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Guide to the Screen Actors Guild, New York Branch Records WAG.178

Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archive
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Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives

Collection processed by Teresa R. Taylor

This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on June 22, 2018
Description is in English using Describing Archives: A Content Standard

Scope and Content Note

The minutes of the New York Section of the Screen Actors' Guild reflect the governance and activities of SAG at the local branch level and provide insight into New York SAG's evolving role in the national organization. The minutes also reveal much about SAG's relationship to other unions both in and outside of the entertainment industry. SAG's relationship to various non-union sectors of the motion picture industry, including production companies, agencies, and distributors, is also documented.

In a broader context, the minutes reveal much about SAG's involvement in and reactions to trends, problems, innovations and transformations within the entertainment industries as they relate to national and worldwide events. Examples of broader relevant topics include the Great Depression, the labor movement, World War ll, the "red scare" of the McCarthy Era, the civil rights movement, the feminist movement, and the Vietnam War. The effects of such technological developments as the advent of television broadcasting on the entertainment industry can also be discovered through the records of SAG.

Because of the relative isolation of the New York Branch until 1965, information about the national organization prior to 1965 is scant. Moreover, the series of minutes of the National Board of Directors 1965-1975 (Series IV) is incomplete. Also missing from this collection are records of the New York Branch from 1938-1954. It is possible that much of this material was discarded or destroyed. A memo from the president to the Executive Committee on Oct. 25, 1968 recommended that "correspondence files dating as far back as 1948" and other "non-essential" material be thrown out to increase space in the New York office.


This collection is arranged into seven series:
Series I: New York Council: Minutes, Communications, and Resolutions
Series II: New York Directors of the National Board
Series III: New York Directors of the National Board: Executive Committee
Series IV: National Board of Directors
Series V: Proceedings of the Membership Meetings of the New York Branch of the Scree Actors Guild
Series VI: Unprocessed Materials
Series VII: Archived Website

Folders are arranged chronologically within series.