International Association of Machinists collection of White House Conference on Education records
Scope and Contents of the Collection
The International Association of Machinists (IAM) collection of White House Conference on Education records consists of a packet of printed material, schedules, and correspondence provided to representatives who attended the meetings, held November 28-December 1, 1955. The material in the collection probably belonged to IAM Grand Lodge Representative W. G. (Jerry) Flinn and includes some notes by him.
- Creation: 1955
- International Association of Machinists (Organization)
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Collection is open for research use.
Terms Governing Use and Reproduction
Georgia State University is the owner of the physical collection and makes reproductions available for research, subject to the copyright law of the United States and item condition. Georgia State University may or may not own the rights to materials in the collection. It is the researcher's responsibility to verify copyright ownership and obtain permission from the copyright holder before publication, reproduction, or display of the materials beyond what is reasonable under copyright law. Researchers may quote selections from the collection under the fair use provision of copyright law.
Historical Note about the White House Conference on Education
The White House Conference on Education occurred November 28-December 1, 1955, in Washington, D.C. President Dwight D. Eisenhower had proposed the conference during his 1954 State of the Union address. Demographics were the impetus for the conference. Educators feared that the large, post-World War Two "baby boom" generation, which started to reach school age in the early 1950s, would overwhelm the established system of free education and the population of qualified teachers. Leading up to the White House Conference, each state or territory held its own conference to create a report to its governor, who then appointed representatives for the national conference A Conference Committee planned the sessions and created a final report to President Eisenhower. At the Conference, the attendees (600 professional educators and 1,200 lay representatives) voted overwhelmingly to recommend increased federal aid for education.
Albert J. Hayes, President of the International Association of Machinists (IAM), served on the Conference Committee. He appointed IAM Grand Lodge Representative W. G. Flinn to the committee staff, which also included representation from the American Federation of Labor (AFL). In all, the AFL had a delegation of over 60 representatives from the states and territories at the conference. President Hayes did not attend the Conference, because he was in New York City the for the December convention where the AFL merged with the Congress of Industrial Organizations. IAM Legislative Representative George Nelson went in his place.
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The White House Conference on Education occurred November 28-December 1, 1955. About 1,800 representatives attended to discuss the U.S. educational system and its needs. The International Association of Machinists (IAM) collection of White House Conference on Education record contain a packet of printed material, schedules, and correspondence provided to representatives who attended the meetings. IAM President Albert Hayes was a member of the Conference Committee.
Collection retains its original order.
This collection was part of the Library of the Research Department of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAMAW). The library was donated to the Southern Labor Archives by the IAMAW prior to 2003.
Donated by the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers.
Processed by William W. Hardesty, 10 August 2022.
- White House Conference on Education
- A Guide to the International Association of Machinists Collection at Georgia State University Library
- William W. Hardesty
- 10 August 2022
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