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Louis S. Meyer papers

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Legislative and Consumer Issues

Conference of Consumer Organizations (COCO)

COCO and the Telecommunication Industry

Audiovisual Material



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Louis S. Meyer papers, 1973-1986 | Morse Department of Special Collections

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Collection Overview

Title: Louis S. Meyer papers, 1973-1986Add to your cart.

Primary Creator: Meyer, Louis S. (1925-)

Extent: 36.0 Linear Feet

Arrangement: The papers are contained in fourteen document boxes (6.10 linear feet) and span the years 1973-1986. The collection contains correspondence, reports, minutes, lectures, legal and financial documents, government documents, printed conference material, newspaper clippings and audio visual material. The papers are organized in the following series; 1) legislative and consumer issues, 2) Conference of Consumer Organizations (COCO) and, 3) COCO and the telecommunication industry. A fourth series contains audiovisual material including audio cassettes of various conference lectures and video cassettes of telecommunications information. This series comprises an additional 6 linear feet of material.

Subjects: Consumer movement

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The Louis S. Meyer papers reflect the varied consumer interests and activities Louis S. Meyer participated in from 1969-1986. His involvement in the consumer movement began as a successful businessman. With a degree in political science, he pursued a political life as a state campaign coordinator and became an expert in government and community interrelationships. With this latter expertise, Meyer became the consumer advisor and moderator for conferences held on the deregulation of the telecommunications industry.

This collection is organized into four series; 1) legislative and consumer issues, 2) organizational files of the conference of Consumer Organizations (COCO), 3) the relationship between COCO and the telecommunication industry, primarily with the American Telephone and Telegraph Company (AT&T) and, 4) audio visual material.

The first series of the collection demonstrates Meyer's concern with various consumer and legislative issues, such as medical malpractice reports, health and nutrition pamphlets, transcribed lectures on children's television advertising, pamphlets on the national use of the metric system and the Universal Product Code for pricing. His interest in rural and utility legislation led to a close contact with Senator Lee Metcalf of Montana who pursued such legislative acts as the Family Farm Development Act, the National Electrical Energy Conservation Act and the Consumer Representation Plan of 1975-1976. This close contact is seen by the correspondence in the series with the Senator and the numerous Congressional Records found in the collection. In 1975, Meyer became an active member of COCO and later held numerous administrative positions with the organization.

The second series contain organizational files from COCO which includes annual and financial reports, memberships lists, and minutes from the Steering Committee from 1976-1985. In this series, there is extensive conference material the donor collected and filed in notebooks. The conference material has been removed from the notebooks and filed in folders and boxes according to its original order.

The third series contains the bulk of the collection and documents the important role COCO and Meyer played in advising AT&T on consumer/community relations during the deregulation of 1979-1986. This series is divided into five sub-series; 1) conferences on deregulation, 2) Joint Consumer Advisory Panel Meetings, 3) reports and transcribed lectures concerning telecommunications, 4) information from other telecommunications companies, 5) judicial information and government documents. Community impact conferences were held on deregulation throughout the United States in 1982-1983. Meyer monitored the conferences and compiled material from each of these conferences. This material has been kept intact and is largely made up of pamphlets, agendas and reports. COCO and AT&T organized a Joint Consumer Advisory Panel in 1975 which met on a regular basis until 1985. All correspondence, minutes and agendas have been placed in chronological order and maintained as Meyer had compiled it. The collection contains numerous reports and transcribed lectures on telecommunication legislation and deregulation from 1979-1986. The processor placed these within the third sub-series due to related content. COCO advised other telecommunication companies.

The fourth sub-series documents the advisory meetings between companies including ATTIX, NACAA, and API, Southern New England Telephone and PCC from 1980-1984. The agendas and minutes of these meetings are within this sub-series. The final sub-series contains various judicial and government documents. The judicial information describes court cases of Western Electric (1982) and the New England Telephone and Telegraph (1983). There are Federal Communication Commission hearings concerning different telecommunication topics such as customer equipment and services, AT&T regulation of domestic and interstate services, and the MTS and WATS structure inquiry. This sub-series also contains legislative acts and bills including the Communications Act of 1978, Telecommunications/ Deregulations Act of 1981 and 1982 with their respective amendments, the Disabled Act of 1982 and various unnamed bills H.R. 13015, H.R. 4102 and 4103, H.R. 5421 and H.R. 6121.

The fourth series is audio visual material and contains recordings of audio and video cassettes. The audio cassettes are 60- and 90- minute tapes of various speakers at the Food and Education Conference (1974), Erie Consumer Credit (1976), COCO Internship Conference (1976), Utility and Energy Conference (1976), the Legislative and Regulatory Process Workshops (1976), and the Consumer Protection Conference (1977). There are also recorded lectures by Meyer on subjects such as the future of rural America, the food industry and consumer protection. The video cassettes' are primarily concerned with the telecommunications industry. Some deal with public relations, others are recorded interviews, still others are speakers at a utility conference. A 30 minute 16mm film, produced by COCO, called "Keeping Up With Technology" is also found in this series.

Biographical Note

The Louis S. Meyer Papers were donated to the University Archives on February 27, 1988 by Mr. Meyer. Louis Meyer is active in consumer affairs and national, state and local consumer organizations. He was a faculty member at Edinboro State College from 1968-1983 and director of the Institute for Community Services, 1974-1983. He presently is the director of the Pennsylvania Institute for Community Services, Edinboro, P.A.

1925      Born, Erie, PA

1943-1946 Active duty, United States Coast Guard

1949      B.A. degree, Allegheny College, PA

1949-1956 Department Manager and Buyer,  P.A. Meyer and Sons, Erie, PA

1956-1959 Executive Vice President/General Manager, P.A. Meyer and Sons

1958      Married, Kay Elsie Lawrence

1958-1959 Member: Board of Directors, Greater Erie Industrial Development Corporation

1960-1961 Graduate Assistant, political science department, Arizona State University

1961-1962 Research Assistant, Bureau of Government Research, Arizona State University

1962      M.A. degree, Arizona State University

1963      Faculty, University of Arizona

1963-1964 Faculty, AFL - CIO Labor School, Arizona

1964      Ph.D. degree, University of Arizona1964-1965 Assistant Professor, Arizona State University

1965-1966 Administrative Assistant, Governor Samuel Goddard, Arizona

1966-1967 Assistant Professor, University of Wyoming

1968      State Coordinator, Shields for Governor, Arizona

1968-1983 Professor, Edinboro State College, PA

1970-1973 Director: Bureau of Government Services, Edinboro State College

1974-1983 Director: Institute for Community Services, Edinboro State College

1975-1977 Member: National Joint Panel Conference of Consumer Organizations and Direct Selling Association

1975-1985 Member and Chairman: National Joint Panel, Conference of Consumer Organizations (COCO) and American              Telephone and Telegraph Company (AT&T)

1977-1985 Chairman: National Steering Committee, COCO

1978 -    Member and Chairman: Consumer Advisory Council Pennsylvania Power and Light Company

1978-    Member and Co-Chairman: Commonwealth Joint Panel, Pennsylvania Citizens Consumer Council/Bell Telephone of PA      1982 -    Member: National Advertising Review Board, Council of Better Business Bureaus, Washington, D.C.

1982-1983 Moderator: 36 conferences on Deregulation and Divestiture of the Telecommunications Industry

1983 -    Director: Pennsylvania Institute for Community Services, Edinboro, PA

1984 -    President: Pennsylvania Citizens Consumer Council

Subject/Index Terms

Consumer movement

Administrative Information

Repository: Morse Department of Special Collections

Access Restrictions: The literary rights of the unpublished writings of Louis S. Meyer have been transferred to the University Archives of Kansas State University. There are no restrictions regarding access to the papers.

Use Restrictions: The researcher assumes full responsibility for all copyright, property, and libel laws as they apply.

Technical Access Note: Video and audio cassette players.

Acquisition Source: Louis S. Meyer

Acquisition Method: Donation

Preferred Citation: Louis S. Meyer Papers, Morse Department of Special Collections, Kansas State University Libraries.

Processing Information:

Processing of the papers was completed by Lynda L. Bachelor in June 1988.

Archon processing by Edward Nagurny, graduate research assistant, May 2015.


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Series 1: Legislative and Consumer IssuesAdd to your cart.
Box 1Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Arizona Consumers CouncilAdd to your cart.
Folder 2: Childrens Television Advertising "Selling the Child" by Robert B. Choate, 1973Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Television License Renewal and Restraints on Television Advertising to Children, 1974Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Regulation of Children's Television Advertising, 1975Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Consumer ActionAdd to your cart.
Folder 6: Consumer Product Safety Commission/  General Information/ Fact Sheet/ Statement of Policy/ Responsibilities - Federal Register, 13 Aug 1977/ Proposed Regulations - Federal Register, 23 Mar 1977Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Aerosol ProductsAdd to your cart.
Folder 8: Fact SheetsAdd to your cart.
Folder 9: Home Canning Lid SafetyAdd to your cart.
Folder 10: Remarks by R. David Pittle, Consumer Problems, 24 Mar 1975Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Remarks by R. David Pittle, Improving Quality of Presidential Regulatory Appointments, 08 Sep 1976Add to your cart.
Folder 12: Remarks by R. David Pittle, Dynamics of Decision making on the Stratosphere, 16 Sep 1976Add to your cart.
Folder 13: Consumers Counsel Governing BoardAdd to your cart.
Folder 14: Health and Nutrition: Egg Nutrition - Consumer Action, 1975Add to your cart.
Folder 15: Food Day, 1975Add to your cart.
Folder 16: Meat and Poultry Product StandardsAdd to your cart.
Folder 17: Insurance: Health Services - Pima Health Council, 1976Add to your cart.
Folder 18: Medical MalpracticeAdd to your cart.
Folder 19: Medical Malpractice - Testimony by William Sheppard, Insurance Commissioner, Jul 1975Add to your cart.
Folder 20: Medical Malpractice - Claims, Dec 1975Add to your cart.
Box 2: Metcalf, Senator (D-Montana)Add to your cart.
Folder 1: CorrespondenceAdd to your cart.
Folder 2: News ReleaseAdd to your cart.
Folder 3: Special ReportsAdd to your cart.
Folder 4: Statements/TestimoniesAdd to your cart.
Folder 5: Sub-Committee ReleasesAdd to your cart.
Folder 6: MetricAdd to your cart.
Folder 7: Municipal Public PowerAdd to your cart.
Folder 8: National Consumer Affairs Training CenterAdd to your cart.
Folder 9: Newsletter: Consumer Affairs, 1985Add to your cart.
Folder 10: PIRG News, Sep 1974-Sep 1975Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Rural Electrification AdministrationAdd to your cart.
Folder 12: Universal Product Code: Price Awareness Study, 1975-1976Add to your cart.
Folder 13: Point of Sale Training Seminar, 1976 U.S.Add to your cart.
Folder 14: U.S. Congressional Records 90th CongressAdd to your cart.
Folder 15: 91st Congress, Feb-Dec 1969Add to your cart.
Folder 16: 91st Congress, Jan-Jun 1970Add to your cart.
Folder 17: 91st Congress, Jul-Dec 1970Add to your cart.
Folder 18: 92nd Congress, Feb-Dec 1971Add to your cart.
Folder 19: 92nd Congress, Jan-Sept 1972Add to your cart.
Folder 20: 93rd Congress, Jan-Jun 1973Add to your cart.
Folder 21: 93rd Congress, Jul-Dec 1973Add to your cart.
Folder 22: 93rd Congress, Jan 1974-Jan 1975Add to your cart.
Folder 23: 93rd Congress, Jan-Dec 1975Add to your cart.
Box 3Add to your cart.
Folder 1: 94th Congress, Jan-Jun 1976Add to your cart.
Folder 2: 94th Congress, Jul-Oct 1976Add to your cart.
Folder 3: 95th Congress, Feb 1977-Jan 1978Add to your cart.
Folder 4: 96th Congress, Apr 1979Add to your cart.
Folder 5: U.S. Legislative Acts: Consumer Representation Plan, 1975Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Consumer Representation Plan, 1976Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Family Farm Development ActAdd to your cart.
Folder 8: National Electrical Energy Conservation ActAdd to your cart.
Folder 9: Conference of Consumer Organizations (COCO)  Correspondence 1973-1974Add to your cart.
Folder 10: 1976Add to your cart.
Folder 11: 1977Add to your cart.
Folder 12: 1978 Jan-JunAdd to your cart.
Folder 13: 1978 Jul-DecAdd to your cart.
Folder 14: 1979 Jan-AprAdd to your cart.
Folder 15: 1979 May-SeptAdd to your cart.
Folder 16: 1979 Oct-DecAdd to your cart.
Folder 17: 1980 Jan-FebAdd to your cart.
Folder 18: 1980 Mar-AprAdd to your cart.
Folder 19: 1980 May-JunAdd to your cart.
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Folder 1: 1980 Jul-SeptAdd to your cart.
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Folder 3: 1981 Jan-FebAdd to your cart.
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Folder 5: 1981 May-JunAdd to your cart.
Folder 6: 1981 Jul-AugAdd to your cart.
Folder 7: 1981 Sept-DecAdd to your cart.
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Folder 9: 1982 Apr-DecAdd to your cart.
Folder 10: 1983 Jan-AprAdd to your cart.
Folder 11: 1983 May-DecAdd to your cart.
Folder 12: 1984 Jan-JuneAdd to your cart.
Folder 13: 1984 Jul-DecAdd to your cart.
Folder 14: 1985-1986Add to your cart.

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