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.
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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.
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.
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