The California Federation of Teachers
Collection includes the papers former CFT officials Raoul Teilhet, Regional Director,
CFT Southern Section; Ben Rust, CFT President 1951-1957; and Ralph Schloming, CFT
Executive Secretary 1959-1965. The collection consists primarily of administrative and
organizational records that document the activities of the union from 1941 to 1986, as
well as major legislative issues and general subject matters affecting
The California Federation of Teachers (CFT) is one of the largest affiliates of the
American Federation of Teachers (AFT), one of two major national organizations for the
classroom teacher. Effective lobbying efforts in the state capital have made the CFT an
important factor in the passage of many educational reform measures as initiatives. The
roots of the organization reach back to 1919 when it was founded as the California State
Federation of Teachers (CSFT). Its initial purpose was to unify the various educational
union locals under AFT aegis to represent teacher interests within local school
districts and to provide a central collective voice for classroom teachers throughout
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of this collection has not been transferred to California State University,
Northridge. Copyright status for other materials is unknown. Transmission or
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that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owners.
Works not in the public domain cannot be commercially exploited without permission of
the copyright owners. Responsibility for any use rests exclusively with the user.
The collection is open for research use.