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Title: American Association of University Professors, 1963-PresentAdd to your cart.

ID: UA/22/1

Extent: 7.0 Boxes

Date Acquired: 11/10/2000. More info below under Accruals.

Subjects: AAUP, AAUP Legislative News, AAUP News Bulletin, Academe, Academic Freedom, Administration, Affirmative Action, American Association of University Professors, Bailey, Dr. Hugh C., Campus Capsule, Collective Bargaining, Derrick, Betty, Elza, Jane, Evaluation, Faculty Senate, Grievance Policy, Lawsuits--Board of Regents, Legislative News, Marks, Dennis, Martin, S. (Sidney) Walter, Mathis, Dawson, Retrenchment--Georgia, Salaries, Scientific Creationism, Tenure, VSC Campus Capsule

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The American Association of University Professors (AAUP) represents the interests of university professors to lawmakers, college administrators and the public.  They lobby for legislation and funding issues that affect higher education, such as tenure, equitable funding, and collective bargaining.  On campus, AAUP represents the faculty to the administration, often addressing issues of retention of faculty, fairness, course load, evaluation, tenure and faculty representation.

The collection of the Valdosta State College/University chapter of AAUP documents the local, state and national activities of the chapter from 1963 to 1995.  However, the bulk of the materials fall in the years from 1971-1985.  The collection is divided into four sub groups:

The Valdosta State College/University AAUP Chapter Business:  Chapter Constitution, Correspondence,  Minutes, and Membership information comprise two boxes of the collection.  Here are lobbying letters to legislators, correspondence with administrators on campus: letters on national issues such as the ERA and on VSC-related issues such as teaching load.  Names prominent in the correspondence include Jane Elza, S. Walter Martin, Hugh Bailey, Betty Derrick, Dawson Mathis, and Dennis Marks. Special Topics and Activities of the VSC AAUP relating to campus and Georgia Issues:  Three boxes document such topics as Administrator Evaluation and Salaries, establishment of the Faculty Senate, Tenure, Teaching loads, Grievance policies, and Collective Bargaining.  The chapter polled the VSC faculty often and poll data are included for many topics including choosing the president, the vice president, the beginning of the football program, semester system and merit pay.  One of the most extensive series of files involves the "Salary Fight" of 1975.  Evidently in an effort to save money during tight economic times, the Ga. Board of Regents tried to take back already agreed-upon raises for 1975.  AAUP on behalf of all Georgia professors, brought suit, and won.  In addition, the VSC chapter was simultaneously exploring funding equity for VSC based on state levels for comparable institutions.  Retrenchment, and its corresponding threats to tenure are also extensively addressed in this subgroup.</li> <li> Publications:  Selected Publications of Local, State and National AAUP organizations, and related collected newsletters of other educational organizations--one box: Academe 1973-1981

AAUP Chapter Conference Letter--Newsletters from various Ga. AAUP chapters and from Georgia Conference

AAUP National News and Announcements--various material sent from National AAUP office, including Newsletters from other states

AAUP News Bulletins and Legislative News (scattered)

VSC AAUP Newsletter 1973-1983 (scattered)

Clippings from various newspapers regarding the AAUP

Collected GAE/NEA Higher Education and VSC Campus Capsule

AAUP National and State Issues:  One box of information from the National AAUP office along with collected information on issues of interest to VSC AAUP but with no correspondence or evidence of direct chapter action on the issue.  Issues include Scientific Creationism, Affirmative Action, and other national policy issues.

Subject/Index Terms

AAUP Legislative News
AAUP News Bulletin
Academic Freedom
Affirmative Action
American Association of University Professors
Bailey, Dr. Hugh C.
Campus Capsule
Collective Bargaining
Derrick, Betty
Elza, Jane
Faculty Senate
Grievance Policy
Lawsuits--Board of Regents
Legislative News
Marks, Dennis
Martin, S. (Sidney) Walter
Mathis, Dawson
Scientific Creationism
VSC Campus Capsule

Administrative Information

Repository: Valdosta State University Archives and Special Collections


AAUP papers from Jane Elza and

an in house created deed of gift in 2001 of papers by Martha Leake that Betty Derrick found and Jane Elza shipped over to archives to add to the AAUP collection.  There is a folder in the Director's drawer labeled AAUP with finding aid, processing notes, accession form, and a yellow copy of the deed of gift.

Acquisition Source: Jane Elza

Acquisition Method: Signed Deed of Gift

Appraisal Information: AAUP papers

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AAUP minutes membership
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Folder 2: AAUP Minutes, 1970-1976Add to your cart.
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Folder 4: AAUP Minutes, 1981-1995Add to your cart.
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