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Guide to the Actors’ Equity Association Records
||Actors' Equity Association.
||Actors' Equity Association Records
||The Actors’ Equity Association (AEA) is the labor union of professional theatrical
performers and stage managers. It was founded in 1913 but did not gain full recognition
as the bargaining agent for actors until the historic strike of 1919. The AEA negotiates
contracts and agreements, arbitrates contract disputes, regulates the importation
of alien actors, regulates charges by theatrical agents, provides a pension plan and
welfare fund, and otherwise assists the theatrical industry. The Archives holds Actors’
Equity records for the period 1913-1980s; this guide describes records covering the
first seventy-six years of the union’s history, including constitutions, by-laws and
rule books; early records, 1913-1929; general files, 1930-1989; membership files,
contract files, claims files, and correspondence with other unions, guilds and federations.
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