Sandra Silberstein papers: 1973-1980
Summary Information
Title: Sandra Silberstein papers
Creator: Silberstein, Sandra, 1948-
Inclusive dates: 1973-1980
Extent: 1 linear foot
Extent: 1 oversize folder
Sandra Silberstein was a student at the University of Michigan and the first president of the Graduate Employees Organization (GEO) in the year that it became the bargaining unit for graduate students. The collection contains newspaper coverage, membership handbooks, and Silberstein's handwritten notes documenting her involvement in the GEO.
Call number: 2017019 Aa 2 Ac
Language: The material is in English
Repository: Bentley Historical Library
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Finding aid created by Devon Proudfoot in May 2017.

Access and Use
Acquisition Information:

Donated by Sandra Silberstein (donor no. 11694) in April 2017.

Access Restrictions:

This collection is open without restriction.

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Donor(s) have transferred any applicable copyright to the Regents of the University of Michigan but the collection may contain third-party materials for which copyright was not transferred. Patrons are responsible for determining the appropriate use or reuse of materials.

Preferred Citation:

[item], folder, box, Sandra Silberstein papers, Bentley Historical Library, University of Michigan.


Sandra "Sandy" Silberstein was born in 1948. She received her Bachelor of Arts from State University of New York, Stony Brook before coming to the University of Michigan, where she received her Master of Arts (1971) and Ph.D. (1982) in Linguistics. While working on her doctorate and working as a teaching assistant, Silberstein joined the Graduate Employee's Organization (GEO), a labor union serving the university's Graduate Student Instructors and Graduate Student Staff Assistants. She went on to become president of the organization and would help the organization become the graduate employees official bargaining unit in 1975.

Since 1982 Silberstein has been teaching at the University of Washington.

Collection Scope and Content Note

The Sandra Silberstein papers contains records from her time as the president of the Graduate Employees Organization (GEO) during the 1970s. These document Silberstein’s involvements in the organization, including some of her handwritten notes from meetings. A large portion of the collection consists of the organizations handbooks and printed materials, but also, written histories of the organization. There are articles documenting the strike in 1975 and the surrounding communities support and critiques. This material can be found in the collections box as well as the oversize folder.

Subject Terms

This collection is indexed under the following headings in the finding aid database and catalog of The Bentley Historical Library/University of Michigan. Researchers desiring additional information about related topics should search the catalog using these headings.

  • College teachers' unions -- Michigan -- Ann Arbor.
  • Graduate teaching assistants -- Michigan -- Ann Arbor.
  • Strikes and lockouts -- College teachers -- Michigan -- Ann Arbor.
  • Silberstein, Sandra, 1948-
  • Graduate Employees Organization (University of Michigan)
  • University of Michigan -- Students.
Contents List
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Container / Location Title
Sandra Silberstein papers [series]
Box   1  
Graduate Employees Organization Presidential Files 1973-1980 (28 folders)
Oversize Folder   1  
Graduate Employees Organization Presidential Files 1973-1980 (1 oversize folder)


Additional Descriptive Data
Related Materials

The Bentley Historical Library houses the following related collection: Graduate Employees Organization (University of Michigan) Records