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Executive Committee, 1915-2004

Identifier: Series 3

Scope and Contents note

Series contains materials created by the Executive Committee of the NEA. The files include meeting agendas and papers, biographical information about Executive Committee members, details of member benefits, financial and budget reports, election results and analysis, and meeting minutes and reports. There are publications prepared to promote official positions, such as the "...And Justice for All" packet prepared for wide release. The biographical information records often contain photographs of the specific committee member.


  • 1915-2004


Conditions Governing Access note

The Members Benefits files are subject to review by Special Collections staff before being made available for research. As researchers request materials, a review of the documents will take place. Staff will remove any documents with social security numbers, employee numbers or other sensitive identifying information. Any document found including this information is closed for 90 years from date of creation, or until verifiable proof of a person’s death is given. After these documents are removed the folder will be available for research. In some cases, items may be photocopied and redacted. The redacted copy will then be placed in the publicly available folder. All other materials in a folder will be freely available for immediate use and will be marked as having been reviewed by Special Collections staff. After folders have been reviewed using these procedures and the confidential materials have been removed, the restriction shall be lifted.

Biographical/Historical note

The Executive Committee, teamed with the Board of Directors, is responsible for the general policies and interests of the Association. The Board and Executive Committee are both subject to policies established by the Representative Assembly and derive their authority from the Constitution and Bylaws.

The Executive Committee consisted of five members at its creation: the President, Junior Past President, First Vice President, Treasurer, and Chairman of the Board of Trustees.

In 1937, the bylaws were amended to enlarge the membership of the Executive Committee from five members to nine, with two members being elected by the Representative Assembly and two members by the Board of Directors.

By 1954, the Executive Committee consisted of eleven members with the addition of two more members being elected by the Representative Assembly.

As a result of the Constitutional Convention in 1971, the positions of Junior Past President and Chairman of the Board of Trustees were eliminated decreasing the members to nine—the three executive officers and six members elected at large by delegates to the Representative Assembly.

The executive officers and other members of the Executive Committee are ex officio members of the Board of Directors. The Executive Committee meets approximately seven times a year.


The 1954 NEA Handbook

The 2009 NEA Handbook

West, Allan M. The National Education Association: The Power Base for Education. The Free Press: New York, 1980


66.5 Linear Feet

Language of Materials


Arrangement note

Arranged alphabetically by title, and chronologically within the same title.

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Research Center, The George Washington University Repository

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