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University and College Labor Education Association:

A Guide to Its Records at Georgia State University Library

Georgia State University
Georgia State University
Special Collections and Archives
100 Decatur St., SE
Atlanta, GA 30303-3202
Fax: 404-413-2881

February 1, 1991

Profile Description

Creation: EAD version 1.0 finding aid created in XMetaL 4.5 by William Hardesty from HTML source, October 5, 2006.
Language: English

Collection Summary

Repository: Georgia State University Library, Special Collections and Archives, Atlanta
Creator:University and College Labor Education Association
Title:University and College Labor Education Association records
Dates: 1955-1996
Quantity: 37 linear ft.
Abstract: The collection consists of the records of the University and College Labor Education Association and its predecessor, the University Labor Education Association from 1955-1996. Includes correspondence, minutes, financial statements, reports, member directories, printed materials, audiotapes, and photographs documenting the emergence of labor education as an academic discipline. Contains information pertaining to adult and citizenship education; the Occupational Safety and Health Administration; the role of women in labor education; a Quality of Work Life proposal, and task force studies on building trades, urban affairs, worker participation, and problems of women in trade-unions. Also includes information on the National Institute of Labor Education and the relationship of the UCLEA to organized labor, particularly the AFL-CIO.
Identification: L1989-13

Organization of the Records

Organized into thirteen series:
Series I. John Bennett, 1967-1987
Series II. Dale Brickner, 1970-1987.
Series III. Helen Elkiss, 1977-1987.
Series IV. Jack Flagler, 1957-1968.
Series V. John Hanson (Richard Strassberg and Hanson as Donors), 1957-1968.
Series VI. Keith Knauss, 1977-1979.
Series VII. Mary Lehman, 1985-1988.
Series VIII. John McKenzie, 1955-1988.
Series IX. Ruth Needleman, 1973-1988.
Series X. Anne Nelson, 1976-1989.
Series XI. Emory Via, 1977-1988.
Series XII. Peggy Wilson, Labor Studies Journal, 1972-1989
Series XIII. Ron Filipelli, Dr. C.K. McFarland, John Marrone, and Roberts Till-RetzLabor Studies Forum, 1988-1996

Scope and Content of the Records

The University and College Labor Education Association (UCLEA) collection documents the history, growth and development of the organization over nearly a forty year period, with materials bulking in the 1970s. The emergence of labor education as a distinct academic field and profession is documented in the correspondence of collection donors and others, whose either original or photocopied materials are present. Areas with materials relevant to labor educators of special interest in the collection include adult and citizenship education (Series 1: John Bennett; Series 8: John MacKenzie; Series 11: Emory Via), OSHA (Series 1: John Bennett), credentialing or standards of the profession (reflected throughout annual meeting materials), the role of women in labor education (Series 1: John Bennett; Series 9: Ruth Needleman; Series 10: Anne Nelson). Some correspondence involving the preceding organizations of the National Institute of Labor Education (NILE) and the University Labor Education Association (ULEA) is contained in this collection, and the relationship of the UCLEA to organized labor, particularly the AFL-CIO, is detailed in the Bennett and MacKenzie series particularly (1 and 8, respectively). Because of MacKenzie's tenure as the UCLEA's Governmental and Organizational Representative while in Washington, D.C., materials detailing those relations are in Series 8. The development of the publishing component of the UCLEA with both the Labor Studies Journal is detailed in Series 12 with materials reflecting the day-to-day operations of the Journal and the Labor Studies Forum is in Series 13 under the donation of Dr. C.K. McFarland, a set running from 1988-1996.

Some other activities detailed in the collection are the Job Placement Service, various task forces (building trades, trade union women's problems, urban affairs, and worker participation), lifelong learning inquiries, and a Quality of Work Life (QWL) proposal for study. Series 5: John Hanson, 1972-1989 details the former president's activities thoroughly with chronological correspondence folders.

The UCLEA collection is arranged in 13 series alphabetically by donor, with the exception of the final series incorporating three donors into one. With this method, each donor's contribution to the collection has remained a discrete entity. Most contributions came to the Southern Labor Archives with an inherent order, and this was adhered to or modified slightly within each series

History of the University and College Labor Education Association

The University Labor Education Association (ULEA) was formed in 1960 and renamed the University and College Labor Education Association in 1974 (UCLEA). The predecessor organization to ULEA was the Inter University Labor Education Committee (IUELEC), which originated in the early 1950s but terminated its activities in 1954. IUELEC was parent to the National Institute of Labor Education (NILE) which was established in 1957. Both the Labor Education Section of the Adult Education Association and the Workers Education Local 189, American Federation of Teachers impacted NILE, which functioned as a transitional institution for the formation of the University Labor Education Association. Rosen's article mentions Fred Hoehler, Herb Levine and Larry Rogin as prominent persons in the early history of the organization and states that a position paper from 1962, "Effective Cooperation Between Universities and Unions in Labor Education" guided such union-educator relations until 1976. Rosen notes a "period of storm and stress" from 1967 until 1978 as the UCLEA grew in numbers and varieties of viewpoints. (See also Georgia State University, Southern Labor Archives, Pamphlet Collection: American Federation of Teachers [AFT] Workers Education Local 189; Coalition of Adult Education Organizations; University and College Labor Education Association; and University Labor Education subject headings.)


Box 2512, folder 6 (Series 11: Emory Via, 1977-1988) contains an expanded history of the University and College Labor Education Association (UCLEA) titled "The University Labor Education Association-The Founding Years 1960-1966 for presentation at the Twenty-Fifth Anniversary Meeting of the University and College Labor Education Association March 17-21, 1986 Piney Point, Maryland" by Stanley Rosen, Professor of Labor and Industrial Relations, Institute of Labor and Industrial Relations, University of Illinois, Chicago. The paper is dated March 1986.

Index Terms

This collection is indexed under the following headings in the Georgia State University Library online catalog (GIL). Researchers desiring materials about related topics, persons, or places should search the catalog using these headings.

National Institute of Labor Education (U.S.)
United States. Occupational Safety and Health Administration.
University Labor Education Association.
Labor--Study and teaching.
Universities and colleges--Curricula.
Women labor union members--United States.
Sound recordings.


Restrictions on Access

Unrestricted access.

Terms Governing Use and Reproduction

To quote in print, or otherwise reproduce in whole or in part in any publication, including on the Worldwide Web, any material from this collection, the researcher must obtain permission from (1) the owner of the physical property and (2) the holder of the copyright. Persons wishing to quote from this collection should consult the reference archivist to determine copyright holders for information in this collection. Reproduction of any item must contain the complete citation to the original. All requests subject to limitations noted in departmental policies on reproduction.

Administrative Information


[item], [folder title], [series title], University and College Labor Education Association records, L1989-13, Southern Labor Archives. Special Collections and Archives, Georgia State University, Atlanta.

Acquisition Information

Donated by John Bennett, Dale Brickner, Helen Elkiss, Ron Filipelli, Jack Flagler, John Hanson, Keith Knauss, Mary Lehman, John R. MacKenzie, John Marrone, Ruth Needleman, Anne Nelson, Roberta Till-Retz, Emory Via, Peggy Wilson with Richard Strassberg as conduit for selected materials. Accessioned May 24, 1989. Additional file donated November 13, 1996 by Dr. C.K. McFarland, Professor of Labor History at Arkansas State University.

Processing Information

Processed by Anne L. Tilden, Robert Dinwiddie, Donalyn Harris, and Peter Roberts. Inventory date February 1, 1991. Revised and EAD finding aid created by William Hardesty, October 2006.

Related Material

Related materials in this repository: Emory Via papers, Southern Labor Archives

Separated Material

Separated material: During processing, oversize records, printed materials, sound recordings, and photographic materials were separated to other Southern Labor Archives locations. See List of Separated Material following Detailed Description of the Collection.

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