The Screen Writers’ Guild records detail the activities and development of members and the board. The collection contains
early guild documents, correspondence, membership records, awards materials, and other items.
The Screen Writers’ Guild began in 1921 as a club for film writers working in Hollywood. Membership included induction into
the social group The Writers as well as professional affiliation with the Authors' League of America. In 1933, members formalized
the Screen Writers’ Guild as a labor union and it blossomed into the central organization representing screenwriters. In
1938, the Guild was officially recognized as a labor union with collective bargaining rights. By 1941, writers began working
under the first approved contracts. In 1954, the Screen Writers’ Guild merged with the television and radio guilds, and branched
into two divisions, Writers Guild of America, West in Los Angeles and Writers Guild of America, East in New York.
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