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Actors' Equity Association Correspondence

An inventory of its correspondence at Syracuse University

Overview of the Collection

Creator: Actors' Equity Association.
Title: Actors' Equity Association Correspondence
Inclusive Dates: 1919-1928
Quantity: 1 folder, 38 items (SC)
Abstract: Correspondence of actors, actresses, directors, producers, and playwrights, including that of Heywood Broun, Richard Carle, Sheldon Cheney, Ernest H. Culbertson, Dudley Digges, Kenneth MacGown, Josephine A. Meyer, Channing Pollock, Arthur Richman, Joseph Santley, Blanche Yurka, and others.
Language: English
Repository: Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries
222 Waverly Avenue
Syracuse, NY 13244-2010

Biographical History

The Actors' Equity Association is an American labor union that represents theater artists and stage managers. Although founded in 1913 it was not officially recognized as a labor union until it joined the America Federation of Labor in 1919 and undertook a successful strike. In 1955 it merged with the Chorus Equity Association.

Actors' Equity has a strong record of supporting its members impartially and without bias. The organization opposed segregation as early as the 1940s, and in the 1950s (unlike its sister organization the Screen Actors' Guild) Actors' Equity refused to participate in the McCarthy era blacklisting of stage and screen stars accused of "un-American activities." It assisted the founding of the National Endowment for the Arts (1960s), fought to preserve historic Broadway theatres (1970s), and has taken a central role in raising public awareness of HIV/AIDS.

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Scope and Contents of the Collection

The Actors' Equity Association Correspondence consists of 38 pieces of correspondence. Actors represented include Heywood Broun, Kenneth MacGown, Channing Pollock, and others.

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Use Restrictions

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Subject Headings


Meyer, Josephine A. (Josephine Amelia), b. 1884
Broun, Heywood, 1888-1939.
Carle, Richard, 1871-1941.
Cheney, Sheldon, 1886-
Culbertson, Ernest Howard.
MacGown, Kenneth, 1888-1963.
Pollock, Channing, 1880-1946.
Richman, Arthur, 1886-1944.
Yurka, Blanche.

Corporate Bodies

Actors' Equity Association.


Labor unions -- Actors -- United States.
Theater -- United States.

Genres and Forms


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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Preferred citation for this material is as follows:

Actors' Equity Association Correspondence
Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries

Finding Aid Information

Created by: [Summit record]
Date: 2001-01-01
Revision history: 23 Aug 2007 - converted to EAD (MRC)

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