resolutions, 1946-1948Save to your list.
Folder 57: Retirement Plan, ca. 1944Save to your list.
Folder 58: Salary Committee: bulletinsSave to your list.
Folder 59: Secretary: correspondence, 5 February 1946Save to your list.
Folder 60: Treasurer (Smeltzer, J.C.): report, 1945Save to your list.
Folder 61: Treasurer (Smeltzer, J.C.): report, 1946Save to your list.
Box 2Save to your list.
Folder 1: Treasurer (Smeltzer, J.C.): report, 1947Save to your list.
Folder 2: Treasurer (Smeltzer, J.C.): report, 1948Save to your list.
Folder 3: Unions (non-teaching): correspondence from, 1946 November 8Save to your list.
Folder 4: Welfare Committee: handoutSave to your list.

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