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Guide to the Professional Staff Congress/City University of New York Records WAG.009

Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archive
Elmer Holmes Bobst Library
70 Washington Square South
2nd Floor
New York, NY 10012
(212) 998-2596

Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives

Collection processed by Anna Neighbor, Jason Chappell and Gail Malmgreen, 2000-2001; Adam Schafenberg and Craig Savino, 2007; Alexandra Gomer, 2018.

This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on May 10, 2022
Description is in English using Describing Archives: A Content Standard

 Edited by Rachel Schimke for compliance with DACS and Tamiment Required Elements for Archival Description and to reflect the incorporation of nonprint and unprocessed materials. Edited by Heather Mulliner to include August 2016 accretion Edited by Heather Mulliner to include October 2016 accretion Edited by Alexandra Gomer to include September 2018 accretion. Edited by Nicole Greenhouse to reflect additional administrative information and added archived websites 2013 , October 2016 , November 2016 , September 2018 , May 2022

Scope and Content Note

The collection documents the Professional Staff Congress' participation in collective bargaining and grievance proceedings on behalf of its members, as well as its lobbying efforts and other political activities in support of public higher education, various labor organizations, and other causes. The collection traces the union's activities from the 1920s to 2018, but is particularly rich in materials from the late 1960s to the 1990s. Publicity materials, correspondence, minutes, office files of individual officers and staff members, files pertaining to benefits-related programs and committees, photographs and audiovisual materials, and the records of the PSC publication Clarion (including many photographic materials) are also present. To a lesser extent, the collection contains the records of PSC's two predecessor organizations, the United Federation of College Teachers and the Legislative Conference.

Materials added to the collection in 2016 include the files of the Professional Staff Congress' International Committee. These materials largely consist of meeting minutes and files on special events from 2001-2016. Other materials added to the collection in 2016 include 10 reels of microfilm containing administrative files of the Council of Senior Citizens, Pension Committee, and Belle Zeller Scholarship Trust Fund dating from 1982 to 1993.

Materials added to the collection in 2018 include the files of the Professional Staff Congress' Women's Committee. These materials include planning materials and audiovisual tapes of the annual Women's History Month conference, files relating to parental leave, and drafts and files regarding CUNY's sexual harassment policy. It also includes the committee's meeting correspondence, minutes, and surveys.


All series and subseries are arranged alphabetically by topic. Series VII and parts of Series III, Subseries III:C; Series V, Subseries E are unprocessed.

The files are grouped into 8 series:

Series List:

  1. I. Records of the United Federation of College Teachers
  2. II. Records of the Legislative Conference
  3. III. Records of the Professional Staff Congress
  4. IV. Arbitrations (CLOSED)
  5. V. Addendum
  6. VI. Legal Files, Arbitrations, and Grievances (CLOSED)
  7. VII. Photographs and Audiovisual Materials
  8. VIII. Archived Websites