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American Association of University Professors records

 Collection
Identifier: MS2079
The American Association of University Professors’ collection consists of archival files of documents from the AAUP from 1915 to 2013. Documents include Executive Committee, Council, and Annual Meetings documents and audiotapes; Legal Office court cases and litigation documents; a record of staff council for AAUP; AAUP institutional files; conference documents; and newsletters.

Dates

  • 1915-2013

Creator

Access restriction

Case and institutional files from Donor's Committee A on Academic Freedom and Tenure, Committee B on Professional Ethics, and Committee T on College and University Government are not open for public access for twenty-five (25) years from the date each file is officially closed by the Donor. Between twenty-five (25) and fifty (50) years from the date of closing, these files may be open to interested person upon specific request. A request with accompanying recommendation will be forwarded by Recipient to Donor, which will decide whether the request will be approved. All closed files will be open for public access after fifty (50) years from the date of closing. The years will be calculated by using the end of the calendar year in which a particular file was officially closed by Donor.

The donor has indicated that the date of creation is the date a file is closed. Use the date of creation when determining access limitations. limitations.

Conditions Governing Use

Some material may be copyrighted or restricted. It is the patron's obligation to determine and satisfy copyright or other case restrictions when publishing or otherwise distributing materials found in the collections.

Extent

985.5 Linear Feet

Overview

The mission of the American Association of University Professors (AAUP) " . . . is to advance academic freedom and shared governance; to define fundamental professional values and standards for higher education; to promote the economic security of faculty, academic professionals, graduate students, post‐doctoral fellows, and all those engaged in teaching and research in higher education; to help the higher education community organize to make our goals a reality; and to ensure higher education's contribution to the common good. Founded in 1915, the AAUP has helped to shape American higher education by developing the standards and procedures that maintain quality in education and academic freedom in this country's colleges and universities."

This collection contains archival files of documents from the AAUP from 1915 to 2013. Documents include Executive Committee, Council, and Annual Meetings documents and audiotapes; Legal Office court cases and litigation documents; a record of staff council for AAUP; AAUP institutional files; conference documents; and newsletters.

Historical note

The AAUP began during an organizing meeting in 1915 by Arthur O. Lovejoy and John Dewey. The goal for forming an organization was to ensure academic freedom for faculty members. For the organizers of this meeting the notion of academic freedom had as a catalyzing incident the 1900 dismissal by Stanford University of economist Edward Ross because Mrs. Leland Stanford did not like Ross’ views on immigrant labor and railroad monopolies. Today the AAUP continues to protecting the academic freedom of professors. Because the AAUP is an organization whose members are the faculty, academic professionals, graduate students, and post-doctoral fellows it protects when the AAUP speaks it does so as the voice of the profession. The AAUP addresses not only academic freedom for faculty to teach and write without fear of censure the AAUP also defines the fundamental values and standards within higher education as well as ensuring economic security and the maintenance of the highest quality of education at America’s colleges and universities.

Arrangement Note

Organized into 37 series: Conferences, Litigation and legal office files, Foundation records, Press releases, Committee A on Academic Freedom and Tenure case files, Committee B on Professional Ethics, Committe C on College and University Teaching, Research, and Publication, Committee D on Accreditation, Committee E on Establishment and Conduct of Chapters, Committee F on Chapters, Conferences, Members and Dues, Committee G on Part-time and Non-tenure Track Appointments, Committee L on Historically Black Institutions and the Status of Minorities in the Profession, Committee M on Freedom of Teaching in Science, Committee N on Representation of Economic and Professional Interests and its predecessor the Ad Hoc Committee on Representation of Economic Interests (REI), Commmittee N on Student Health and Athletics, Committee O on Organization, Committee P on Pension and Insurance, Committee Q on Teacher Education, Committee R on Government Relations, Committee S on Students, Committee T on College and University Governance, Committee U on College and University Teaching, Committee V on Junior and Community Colleges, Committee W on the Status of Women in the Academic Profession, Committee Y on Taxation, Committee Z on the Economic Status of the Profession, Collective Bargaining Congress, Annual meeting resolution committee, Committee on State Legislation Affecting Academic Freedom (SLAAF), Nominating Committee, Audit Committee, Special Committees and Task Forces, Assembly of State Conference files, General files, Historical files, Public Policy Department records and Office of the General Secretary records.

Physical Location

Materials are stored off-site, and will require additional retrieval time. Please contact the Special Collections Research Center for more information.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of the American Association of University Professors, 1998. Series 37 Suberies 1-6 are from the gift of Ernst Benjamin, 2017 (Accession 2017.008).
Title
Folder-inventory to the American Association of University Professors records, 1915-2013
Status
folder_inventory
Author
University Archives, Special Collections Research Center, The George Washington University
Date
2016
Description rules
dacs
Language of description
Finding aid written in English

Repository Details

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

Contact:
2130 H Street NW
Washington 20052 United States of America