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February Collection of the Month: Records of the National Education Association, Division of Affiliate Services

NEA1006.RG, Series 3
(60 linear feet)

The National Education Association is the largest union in the U.S.—representing over 3 million educators—and has affiliates in thousands of American communities. The NEA supports teachers at the local level through these affiliates as they bargain with their employers. Special Collections is pleased to announce the opening of the records of the NEA’s Division of Affiliate Services, the national NEA office tasked with this support.

Interested researchers will find a lot of primary source material  in this series on the NEA's work on collective bargaining, including field reports, joint reports prepared with the American Federation of Teachers and other allies, minutes of coordinating committees and other meetings, materials documenting legislative efforts at the federal and local level, strategic plans, and transcripts of speeches.

Major topics in the series include strikes, negotiations, teacher pay and health insurance, and school financing, with details from each state’s affiliate. The bulk of the material dates from 1979 to 1998, and documents the work of the Division of Affiliate Services under the management of John Dunlop, who donated the records.

For more information on this collection, please see the finding aid here: http://library.gwu.edu/ead/nea1006.xml#ref9543

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