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Guide to the American Guild of Musical Artists Records WAG.209

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 Annie Grunow, 2007

This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit on January 06, 2016

Descriptive Summary

Creator: American Guild of Musical Artists.
Title: American Guild of Musical Artists Records
Dates [inclusive]: 1918-1993, (Bulk 1935-1965)
Dates [bulk]: Bulk, 1935-1965
Abstract: The American Guild of Musical Artists (AGMA) was founded in 1936 in New York City to protect the interests of solo musical artists in the field of opera and later expanded to include dancers, choreographers and some categories of stage managers. The union became affiliated with the Associated Actors and Artistes of America (known as the 4A's) and established regional offices throughout the United States in addition to the main New York office. The records of two predecessor organizations, the Grand Opera Artists Association and the Grand Opera Choral Alliance comprise the earliest material in the collection. The bulk of the collection consists of the papers of AGMA's New York office, including correspondence, bargaining files and agreements, arbitration files, internal structure, member correspondence, an early membership ledger, clippings, convention Proceedings, scrapbooks, and records of guest status fees paid by artists from abroad. There are also a number of files documenting AGMA's relations with other theatrical unions, and many failed attempts at mergers between members of the 4A's.
Quantity: 15.0 linear feet (16 boxes)
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Call Phrase: WAG.209