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Preliminary Guide to the American Association of University Professors Records, 1934-1953

Abstract

The purpose 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, and to ensure higher education's contribution to the common good. The collection includes correspondence, reports, proceedings, memoranda, and other materials of the American Association of University Professors from the period when Duke University faculty member William T. Laprade was chairman of its Committee A on Academic Freedom and Tenure (1937-1942, 1948-1953), and president (1942-1943). A sample of the folders shows material concerning academic freedom cases, dismissals, quality of educational support and other matters of concern to the organization's membership. English.

Descriptive Summary

Record Group
UA.28.01.0010
Title
American Association of University Professors records
Date
1934-1953
Creator
American Association of University Professors
Extent
13.5 Linear Feet, 10,000 Items,
Repository
David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library
Language
English.

Collection Overview

Scope and Content Note

Correspondence, reports, proceedings, memoranda, and other materials of the AAUP from the period when Duke University faculty member William T. Laprade was chairman of its Committee A on Academic Freedom and Tenure (1937-1942, 1948-1953), and president (1942-1943). A sample of the folders shows material concerning academic freedom cases, dismissals, quality of educational support and other matters of concern to the organization's membership. Series 1 consists of correspondence relating to concerns expressed to the Committee on Academic Freedom and Tenure (Committee A), along with a few reports. Series 2 is made up of the Proceedings noted below. Series 3 appears to be the correspondence files from the office of the Association's President, but there are no folder titles and no apparent order.

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Copyright for official University records is held by Duke University; all other copyright is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.

Contents of the Collection

Alphabetical file, ca. 1934-1942
(7 lin. ft.)
Box 1-7
Proceedings before the Faculty Committee on Tenure and Academic Freedom, Edward H. Lauer vs. Joseph Butterworth, et al., November-December, 1948
(1.5 Linear Feet, 32 vols., )
Box 8
Unclassified files, ca. 1938-1944
(5 lin. ft.)
Box 9-11

Historical Note

AAUP's purpose is to advance academic freedom and shared governance, to define fundamental professional values and standards for higher education, and to ensure higher education's contribution to the common good.

[quoted from the AAUP website]

Subject Headings

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Records of the American Association of University Professors, Duke University Archives, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.

Provenance

The AAUP records were received as a deposit 1953, and as transfers in 1960-1984 (Accession numbers: 60-71, 65-88, 66-86, 71-386, 73-89, 75-47, 84-31).

Processing Information

This collection is unprocessed: materials may not have been ordered and described beyond their original condition.

Encoded by Joshua McKim, Jill Katte, April 2003