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Guide to the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA), New York Local Records WAG.282

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 K. Kevyne Baar with Sara Roncero-Menendez and Nicole Greenhouse

This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit on February 18, 2015
English using Describing Archives: A Content Standard

 Revised by Rachel Searcy (2013); Edited by Maggie Schreiner to reflect updated administrative inforamtion  , February 2015

Descriptive Summary

Creator: American Federation of Television and Radio Artists.
Title: American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA), New York Local Office Records
Dates [inclusive]: 1948-1993
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 New York Local 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 collection also includes materials documenting the union's relationships and interactions with related domestic and international guilds and federations for performers.
Quantity: 99.0 linear feet in 98 record cartons and 1 oversize flat box
Location Note: Materials are stored offsite and advance notice is required for use. Please contact at least two business days prior to research visit.
Language of Materials Note: Materials are in English.
Call Phrase: WAG.282