This collection contains documents created and obtained by the Tyler State College, Texas Eastern University, and University of Texas at Tyler chapters of the Texas Association of College Teachers.
Folders are organized thematically and chronologically. Folder titles were renamed to better reflect their contents.
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Unknown/possibly Allen Martin
[Identification of item], in the Texas Association of College Teachers, The University Archives and Special Collections Department, Robert R. Muntz Library, The University of Texas at Tyler, Tyler, TX, USA.
Founded in 1948 as the College Classroom Teachers Association, the organization was renamed Texas Association of College Teachers in 1958. The TACT assists the faculty of Texas institutions of higher education by lobbying the Texas Legislature. Areas of concern include the preservation of tenure and academic freedom, legislation affecting higher education, retirement fund options, and faculty salary.
The collection documents the activities of the Texas Association of College Teachers at the state and local level. Materials include membership and financial reports, documents from association conferences and workshops, and memoranda concerning a range of topics including faculty salaries, retirement, tenure, and state legislative issues. While materials from the Tyler State College and Texas Eastern University chapters are included, the majority of documents originate from the University of Texas at Tyler Chapter from 1980 to 2002. Many documents are associated with Sociology Professor W. Allen Martin's TACT State Presidency of 1999 and 2000.
Collection was received in two file storage boxes that included a handwritten inventory. Examination of folder titles, contents, and inventory revealed the agency of a prior processor. In addition to the presence of an inventory, another indicator of prior processing was the practice of using the first document in a folder as the folder title. Folder titles have been changed to better reflect the overall contents of folders. Information packets from conferences and workshops found in pocket folders were transferred to manila file folders and entitled with the name and date of the event. Folder order has been rearranged thematically and chronologically while the order of folder contents is unaltered. Heavy weeding of financial documents with credit card and bank account numbers was necessary.