Print / View Finding Aid as Single Page

Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives logo

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

Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archive
Elmer Holmes Bobst Library
70 Washington Square South
2nd Floor
New York, NY 10012
(212) 998-2596

Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives

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 ArchivesSpace on December 10, 2019
Finding aid is in English using Describing Archives: A Content Standard

 Record updated by Rachel Searcy to reflect 2017 accretion Edited by Nicole Greenhouse for additional administration information and the incorporation of archived websites  , April 2019 , November 2019

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Actors' Fund of America
Source: Actors' Fund of America
Source - dnr: Engelman, David
Title: Actors' Fund of America Records
Dates [inclusive]: 1880-2017
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: 47.75 Linear Feet in 55 boxes
Quantity: 3 websites in three archived websites.
Location: Some materials are stored offsite and advance notice is required for use. Please request materials at least two business days prior to your research visit to coordinate access.
Language: Materials are in English.
Call Phrase: WAG.036