The Currin V. Shields Papers were donated to the University Archives in November 1987 by Mrs. Currin V. Shields (Marjorie). Prior to his death in 1984, Currin Shields was active in consumer affairs and consumer organizations on the national and local levels. He was a faculty member in the Department of Government at the University of Arizona from 1960-1984, and director of the Community Services Center, 1972-1984.
The Shields papers are part of the Consumer Movement Archives (CMA) established by the K-State Libraries in 1987. The purpose of the CMA is to provide a national repository for historical materials of leaders in the consumer movement and for records of consumer organizations, and to promote scholarly research in this field.
The papers are contained in four document boxes (1.6 linear feet) and span the years 1966-1987. They are organized in the following series, 1) Arizona Consumers Council, 1966-1984, 2) Arizona Dairy Products Litigation, 1974-1987, 3) Conference of Consumer Organizations, 1973-1975, and 4) Printed Material, 1974-1982. The collection contains correspondence, memoranda, minutes, reports, legal and financial documents, newspaper clippings, brochures and newsletters.
The bulk of the collection documents Shields' association with the Arizona Consumers Council (2 boxes) and the Conference of Consumer Organizations. The papers describe his activities with consumer organizations and identify the consumer issues they were addressing. The collection contains papers of Marjorie Shields' participation in consumer affairs, especially her role in litigation against dairy firms in Arizona.
The literary rights of the unpublished writings of Currin Shields have been transferred to the University Archives of Kansas State University. There are no restrictions regarding access to the papers.
The Currin V. Shields Papers are identified as University Archives accession number 100 (revised number, PC 1988.26). Processing of the papers was completed by Anthony R. Crawford in March 1988.
Related collections in the Consumer Movement Archives include: Richard L. D.Morse Papers, Louis Meyer Papers, and the Consumer Education Resource Network Records.
1918 Born, LaPorte, IN 1937-1938 Advertising art dept., Chicago Tribune 1939-1941 Research assistant, Legislative Council, Nebraska 1941 A.B. degree, University of Nebraska 1941-1943 Research assistant, political science dept., University of Wisconsin 1943 Ph.M. degree, University of Wisconsin 1943-1944 Assistant to director, Civil Affairs Training School 1944-1946 2nd lietenant, U.S. Army 1946-1947 Assistant in instruction, Cowles fellow, political science dept., Yale University 1948-1950 Instructor, Yale University 1950 Ph.D., degree, Yale University 1950-1960 Assistant and associate professor, political science dept., UCLA 1953-1955 22nd Congressional District, Democratic Council of California 1953-1955 Host, radio program, "What's the Issue?" station KFWB, Hollywood 1953-1961 Consultant, legislative education program, United Steelworkers of America 1955-1957 Co-chairman, political action committee, California Democratic Council 1958 Author, Democracy and Catholicism in America 1959-1960 Consultant, National Endowment for the Humanities 1960 Married Marjorie Miller Rowe (second marriage) 1960-1984 Professor, Department of Government, University of Arizona 1963-1972 Director, Institute of Government Research, University of Arizona 1968 Democratic candidate for governor of Arizona 1969-1974 Board member, Consumer Federation of America 1969-1980 President, Arizona Consumers Council 1970 Platform Committee, Democratic Party of Arizona 1972-1984 Director, Community Services Center, Univ. of Arizona 1973-1975 Member, consumer advisory committee, Federal Energy Commission 1975-1979 Member, National Advertising Review Board 1974-1977 Chairman, National Conference of Consumer Organizations 1975-1978 Director, Group Health of Arizona 1976-1984 Member, President's Consumer Advertising Council 1976-1984 Director, National Consumer Affairs Internship Program 1977-1984 Director, National Consumer Symposium, Inc. 1984 Died, April 25 (Age 66)
The four boxes of Currin V. Shields Papers are associated with his activities in the consumer movement from 1966-1984. They also reflect Marjorie Shields' involvement in consumer affairs, especially the Arizona Dairy Products Litigation that extended to 1986. Papers describing Shields' career as an educator and his political activities (he was the Democratic candidate for governor of Arizona in 1970) are not included in the collection.
The Shields Papers are organized into four separate series thereby preserving, for the most part, the order in which they were maintained by Shields and received by the Consumer Movement Archives at KSU. A few minor adjustments in the arrangement were made to facilitate labeling and access. For example, in the Arizona Consumers Council series the financial documents and typed reports were separated into individual sub-series. In addition, groups of printed material were brought together in the fourth series.
Currin Shields was a national figure in the consumer movement. He was president of the Arizona Consumers Council in from 1969 to 1980, and the organizer of the Conference of Consumer Organizations in 1973. He directed the National Consumer Affairs Internship Program, National Consumer Symposium, and Consumer Affairs Seminar. His papers document his association with these organizations and the consumer issues both he and the groups addressed.
The first series, Arizona Consumers Council (1966-1984), is housed in two document boxes and comprises the largest series in the collection. It is divided into four subseries; correspondence, general files, financial documents and reports. The items are in chronological order within each subseries. The correspondence and general files constitute all but three of the folders in this series.
Dr. Shields maintained the ACC correspondence and general files in separate notebooks, although their contents are similar. The major difference between the two is the correspondence series contains Shields' individual letters and documents regarding the ACC and his activities, while the general files include correspondence, minutes, surveys, membership data, annual and board meeting documents and miscellaneous material related to the affairs of the organization. The general files can be described as the central office files for the ACC while Shields was president from 1969-1980. Both sub-series contain papers dealing with the major consumer issues the ACC was confronting including the following: consumer protection program for Arizona, consumer fraud, unit pricing regulations, energy and environment, public utility rates, milk and bread prices, food price fixing, labeling and dating of perishable foods, national meat boycotts, food sale tax, aging, group health plans, Arizona Consumers cooperative store, anti-trust suit against bakeries, price fixing suit against Tuscon Cement Co., and bicycle safety.
The ACC correspondence contains letters between Shields and the following consumer leaders: Erma Angevine, Carol Tucker, Lee Richardson, Ester Peterson, and Edwin Palumbo; Arizona senators and representatives (Douglas S. Holsclaw, Helen Grace Carlson, David B. Stone, Manuel Pena and Anna J. Cullinan); consumer groups in other states, state and local government officials, national organizations such as the Consumer Federation of American, and federal agencies including the U.S. Office of Consumer Affairs, U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission Federal Energy Administration, and Federal Trade Commission.
The remaining ACC subseries contain financial documents for 1977-1978 and seven typed reports on consumer issues, 1972-1976.
The second series of the Shields Papers, Arizona Dairy Products Litigation, contains four files of legal documents and correspondence regarding a class action suit against four major dairies for violation of antitrust laws (1974-1976; 1986-1987). The class action was a partial result of the bread and milk price surveys conducted by the Arizona Consumers Council in the 1970s. Currin and Marjorie Shields were plaintiffs in the case. The litigation continued after Dr. Shields' death and the files indicate Mrs. Shields involvement, including settlements in favor of the plaintiffs.
Material associated with the Conference of Consumer Organizations (COCO) is contained in series three. It is stored in 21 folders and covers the years 1973-1975. The series was kept in its original order of three related sub-series; correspondence, general and steering committee. The entire series reflects the formation and early years of COCO and Shields' direct involvement with establishing the organization and service as chairman.
Related organizations represented in the COCO series include: National Symposium on Consumer Movement, numerous state consumer organizations, Consumer Federation of America, Consumers Union, Arizona Consumers Council, and National Consumers Congress. Individual correspondents include: Colston E. Warne, Roy Kiesling, Patricia Van Betten, Lynn B. Jordan, William Fasse, Eileen Hoats, Janet Ann Hutchinson, Robert McEwen, William Pate, Helen E. Nelson, Ellen Zawel, Arline Mathews, Louis Meyer and Henry E.K. Lee. COCO documents consist of by-laws, minutes, reports, membership data, financial statements and correspondence.
The fourth series of the Shields' Papers contains printed material divided into four sub-series as follows: Conference of Consumer Organizations, National Consumer Affairs Internship Program, National Symposium on Consumer Movement/National Consumer Symposium, and Consumer Affairs Seminar.
The COCO sub-series contains two folders of its monthly newsletter, Intercom, for the years 1974-78.
The National Consumer Affairs Internship Program was initiated by Shields in 1975. Originally a joint project between COCO and the American Council on Consumer Interests. It was chartered as a separate non-profit educational corporation in the State of Arizona in 1978. The six folders (1975-1983) contain brochures, articles of incorporation, internship descriptions, application procedures, membership lists, and newsletters.
Printed items describing the National Symposium on the Consumer Movement (1973-1975)/ National Consumer Symposium (1976-1979) make up the third sub-series. This annual conference was directed by Shields as part of the Community Services Center, Division of Continuing Education, University of Arizona. The material consists of descriptions of the symposium, programs, and lists of speakers and registrants.
The Consumer Affairs Seminar (4th sub-series) was also conducted by the Community Services Center at the University of Arizona. Each of the five seminars from 1976 to 1980 is described in a folder of printed material.
Box Folder Arizona Consumers Council Correspondence 1 01 1969 (Dec)-1970 1971 02 Jan 03 Feb 1-15 04 Feb 15-28 05 Mar-Apr 06 May 07 Jun-Aug 08 Sep 09 Nov 10 Dec 1972 11 Jan-Apr 12 May-Nov 13 1973 14 1974 15 1975 1976 16 Feb 17 Mar-May 18 Aug-Dec General Files 19 1966-1969 20 Consumer Fraud, 1967 21 Maricopa County, 1967 1969 22 Jan-Aug 23 Oct-Dec 1970 24 Jan-Sep 25 Oct-Nov 26 Dec 1971 27 Jan 28 Feb-Mar 29 Apr-May 30 Jun-Jul 2 01 Aug-Sep 02 Oct 03 Nov-Dec 1972 04 Jan-Mar 05 Apr-Jul 06 Aug-Dec 1973 07 Jan-Apr 08 May-Sep 09 Oct-Dec 1974 10 Jan-Jun 11 Jul-Dec 1975 12 May-Jun 13 Jul-Oct 14 Nov-Dec 1976 15 Jan 16 Feb-Mar 17 May-Dec 1977 18 Jan-Feb 19 Mar-Apr 20 Nov-Dec 21 1978 22 1978, Bicycle Safety Educ. Report 1979 23 Jan-Jun 24 Jul-Dec 25 1980 26 1981 27 1982 28 1983-1984 Financial Documents 3 01 Treasurer's Reports, 1977-1978 Reports 02 Reports, N.D. 03 Reports, N.D. Arizona Dairy Products Litigation 04 1980 05 1986 06 1986 07 1987 08 Newspaper Clippings, 1974-1976 Conference of Consumer Organizations Correspondence 09 1973 1974 10 Jan-Feb 11 Mar-Apr 12 Jun-Sep 13 Oct-Dec 1975 14 Jan-Mar 15 Apr General Files 16 1973, Dec 1974 17 Jan-May 18 Sep-Dec 19 Dec, Membership 1975 20 Jan-Apr 21 May-Jul Steering Committee 22 1973, Dec 23 1973, Dec 24 1973, Dec 1974 25 Jan 26 Feb 27 Mar-May 28 Jun-Oct 29 Nov 30 1975, Mar Printed Material Conference of Consumer Organizations Intercom 4 01 1974-1975 02 1976-1978 National Consumer Affairs Internship Program 03 1975 04 1976 05 1978 06 1982 07 1983 08 Newsletters, 1978-1982 09 National Symposium on Consumer Movement (1st), 1973 10 National Symposium on Consumer Movement (1st), 1973 11 National Symposium on Consumer Movement (2nd), 1974 12 National Symposium on Consumer Movement (2nd), 1974 13 National Symposium on Consumer Movement (3rd), 1975 14 National Consumer Symposium (4th), 1976 15 National Consumer Symposium (4th), 1976 16 National Consumer Symposium (5th), 1977 17 National Consumer Symposium (5th), 1977 18 National Consumer Symposium (6th), 1978 19 National Consumer Symposium (7th), 1979 Consumer Affairs Seminar 20 1976 21 1977 22 1978 23 1979 24 1980 Addition received from Marjorie Shields, Jan. 23, 1989 4 25 Legal documents: National Consumer Symposium, 1977-1982