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Guide to the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA) National Office Records WAG.281

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

Collection processed by K. Kevyne Baar with Ellie d'Eustachio, Aidan Kinney, Kelsey Marksteiner

This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit on January 31, 2013
Description is in English. using Describing Archives: A Content Standard

 Revised by Rachel Searcy  , January 2013

Descriptive Summary

 
Creator: American Federation of Television and Radio Artists.
Title: American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA) National Office Records
Dates [inclusive]: 1930-1990, bulk 1952-1985
Dates [bulk]: Bulk, 1952-1985
Abstract: The American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA), founded in 1952, is a union of approximately 70,000 members representing professional actors, journalists, dancers, singers, announcers, hosts, comedians, and disc jockeys from numerous media industries, including television, radio, cable, sound recordings, video productions, commercials, audio books, non-broadcast industrials, interactive games, internet productions, and other digital media. The union traces its origins to the 1937 founding of the American Federation of Radio Artists (AFRA) with 400 members and locals in New York and Los Angeles. In 2012, after numerous attempts, AFTRA and the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) successfully merged to form SAG-AFTRA. This guide describes the records of AFTRA's National office from its founding through 1990. The collection consists of photographs, memoranda, correspondence, meeting minutes, financial records, formal agreements, recorded negotiations, constitutions and by-laws, and legal files documenting claims and arbitrations. The materials document the union’s daily operations and governance, in addition to broader labor and social issues through the lens of entertainers and performers, including civil rights, anti-communism investigations, and workers’ rights and protections. The collections also includes materials documenting the union’s relationships and interactions with related domestic and international guilds and federations for performers.
Quantity: 174.0 linear feet in 174 record cartons
Language of Materials: Materials are in English.
Call Phrase: WAG.281