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Colorado Education Association Records

Identifier: COU:373

Scope and Contents

SERIS I contains Board of Directors Minutes. SERIES II contains Delegate Assembly Minutes and Tapes. SERIES III includes miscellaneous minutes, reports, and paperwork related to the CEA as well as the reports and minutes of the certain subcommittees. SERIES IV contains issues of the CEA’s publication, Colorado School Journal, which contains articles concerning the laws and practice of teaching, as well as articles written by Colorado teachers. It is published yearly and is also available in the Norlin Library periodicals collection, extending up to 1976.


  • Creation: 1876 - 1970


The Colorado Teachers Association was organized in 1875, at a meeting in a high school building in Denver. In 1917 the association changed its name to the Colorado Education Association. Originally the organization discussed the propriety of educational content, considering the singing of patriotic songs and the adoption of new simplified spellings, but later on it developed a program to provide retirement stipends for teacher members, and even set up a health care program for members by 1944. It also helped provide education in rural parts of Colorado that were short of teachers. In the 1960s the CEA moved toward labor union related activities and collective bargaining for the sake of Colorado teachers.

In 1967 the Colorado Education Association helped create a collective bargaining agreement between the Denver Classroom Teachers Association and the Denver School Board. This was the first agreement of its kind in Colorado, and afterwards the CEA went on to create similar agreements in over 15 other counties during the late 1960s. It was not until 1977 that the Colorado Supreme Court ruled that these kinds of negotiations were legal in the state.

Ever since the late 1960s the CEA has wielded great influence in Colorado education, not only negotiating in their own right but also training local unions in the process of negotiating and writing contract language. The CEA has also given advisement to other state groups such as the Colorado Nurses Association. The CEA is the largest teachers union in Colorado and has associated groups in each counties of Colorado. It is itself associated with the National Education Association.


31.5 linear feet (Series 1: 5 Boxes Series 2: 3 Boxes Series 3: 2 Boxes Series 4: 11 Boxes 2 oversize)

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The Colorado Education Association formed as an organization of teachers. Founded in 1875 as the Colorado Teacher’s Association, it continues as an influential organization for lobbying educational issues before the Colorado state legislature. The collection contains minutes of the Board of Directors, official programs, minutes of Delegate Assemblies, financial reports, and the Colorado School Journal.


This collection is arranged into the following series: SERIES I Board of Directors Minutes SERIES II Delegate Assembly Minutes Delegate Assembly Tapes SERIES III Reports Financial Reports Official Programs SERIES IV Colorado School Journal OVRZ.

Inventoried by: Staff Reformatted and Edited by: William Sutherland-Keller, 2013.
November 20, 2013
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Part of the University of Colorado Boulder Libraries, Rare and Distinctive Collections Repository

1720 Pleasant Street
184 UCB
Boulder Colorado 80503 United States