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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 3: COCO and the Telecommunication IndustryAdd to your cart.
Sub-Series 1: Conferences on DeregulationAdd to your cart.
Box 7Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Conferences-Deregulation of Telecommunications: Its Impact on the Community, 1982 Erie, PA (Mar 19)Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Chicago, IL (Jun 15-16)Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Pork, PA (Aug 26)Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Chicago, IL (Sept 17)Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Johnstown, PA (Oct 14)Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Oak Brook, IL (Oct 18)Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Peoria, IL (Oct 22)Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Reading, PA (Nov 1)Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Louisville, KY (Nov 15)Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Little Rock, AR (Nov 29)Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Springfield, VA (Dec 6)Add to your cart.
Folder 12: Springfield, VA (Dec 6)Add to your cart.
Folder 13: Springfield, VA (Dec 6)Add to your cart.
Folder 14: Springfield, VA (Dec 6)Add to your cart.
Folder 15: Syracuse, NY (Dec 8)Add to your cart.
Folder 16: Conference-Deregulation of Telecommunications: Its Impact on the Community, 1983 Columbus, OH (Jan 27)Add to your cart.
Folder 17: East Lansing, MI (Feb 8)Add to your cart.
Folder 18: Albany, NY (Mar 2)Add to your cart.
Folder 19: Buffalo, NY (Apr 29)Add to your cart.
Folder 20: New Haven, CT (May 24)Add to your cart.
Folder 21: Charleston, WV (May 26)Add to your cart.
Folder 22: New York, NY (June 14)Add to your cart.
Folder 23: Baltimore, MD (June 28)Add to your cart.
Folder 24: Elkhart, IN (July 15)Add to your cart.
Folder 25: Erie, PA (Sept 12)Add to your cart.
Folder 26: Piscataway, NJ (Sept 23)Add to your cart.
Box 8Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Conference-Deregulation of Telecommunications: Its Impact on the Community, 1983 Woodbury, NY (Oct 7)Add to your cart.
Folder 2: New Albany, IN (Oct 11)Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Montepelier, VT (Oct 31)Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Hagerstown, MD (Nov 2)Add to your cart.
Folder 5: White Plains, NY (Nov 16)Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Clarksburg, WV (Nov 29)Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Indianapolis, IN (Dec 6)Add to your cart.
Sub-Series 2: Joint Consumer Advisory Panel MeetingsAdd to your cart.
Box 8Add to your cart.
Folder 8: General Information, 1975-1983Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Accomplishments/Annual ReportsAdd to your cart.
Folder 10: AppointmentsAdd to your cart.
Folder 11: SurveyAdd to your cart.
Folder 12: Meetings: 1975 Dec 08Add to your cart.
Folder 13: 1976 May 12Add to your cart.
Folder 14: 1976 Aug 16Add to your cart.
Folder 15: 1976 Nov 07Add to your cart.
Folder 16: 1976 Dec 16Add to your cart.
Folder 17: 1977 May 16Add to your cart.
Folder 18: 1977 Dec 12Add to your cart.
Folder 19: 1978 Mar 10-11Add to your cart.
Folder 20: 1978 Jun 01-03Add to your cart.
Folder 21: 1978 Jul 27-28Add to your cart.
Folder 22: 1978 Sept 28-29Add to your cart.
Folder 23: 1979 Jan 09-11Add to your cart.
Folder 24: 1979 Mar 14-15Add to your cart.
Folder 25: 1979 Jul 22-24Add to your cart.
Folder 26: 1979 Oct 18-20Add to your cart.
Folder 27: 1979 Dec 05-07Add to your cart.
Box 9: MeetingsAdd to your cart.
Folder 1: 1980 Feb 13-15Add to your cart.
Folder 2: 1980 Apr 08-10Add to your cart.
Folder 3: 1980 Jun 04-06Add to your cart.
Folder 4: 1980 Dec 03-05Add to your cart.
Folder 5: 1981 Feb 11-13Add to your cart.
Folder 6: 1981 Mar 25-27Add to your cart.
Folder 7: 1981 Jun 03-05Add to your cart.
Folder 8: 1981 Aug 05-07Add to your cart.
Folder 9: 1981 Oct 07-09Add to your cart.
Folder 10: 1982 Jan 06-08Add to your cart.
Folder 11: 1982 Apr 14-16Add to your cart.
Folder 12: 1982 Jun 02-04Add to your cart.
Folder 13: 1982 Jul 18-19Add to your cart.
Folder 14: 1982 Aug 04-06Add to your cart.
Folder 15: 1982 Oct 06-08Add to your cart.
Folder 16: 1982 Dec 01-03Add to your cart.
Folder 17: 1982 Dec 01-03Add to your cart.
Folder 18: 1983 Feb 02-04Add to your cart.
Folder 19: 1983 Aug 24-25Add to your cart.
Box 10: MeetingsAdd to your cart.
Folder 1: 1984 Jan 18-20Add to your cart.
Folder 2: 1984 Jan 18-20Add to your cart.
Folder 3: 1984 Mar 07-09Add to your cart.
Folder 4: 1984 May 09-11Add to your cart.
Folder 5: 1984 May 09-11Add to your cart.
Folder 6: 1984 Jul 11-13Add to your cart.
Folder 7: 1984 Sept 26-28Add to your cart.
Folder 8: 1984 Sept 26-28Add to your cart.
Folder 9: 1984 Nov 07-09Add to your cart.
Folder 10: 1984 Nov 07-09-DTS ApplicantsAdd to your cart.
Folder 11: 1984 Nov 07-09-DTS ApplicantsAdd to your cart.
Folder 12: 1985 Jan 09-11Add to your cart.
Folder 13: 1985 Mar 13-15Add to your cart.
Box 11: American Telephone and Telegraph Co. (AT&T)Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Communications Information PackageAdd to your cart.
Folder 2: Communications Information PackageAdd to your cart.
Folder 3: ComplaintsAdd to your cart.
Folder 4: Countryside CouncilAdd to your cart.
Folder 5: North American Telephone Association (NATA)Add to your cart.
Sub-Series 3: Reports and Transcribed Lectures Concerning TelecommunicationsAdd to your cart.
Box 11: ReportsAdd to your cart.
Folder 11: Transition Requirements of Proposed Communication Act Legislation, 1979Add to your cart.
Folder 12: How to Talk Back to the Telephone Company, 1980 Proposed Legislation Affecting the Telecommunications Industry, 1980Add to your cart.
Folder 13: Deregulation: Ringing the Changes for the Telephone Industry, 1982               Implications of the Restructuring of AT&T, 1982                 Social Responsibility, Contributions and Consumer Affairs, 1982               Long Distance Communication and the Distribution of Local Telephone Subsidies, 1982Add to your cart.
Folder 14: Christmas 1982 Telephone Rate Massacre, 1983Add to your cart.
Folder 15: Telecommunications Research and Action Center, 1984 The National Association for Better Broadcasting and Black Citizens for a Fair Media, 1984 How to Regulate AT&T, 1984Add to your cart.
Folder 16: Consumer Concerns Impacting the Telecommunications Industry  (American Association of Retired Persons, Consumer Federation of America), 1984Add to your cart.
Folder 17: Disconnects from the Local Telephone Network, 1984Add to your cart.
Folder 18: Local Connection Fees, 1984Add to your cart.
Folder 19: Telephone Industry-An Overview, 1984Add to your cart.
Folder 20: Older Consumer and the Breakup of the Bell System, 1985Add to your cart.
Folder 21: Meeting the Consumer Challenges of Divestiture, 1986Add to your cart.
Folder 22: Consumer's Guide to Telephone Service, n.d.Add to your cart.
Folder 23: Living in a New World, n.d.Add to your cart.
Box 12Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Rhode Island Consumer's CouncilAdd to your cart.
Folder 2: StatementsAdd to your cart.
Folder 3: Telecommunications EnvironmentAdd to your cart.
Folder 4: Printed Material: Articles and ClippingsAdd to your cart.
Folder 5: Printed Material: News Releases/BulletinAdd to your cart.
Sub-Series 4: Information from Other Telecommunications CompaniesAdd to your cart.
Box 12: TelecommunicationsAdd to your cart.
Sub-Series 1: Advisory MeetingsAdd to your cart.
Folder 6: Bell/PCC, Apr 1982, Jan 1983Add to your cart.
Folder 7: COCO/American Bell, Apr 1982Add to your cart.
Folder 8: COCO/AT&T Communications, Jun 1984Add to your cart.
Folder 9: COCO/ATTIX, Jun 1983Add to your cart.
Folder 10: COCO/NACAA/API, Apr 1980Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Energy Dialogue Retreat, Sep 1980Add to your cart.
Folder 12: Energy Dialogue Retreat, Sep 1980Add to your cart.
Folder 13: Indiana Bell Advisory Council, 1982Add to your cart.
Folder 14: Southern New England Telephone Consumer Advisory 1981Add to your cart.
Folder 15: Southern New England Telephone Consumer Advisory Panel, Apr 1981Add to your cart.
Sub-Series 5: Judicial Infomation and Goverment DocumentsAdd to your cart.
Box 13Add to your cart.
Sub-Series 1: Legal DocumentsAdd to your cart.
Folder 1: New England Telephone & Telegraph Co., 1983Add to your cart.
Folder 2: U.S. vs. Western Electric Company, 1982Add to your cart.
Sub-Series 2: FCC HearingsAdd to your cart.
Folder 3: Customer-Premises Equipment and Enhanced Services: Furnishing of, CC Docket No. 85-26Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Procedures for Implementing the Detariffing of, CC Docket No. 81-893Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Implications of the Telephone Industry's Primary Instrument Concept, CC Docket No. 78-36Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Implications of the Telephone Industry's Primary Instrument Concept, CC Docket No. 78-36Add to your cart.
Folder 7: MTS and WATS Market Structure Inquiry, CC Docket No. 78-72Add to your cart.
Folder 8: 1982 May 27Add to your cart.
Folder 9: 1982 Aug 06Add to your cart.
Folder 10: 1982 Sept 15Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Long-Run Regulation of AT&T's Basic Domestic Interstate Services, CC Docket No. 83-1147: 1984 Apr 02Add to your cart.
Folder 12: 1984 MayAdd to your cart.
Folder 13: 1984 Jun 04Add to your cart.
Sub-Series 3: Legislative ActsAdd to your cart.
Folder 14: Communications Act of 1978Add to your cart.
Folder 15: Communications Act of 1978Add to your cart.
Folder 16: Communications Act of 1978Add to your cart.
Folder 17: Analysis of Telecommunications Industry RestructuringAdd to your cart.
Box 14Add to your cart.
Sub-Series 3: Legislative ActsAdd to your cart.
Folder 1: Statement by Richard R. HoughAdd to your cart.
Folder 2: Statement by William M. EllinghausAdd to your cart.
Folder 3: Speeches by James A. LovellAdd to your cart.
Folder 4: Remarks by Joseph R. FogartyAdd to your cart.
Folder 5: H.R. 13015Add to your cart.
Folder 6: H.R. 13015Add to your cart.
Folder 7: H.R. 13015Add to your cart.
Folder 8: H.R. 13015Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Disabled Act of 1982Add to your cart.
Folder 10: H.R. 4102 and 4103Add to your cart.
Folder 11-14: H.R. 5421Add to your cart.
Folder 15: H.R. 6121Add to your cart.
Folder 16-18: Telecommunications/Deregulations Act of 1981Add to your cart.
Folder 17: Telecommunications/Deregulations Act of 1981Add to your cart.
Folder 18: Telecommunications/Deregulations Act of 1981Add to your cart.
Folder 19: Telecommunications/Deregulations Act of 1981: S 898Add to your cart.
Folder 20: Telecommunications/Deregulations Act of 1981: S 898Add to your cart.
Sub-Series 2: AmendmentsAdd to your cart.
Folder 21: Telecommunications Act of 1982Add to your cart.

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