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Finding Aid for the Writers' Congress records, 1943-1945
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Administrative Information
  • Biography
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  • Organization and Arrangement
  • Indexing Terms
  • Related Material

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Writers' Congress records
    Date (inclusive): 1943-1945
    Collection number: 141
    Creator: Writer's Congress (1943 : University of California at Los Angeles)
    Extent: 3 boxes (1.5 linear ft.)
    Abstract: The Writers' Congress was an initiative to bring together various people within the entertainment profession to discuss how film, radio, music, and the press could support war efforts. The Congress was held at the University of California, Los Angeles in October 1943. The collection consists of manuscript drafts and notes for the published proceedings as well as ephemera from the conference.
    Language: Finding aid is written in English.
    Repository: University of California, Los Angeles. Library Special Collections.
    Los Angeles, California 90095-1575
    Physical location: Stored off-site at SRLF. Advance notice is required for access to the collection. Please contact UCLA Library Special Collections for paging information.

    Administrative Information

    Restrictions on Access

    Open for research. STORED OFF-SITE AT SRLF. Advance notice is required for access to the collection. Please contact UCLA Library Special Collections for paging information.

    Restrictions on Use and Reproduction

    Property rights to the physical object belong to the UC Regents. Literary rights, including copyright, are retained by the creators and their heirs. It is the responsibility of the researcher to determine who holds the copyright and pursue the copyright owner or his or her heir for permission to publish where The UC Regents do not hold the copyright.

    Processing Note

    Processed by Heather Lowe in the Center for Primary Research and Training (CFPRT), with assistance from Megan Hahn Fraser, August 2011.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Writers' Congress records (Collection 141). UCLA Library Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, UCLA.

    UCLA Catalog Record ID

    UCLA Catalog Record ID: 4234037 


    The Hollywood Writers Mobilization was founded on December 14, 1941 just a few days after the United States declared war on Japan. The purpose of the group was to promote dialogue among the various types of writers and producers working in the media and to harness their talents to serve the country in the war effort. Out of a growing partnership with scholars, the idea to hold a Writers' Congress at the University of California, Los Angeles was born. The congress's aim was to clarify what the role of writers and the media should be during war time. The Congress was held on the University of California, Los Angeles campus from October 1-3, 1943. There were approximately 1,500 attendees encompassing a range of people including military officers, script writers, publicists, cartoonists, scholars, and actors. The proceedings of the congress were published the following year in 1944.

    Scope and Content

    The collection consists predominantly of lecture drafts and proofs for the proceedings of the Writer's Congress in 1943. Also included in the materials are ephemera from the congress, press releases, memos, and resolutions.

    Organization and Arrangement

    The conference proceeding notes are filed in the order in which they occurred. Proofs and other ephemera are located after the drafts and notes.

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.


    Writers' Congress (1943 : University of California at Los Angeles)
    Congresses and conventions --California --Los Angeles --Archival resources.

    Genres and Forms of Material


    Related Material

    Writers' Congress. Writer's congress; the proceedings of the conference held in October 1943 under the sponsorship of the Hollywood writers' mobilization and the University of California. Berkeley, Los Angeles : University of California Press, 1944.