Guide to the Allan M. West : papers
1946-1980

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Overview of the Collection

Creator: Bennion, Ione, 1908-1997.
Title: Allan M. West : papers
Dates: 1946-1980 ( inclusive )
Quantity: 23 boxes (9.2 linear ft.)
Collection Number: USU_COLL MSS 078
Summary: Chiefly articles, correspondence, notes, and publications used in the compilation of his book, the National Education Association: a power base for education, concerning equality, desegregation of teachers' associations in South, political action for teachers' rights, the MEA-AFT merger attempt, and the history of the NEA. Also includes drafts and a copy of the book, writings and speeches by West, and personal artifacts such as plaques, certificates and diplomas.
Repository: Utah State University. Special Collections and Archives
Manuscript Collection

Merrill-Cazier Library
Utah State University
3000 Old Main Hill
Logan, UT 84322-3000
Phone: 435 797-2663
Fax: 435 797-2880
Email: scweb@usu.edu

Languages: Collection materials are in English. 
Sponsor: Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) grant, 2007-2008

Biographical Note

Allan M. West was born Oct. 16, 1910 in Portland, Oregon, the son of Ray and Mary Morrell West. He graduated from Logan High School, Logan, Utah and in 1932 received his B.A. degree from the Utah State Agricultural College (now Utah State University). He later completed graduate work in school administration at Utah State Agricultural College, the University of Utah, and the University of Chicago. On Dec. 2, 1932 he married Ferne Page, and they later had two sons: A. West and Johnathon P. West.

Allan M. West was Director of Research for the Utah Education Association from 1942-46. In 1946 he was made Executive Secretary of the same organization and served in that position for 16 years. He was also the editor of the Utah Educational Review from 1943 to 1961. West joined the staff of the National Education Association in 1961 as the Associate Director of the Membership Division. He assumed several different offices in the following years, including Associate, Deputy, and Acting Executive Secretary of the Association. West was affiliated with UEA and the American Association of School Administrations as well as being a life member of the National Education Association. Mr. West was an early proponent of formal negotiation rights for teachers and authored many articles and publications on the subject. He was also involved in the merger of racially separate affiliates of the NEA in the South.

Content Description

This collection consists chiefly of articles, correspondence, notes, and publications pertaining to, as well as drafts and copies of West's book; The National Education Association: A Power Base for Education published in 1980, which concerned equality, desegregation of teachers' associations in South, political action for teachers' rights, the NEA-AFT merger attempt, and the history of the NEA. This collection also contains a biographical file on West, writings, speeches, personal artifacts such as plaques, certificates, and diplomas, and cassette recordings of interviews conducted by West.

Use of the Collection

Restrictions on Access :  Restrictions

Open to public research.

Restrictions on Use :  Copyright

It is the responsibility of the user to obtain permission to publish from the owner of the copyright (the institution, the creator of the record, the author or his/her transferees, heirs, legates, or literary executors). The user agrees to indemnify and hold harmless the Utah State University Libraries, its officers, employees, and agents from and against all claims made by any person asserting that he or she is an owner of copyright.

Permission to publish material from the Allan M. West : papers must be obtained from the Special Collections Manuscript Curator and/or the Special Collections Department Head.

Preferred Citation :  

Allan M. West : papers, 1946-1980. (COLL MSS 78) Utah State University. Special Collections and Archives Department.

Administrative Information

Arrangement :

Organized into five series:

  • I. Materials compiled for his book the National Education Association: a power base for education
  • II. Drafts of the book
  • III. Articles and speeches by West
  • IV. Memorabilia
  • V. Personal interviews

Acquisition Information :  

The majority of the material in this collection was donated to Utah State University Special Collections & Archives by Allan M. West in 1983.


Detailed Description of the Collection

Series I:  Materials compiled for his book the National Education Association: a power base for education
Container(s)
Description
Dates
Preliminary Papers.
Box
Folder
1 1 Proposal and Outlines
1 2 Working Notes-arranged in chapter order
1 3 Working Notes-general
1 4 Working Notes-general
1 5 Bibliography
1 6 Editorial Papers
1 7 Interview Records
1 8 Correspondence-general
1 9 Computer Searches
History and Change (Chapters 1-3)
Box
Folder
2 1 Publications
2 2 Publications
The Right to Bargain (Chapter 4)
Box
Folder
3 1 Negotiation Legislation
3 2 Organizations and Controversy
3 3 Professional Negotiations
3 4 Professional Negotiations
3 5 Strikes and Collective Bargaining
3 6 Faculty Bargaining and Participation
3 7 Administrative Status
3 8 Misc.
Equality (Chapter 5)-School Finance.
Box
Folder
4 1 Serrano v. Priest
4 2 Rodriguez v. San Antonio Independent School
4 3 Other Cases
4 4 Newspaper Clippings
4 5 Revenue Sharing and Cost Effectiveness
4 6 Impoundment
4 7 Tax Revolt and Reform
Equality (Chapter 5)-Southern Affiliate Mergers.
Box
Folder
5 1 Alabama
5 2 Arkansas
5 3 Florida and Georgia
5 4 Louisiana
5 5 Louisiana
5 6 Louisiana
5 7 Louisiana
5 8 Mississippi
5 9 North Carolina and South Carolina
5 10 Tennessee, Texas and Virginia
6 1 Compliance Guidelines and NEA Resolutions
6 2 State Compliance-general
6 3 State Compliance-general
6 4 Merger Evaluations-general
6 5 NEA Executive Committee Agenda April 1967
6 6 NEA Executive Committee Agenda 1967 May
6 7 NEA Executive Committee Agenda 1969 April
6 8 Civil Rights
Equality (Chapter 5)-NEA-AFT Merger and NEA Unification
Box
Folder
7 1 Merger-newspaper clippings
7 2 Merger-correspondence
7 3 Merger-general
7 4 Unification
7 5 Representative Assembly- 1955-1979
Equality (Chapter 5)-Teachers' Rights.
Box
Folder
8 1 Women's Leadership Traipsing Program
8 2 First Amendment Cases
8 3 Forced Maternity Leave Cases
8 4 Sex Discrimination Cases
8 5 Racial Segregation Cases
8 6 Teachers' Rights Cases-articles correspondence and reports
8 7 Educational Malpractice
9 1 Dushane Defense Fund
9 2 Dushane Defense Fund Report's 1972-1976
9 3 Dushane Defense Fund Reports 1977-1980
9 4 Case Summaries 1969-1970
9 5 Higher Education Cases
9 6 Management Summaries
9 7 Expenditures
Equality (Chapter 5)-Misc
Box
Folder
10 1 Educational Statistics
10 2 Racial Balance of 1957 NEA staff
10 3 National Committee of Educators for Human Rights
10 4 Program Plans 1980-1981
10 5 "Toward Quality Integrated Education"-Boyd Bosma
10 6 Minority Equity and Protection
10 7 Minority Equity and Protection
Legislation (Chapter 6)
Box
Folder
11 1 The Elementary and Secondary Education Act 1965
11 2 Standing Committee on Higher Education
11 3 Department of Education-creation and organization
11 4 Political Action
Political Action (chapter 7)
Box
Folder
12 1 PAC and Lobbying Information
12 2 Tax and Spending Limitation Measures
12 3 NEA-PAC Candidate Support
(see also box 10, folder 4, "The NEA: A Washington Lobby Run Rampant").
12 4 Presidential Endorsement: Procedure
Improvement of Education (Chapter 8).
Box
Folder
13 1 The National Foundation for the Improvement of Education
13 2 International Relations Activities
13 3 National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education
13 4 Teacher Centers
13 5 Teacher Education
13 6 Instruction and Professional Development
13 7 Government Relations and Legislation
13 8 Landrum-Griffth Act
13 9 Special Interest Students
13 10 Future of Public
13 11 Misc. Papers
Stress to Unity (Chapter 9) and Looking Ahead (Chapter 10)
Box
Folder
14 1 Stress to Unity (Chapter 9)
14 2 NEA History
14 3 Political Action
14 4 Problems of Modern Educators
14 5 Affirmative Action
14 6 National Association of Secretaries of State Teachers Associations
14 7 Landrum-Griffith Act
14 8 Finances
14 9 Collective Bargaining and Strikes
14 10 Educational Statistics
14 11 Higher Education
15 1 NEA-AFT Merger, Second American Federation of Teachers
15 3 Future Objectives, Trends and Obstacles
15 4 Leadership Biographies
15 5 James Williams
Misc. Articles
Box
Folder
16 1 Misc Articles undated
16 2 Misc. Articles 1885-1973
16 3 Misc Articles 1974-1980
16 4 NEA Publications Review

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Series II:   II. Drafts of the book
Container(s)
Description
Handwritten First Draft
Box
Folder
17 1 Preface, Acknowledgments and Chapter 1
17 2 Chapters 2 and 3
17 3 Chapter 4
17 4 Chapter 5
17 5 Chapter 5 cont
17 6 Chapters 6 and 7
17 7 Chapters 6 and 7 cont
17 8 Chapter 8
17 9 Chapter 9
17 10 Chapter 10
17 11 Interviews
17 12 Misc. - insertions, outlines etc.
Typescripts
Box
Folder
18 1 Preface, Acknowledgments and Chapters
18 2 Chapter 4
18 3 Chapter 5
18 4 Chapters 6-8
18 5 Chapters 9 and 10
18 6 Appendix, Bibliography, Notes and Index
Proofs
Box
Folder
19 1 Preface, Acknowledgments and Chapters 1-4
19 2 Chapter 5
19 3 Chapters 6-8
19 4 Chapters 9 and 10, Appendix, Notes and Bibliography

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Articles and Speeches
Container(s)
Description
Dates
Box
Folder
20 1 Articles and Papers
20 2 Editorials, Utah Educational Review
20 3 Reports
20 4 Speeches Undated
20 5 Speeches 1951-1954
20 6 Speeches 1965-1968
20 7 Speeches 1971-1980
20 8 Speeches-note cards

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Memorabilia: Personal papers: biographic material, certificates, programs, and other papers.
Container(s)
Description
Dates
Box
Folder
21 1 Symphony Hall program 1979
21 2 Biographical file on A. M. West; vitas.
21 3 West's B.A. and Ph.D certificates from USU.
21 4 Certificates of appreciation and award.
21 5 Certificate of Life Membership: National Association for the Advancement of Colored People 1996
21 6 West's "Nominee for Honorary Doctorate of Education"
21 7 "The Allan Morrell West & Ferne Page West Families" 1990
21 8 "Golden Anniversary: 50 years, Class of ‘28" 1979
21 9 Eightieth Annual Commencement program, USU 1973
22 Personal Artifacts, 6 items. 1: Plaque from NEA 2: Plaque from UEA 3: Plaque from USU 4: Honorary Degree from USU 5: Citation from UEA 6: Certificate from NEA

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Personal Interviews
Container(s)
Description
Box
tape
23 1 Anderson, Arvid
23 2 Bain, Helen
23 3 Bell, T. H.
23 4 Bosma, Boyd
23 5 Bulford, Lester
23 6 Carlson, John
23 7 Carr, William G
23 8 Darland, Dave
23 9 Duckworth
23 10 Ethridge, Sam
23 11 Fisher, George
23 12 Fisher, George
23 13 Ginger, Lyman
23 14 Harris
23 15 Herdon, Terry
23 16 Hipp, Fred
23 17 Hipp, Fred
23 18 Jones, Geo
23 19 Kennedy, E. Dale
23 20 Kennedy, E. Dale
23 21 Kennedy, E. Dale
23 22 Koontz, Elizabeth
23 23 McGuire, Willard
23 24 McKay, Bob
23 25 Moarison, Fishea
23 26 Shull, Martha
23 27 Snow, Glenn E
23 28 Williams, Jim
23 29 Williams, Jim
23 30 Williams, Jim
23 31 Wise, Helen
23 32 Wollett, Don
23 33 President Johnson: Teacher in the White Houses
23 34 "A Teaching Center is . . . ."

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Subjects

    • Corporate Names :
    • National Education Association of the United States.
    • National Education Association: a power base for education.
    • Utah Education Association.
    • Utah State University. Libraries. Special Collections and Archives.  ( contributor)
    • Personal Names :
    • West, Allan M.
    • Subject Terms :
    • Collective bargaining--Education--Utah.
    • Education--Utah--History.
    • Educators--Archives.
    • Faculty integration--Southern States.
    • School integration--Southern States.
    • Teachers' unions--Utah.

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