Series I: Teachers Guild/Teachers' Union Records, 1916-1963.
Records of the Teachers Guild and the Teachers' Union, include minutes of the major governing bodies of both organizations, subject files pertaining to each organization, and a separate sub-series dealing with the 1935 split which resulted in the formation of the Teachers' Union. The sub-series on the split also contains material documenting the background of conflict within the Guild from 1930 on, and post-1935 communications between the two organizations related to issues arising from the split.
The Teachers Guild records include substantial amounts of material on academic freedom, collective bargaining on behalf of public school teachers in general and in New York City, educational policy and lobbying, the question of examinations for teachers, high school and junior high school organizing, organizing of library workers and laboratory assistants, salaries and benefits, and the 1959 teachers' strike.
The Teachers' Union records include Executive Board minutes, committee records, pamphlets and leaflets, files on political activity of the union, a dissertation on TU history, and extensive records of the Teachers' Union Auxiliary, which organized conferences, outreach activities and efforts to engage the general public in issues of concern to the Union.
Series II: Presidents' Files, 1944-1986. Sub-series II, A: UFT Presidential Files of Charles Cogen, is comprised of his correspondence; his speeches and writings; records of his involvement with the American Federation of Teachers, the American Federation of Labor-Congress of Industrial Organizations, and other organizations; detailed records of the UFT's first efforts at collective bargaining; financial records of the union; organizing files; and subject files on a wide range of issues, individuals and activities. Sub-series II, B: UFT Presidential Files of Albert Shanker, 1935-1996 includes files of biographical information and collected writings, speeches, testimony and tv/radio broadcast transcripts. Also included are files on educational, political and other organizations in which Shanker participated or took an interested, including the AFL-CIO, New York State United Teachers, the Center for Urban Education, the American Civil Liberties union, Amnesty International, Social Democrats-USA, a wide range of Jewish organizations, and the United Housing Federation, among others. This series includes voluminous documentation of the decentralization issue and the Ocean Hill-Brownsville dispute, as well as extensive files on Shanker's central role in resolving the New York City fiscal crisis of the mid-1970s. Intra-union and Board of Education correspondence is included, as is general correspondence, and files on individual schools and community school boards. Reports, studies and clippings document Shanker's interest in issues of urban education, pedagogy, community relations and politics at the city, state and federal levels. Every aspect of UFT activity is represented in files on committees, staff, bargaining, benefits, and many related topics.
Series III: Officers and Staff Files, 1940-2002. The files of the UFT officers and staff, include the records of Coordinator of Negotiations and Special Representative, William Blum; Director of Special Projects, Eugenia Cooper-Kemble; Treasurer, Jeannette DiLorenzo; Vice-President for High Schools, Network Organizer and unofficial historian of the UFT, George Altomare; Director of Staff and Assistant to the President, Sandra Feldman; Chairman of District 25, Queens, Leo Hoenig; Secretary-Treasurer of the Welfare Fund, Sol Levine; Special Representative, Gladys Roth; Vice President for Vocational High Schools, Morris Shapiro; and Field Representative for Brooklyn, Irving Weinstein, among others. Most of the files are arranged in sub-series, alphabetically by individual name, and by topic within each sub-series. The series concludes with a sub-series comprised of miscellaneous staff and field representatives' files, in which each individual is represented by only a small amount of material; this sub-series is arranged alphabetically by name.
This series includes correspondence and records pertaining to bilingual education, civil-rights activism, collective bargaining, community school board elections, curriculum development, decentralization of New York City schools, high-school organization, individual high schools and the UFT High School Committee, integration of schools, membership and network development, performance-based teacher education, political action and education, school safety, the strikes of the 1960s, the UFT Scholarship Fund, and other issues and projects.
Series IV: Special Projects: Sub-series A: The More Effective Schools (MES) Program, 1962-1975. Sub-series B: Teacher Centers Consortium (TCC), 1972-1992. These two projects were designed and implemented by the UFT in cooperation with the New York City Board of Education, community school districts, individual schools, and local universities. MES, introduced in ten New York city schools in 1965, aimed to boost achievement in the city's most difficult schools by reducing class size, increasing teacher training, and providing auxiliary services. TCC, introduced in 1979, offered workshops, in-service training, mentoring, and curriculum resources for teachers.
Series V: Grievance Department Files, 1958-1981. The Grievance Department files include records of grievances, court cases and appeals on a wide variety of issues, among them the hiring of substitutes, safety, salaries, teaching assignments, and working conditions. Included are Grievances, Board of Examiner Cases, Commissioner of Education Cases, Military Cases, Appeals and Arbitration Decisions. The bulk of the records are from the 1970s.
Series VI: Membership Department Files, 1969-1974. This series consists only of a small selection of files documenting resignations (teachers and paraprofessionals).
Series VII: Subject Files. Sub-series A: Communications Department Subject Files, 1965-2000. This wide-ranging series of topical files, used for publicity, public relations and general research purposes, covers all activities of the UFT and issues of concern to the union. Among the notable groups of files are materials on New York City budget matters, U.S. Department of Health, Education and Welfare relations with UFT, elections at all levels of government, individual high schools, contract negotiations, paraprofessionals, school safety, testing, tuition tax credits, and strike activity (1975-77). Sub-series B: President's Office Subject Files, 1935-1996. These files, compiled and administered by May Levine Naftal, an assistant to UFT president Albert Shanker, contain articles, pamphlets, clippings, reports and other materials used for reference by the President's office. Notable series of files include materials on the American Federation of Teachers (including local files arranged by state), the NYC Board of Education (and individual chancellors), bilingual education, Catholic and other private schools, UFT caucuses, City University of New York campuses, UFT collective bargaining (1960-1980), decentralization, Ocean Hill-Brownsville and teachers strikes, NYC school districts (arranged by number), health-related issues, individual high schools (arranged by name), New York state higher education, labor and labor history in general, New York city and state budgets and politics, and New York State United Teachers (including material filed by locality).