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Guide to the Actors' Equity Association Records WAG.011

Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archive
Elmer Holmes Bobst Library
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New York, NY 10012
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Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives

Collection processed by K. Kevyne Baar, 2003-2006. Preliminary processing by Martha S. Lo Monaco and Miriam Frank, 1987.

This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on January 30, 2020
Finding aid written in English using Describing Archives: A Content Standard

 Edited by Hillel Arnold for compliance with DACS and Tamiment Required Elements for Archival Description Jasmine Larkin edited Series X. Unprocessed Materials. In addition, the finding aid was edited for compliance with DACS and ACM Required Elements for Archival Description Edited by Nicole Greenhouse for updated administrative information and archived websites 2012 , October 2017 , January 2020

Container List

Series IX: Archived Websites, September 2007-ongoing. 6 websites in 6 archived websites.

Actors' Equity Association Archived Website: September 2007-June 2017


Actors' Equity Association Archived Website: September 2007-ongoing


The Equity League Archived Website: September 2007-ongoing


Actor's Equity Foundation Archived Website: December 2019-ongoing


Everyone On Stage Archived Website: December 2019-ongoing


Ask If It's Equity! Archived Website: January 2019-ongoing


Scope and Content Note

Actors' Equity Association ("AEA" or "Equity"), founded in 1913, is the labor union that represents more than 48,000 actors and stage managers in the United States. Equity seeks to advance, promote and foster the art of live theatre as an essential component of our society. Equity negotiates wages and working conditions and provides a wide range of benefits, including health and pension plans, for its members. Actors' Equity is a member of the AFL-CIO, and is affiliated with FIA, an international organization of performing arts unions. The website contains their newsletter, Equity News, news listings, member benefits, agreements, election information, and meeting listings.

The series also includes the websites for the Actor's Equity Foundation, which is a nonprofit organization established in 1962 to provide grant funding to theaters, financial support for agencies within the arts community, and and financial awards to individual actors. The main AEF site details these grant, award, and other funding opportunities in addition to detailing the organization's history, staff, and structure. The Equity League site details benefits available to actors including health insurance information, pension information, 401k plan information, employer-specific information, and a blog. Ask If It's Equity! is a site intended to promote AEF affiliated touring Broadway shows and features a searchable list of AEF touring theater companies. Everyone On Stage is a campaign advocating for ensemble and chorus actors' eligibility for Tony and other industry awards.

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