Associated Actors and Artists Papers

Collection Number: 5267

Kheel Center for Labor-Management Documentation and Archives, Cornell University Library


DESCRIPTIVE SUMMARY

Title:
Associated Actors and Artists Papers, 1940-1952
Collection Number:
5267
Creator:
Associated Actors and Artistes of America
Quantity:
1.5 linear ft.
Forms of Material:
Interviews, questionnaires, statistics .
Repository:
Kheel Center for Labor-Management Documentation and Archives, Cornell University Library
Abstract:
Consist primarily of reports and supporting research materials collected for a study on the proposed merger of several performers' unions affiliated with the Associated Actors and Artistes of America. The unions were: Actors' Equity Association (AEA); American Federation of Radio Artists (AFRA); American Guild of Variety Artists (AGVA); Television Authority (TVA); American Guild of Musical Artists (AGMA); and Chorus Equity Association (CEA).
Language:
Collection material in English


BIOGRAPHICAL NOTE

Study conducted by a committee of three professors of industrial and labor relations in order to advise six Associated Actors and Artistes of America (AAAA) unions on their proposed merger.
The merger study (1951-1952) by Robert Aronson (New York State School of Industrial and Labor Relations), and Edgar Warren and Michael Komaroff (Institute of Industrial and Labor Relations, University of California at Los Angeles) examined the structure, administration, finances and problems of jurisdiction of the various performers' unions, and made proposals for the design and functions of the combined organization.

COLLECTION DESCRIPTION

Consist primarily of reports and supporting research materials collected for a study on the proposed merger of several performers' unions affiliated with the Associated Actors and Artistes of America. The unions were: Actors' Equity Association (AEA); American Federation of Radio Artists (AFRA); American Guild of Variety Artists (AGVA); Television Authority (TVA); American Guild of Musical Artists (AGMA); and Chorus Equity Association (CEA).
Materials include a study proposal; questionnaires; interview transcripts; lists of members; notes on socio- economic data on employees and unions; charts on union structure; reports of the study committee; notes and reports of conferences between the research committee and officers of the New York City, Chicago, and Los Angeles local unions regarding merger proposals (1952); correspondence, chiefly of Professor Robert Aronson and Professor Edgar Warren with Louis Simon (AEA), and Frank Reel and Raymond Jones (AFRA), on the merger proposals (1951-1952); and memoranda on the AFRA National Board meeting; (TVA) merger proposals; the constitution for a proposed merger of TVA and AFRA; and reports by Bernard and Reis Company, Margaret Webster and Edward Bernays pertaining to AAAA mergers (1940- 1949).
Research materials used by Aronson, Warren and Komaroff to study the organizational functions and structure of AAAA include research notes on union jurisdiction, collective agreements, dues, and economic problems of the member unions; union documents such as constitutions, work rules and collective agreements; financial statements; codes of fair practice; permits and rules governing performers' agents; statistical data on dues, type of talent, affiliation, insurance, expenses, and wages; and memoranda pertaining to AAAA charter, employment agencies for performers, and jurisdictional dispute settlement (1950-1952). Also publications, including issues of Equity (newsletter of AEA, 1929-1952); clippings on various merger proposals (1950-1960); and newsletters and bulletins of member unions (1951).
SUBJECTS

Names:
Actors' Equity Association
American Federation of Radio Artists
American Guild of Musical Artists
American Guild of Variety Artists
Associated Actors and Artistes of America
Bernard and Reis Company.
Chorus Equity Association
Television Authority
Aronson, Robert Louis
Bernays, Edward L., 1891 -
Jones, Raymond
Reel, Frank
Simon, Louis
Warren, Edgar F.
Webster, Margaret

Subjects:
Entertainers--United States--Salaries, pensions, etc.
Actors.
Entertainers.
Musicians.
Trade-union merger. United States.
Trade-unions. Actors. United States.
Trade-unions. Broadcasting employees. United States.
Trade-unions. Entertainers. United States.
Trade-unions. Musicians. United States.

Form and Genre Terms:
Interviews.
Questionnaires.
Statistics.


INFORMATION FOR USERS

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Cite As:
Associated Actors and Artists Papers #5267. Kheel Center for Labor-Management Documentation and Archives, Cornell University Library.

RELATED MATERIALS

Related Collections:
6046: Archives Union File (AUF)

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