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Guide to the Actors' Fund of America Records WAG.036

Elmer Holmes Bobst Library
70 Washington Square South
New York, NY, 10012
(212) 998-2630

Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archive

Collection processed by Craig Savino, 2006-2008 and Adrien Hilton, 2009; Series XI added by Giana Ricci and Rachel Schimke.

This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit on June 21, 2016
Finding aid is in English using Describing Archives: A Content Standard

 Edited by Maggie Schreiner to update administrative information and by Erika Gottfried to reflect addition of materials in December 2014. Edited by Heather Mulliner to include 2015 donation  , Nov 2015

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Actors' Fund of America.
Title: Actors' Fund of America Records
Dates [inclusive]: 1880-2014
Abstract: Founded in 1882, largely through the leadership of Harrison Grey Fiske, the Actors’ Fund of America is a human services organization that makes available aid to professionals in the performing arts and entertainment industry. In general, the Actors’ Fund acts as a safety net, offering a range of social and health-related services for members of the performing arts community who are in need or crisis. The Fund maintains a home for the elderly with an extended care nursing facility, runs the Al Hirschfeld Free Health Clinic in New York City, and directs a number of other programs and initiatives, including the Actors Work Program, the AIDS Training and Education Project and the Phyllis Newman Women’s Health Initiative. Over the years the Fund has raised money to support its programs through annual galas, benefit performances of theatrical productions, fairs, bazaars, auctions, and fundraising drives. The collection includes minutes, annual reports, and general subject files of the Actors’ Fund from its founding to 2014. There is substantial documentation of fundraising activities, including files on the planning of benefit performances and lavishly illustrated souvenir programs. A series of scrapbooks, comprised mostly of clippings and printed ephemera about the Actors’ Fund and its benefit performances, also includes obituaries of theater professionals and memorabilia collected by individuals associated with the Fund. The collection also contains records entrusted to the Fund by individuals or families and material produced by related organizations, for example, the Basil Rathbone Family Papers, the Aldrich Family Papers, and records of the Catholic Actors Guild and the Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers.
Quantity: 47.25 linear feet in 53 boxes
Location note: Boxes 1-38 and 53 are stored offsite and advance notice is required for use. Please contact at least two business days prior to research visit. Boxes 39-52 are located onsite at the Tamiment Library.
Language of Materials note: Materials are in English
Call Phrase: WAG.036