Finding Aid for the Hollywood Studio Strike Collection, 1944-1985 bulk 1944-1948

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UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections
Manuscripts Division
Room A1713, Charles E. Young Research Library
Box 951575
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1575
Email: spec-coll@library.ucla.edu
URL: http://www.library.ucla.edu/libraries/special/scweb/
© 1999
The Regents of the University of California. All rights reserved.

Finding Aid for the Hollywood Studio Strike Collection, 1944-1985 bulk 1944-1948

Collection number: 226

UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections

Manuscripts Division



Los Angeles, CA

Contact Information

  • Manuscripts Division
  • UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections
  • Room A1713, Charles E. Young Research Library
  • Box 951575
  • Los Angeles, CA 90095-1575
  • Telephone: 310/825-4988 (10:00 a.m. - 4:45 p.m., Pacific Time)
  • Email: spec-coll@library.ucla.edu
  • URL: http://www.library.ucla.edu/libraries/special/scweb/
Processed by:
Manuscripts Division staff, 21 October 1968
Encoded by:
Caroline Cubé
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Online finding aid edited by:
Josh Fiala, July 2002
© 1999 The Regents of the University of California. All rights reserved.

Descriptive Summary

Title: Hollywood Studio Strike Collection,
Date (inclusive): 1944-1985 bulk 1944-1948
Collection number: 226
Extent: 4 boxes (2 linear ft.)
Repository: University of California, Los Angeles. Library. Department of Special Collections.
Los Angeles, California 90095-1575
Abstract: The Hollywood studio strike began on March 12, 1945 when the Conference of Studio Unions (CSU) went on strike to protest the studios' delay in granting a contract renewal for interior decorators despite opposition from the larger, more established International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees and Moving Picture Operators of the United States and Canada (IATSE). The collection consists of materials dealing with the studio strike of 1945 and the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees and Moving Picture Machine Operators of the United States and Canada (IATSE).
Physical location: Stored off-site at SRLF. Advance notice is required for access to the collection. Please contact the UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections Reference Desk for paging information.
Language: English.

Administrative Information

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Restrictions on Access

COLLECTION STORED OFF-SITE AT SRLF: Advance notice required for access.

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A copy of the original version of this online finding aid is available at the UCLA Department of Special Collections for in-house consultation and may be obtained for a fee. Please contact:
  • Public Services Division
  • UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections
  • Room A1713, Charles E. Young Research Library
  • Box 951575
  • Los Angeles, CA 90095-1575
  • Telephone: 310/825-4988 (10:00 a.m. - 4:45 p.m., Pacific Time)
  • Email: spec-coll@library.ucla.edu

Provenance/Source of Acquisition

  • Gift of Screen Publicists Guild, 1945.
  • Gift of Gene Mailes, 1960-85.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Hollywood Studio Strike Collection (Collection 226). Department of Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, University of California, Los Angeles.

Biography

The Hollywood studio strike began on March 12, 1945 when the Conference of Studio Unions (CSU) went on strike to protest the studios' delay in granting a contract renewal for interior decorators despite opposition from the larger, more established International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees and Moving Picture Operators of the United States and Canada (IATSE). The collection consists of materials dealing with the studio strike of 1945 and the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees and Moving Picture Machine Operators of the United States and Canada (IATSE).

Biographical Narrative

The Hollywood studio strike began on March 12, 1945 when the Conference of Studio Unions (CSU), consisting of nine unions and nearly ten thousand workers led by Herbert Sorrell, went on strike to protest the studios' delay in granting a contract renewal for interior decorators despite opposition from the larger, more established International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees and Moving Picture Operators of the United States and Canada (IATSE). In early October 1945, CSU concentrated its pickets at Warner Brothers; a series of fights ensued and police, studio guards, and IATSE forced the strikers to retreat. At the end of October, the National Labor Relations Board ruled in favor of CSU, and the studios and IATSE gave way. In early 1946, CSU tried to negotiate a new wage contract with the studios, but disagreements lead to another strike in the summer of 1946. IASTE sent their employees to keep the studios open, provoking more armed clashes. The Screen Actors Guild and 24 other Hollywood unions denounced the strike as a jurisdictional dispute, affirming their right to cross the picket lines. CSU's failure to close the studios led to a vote in October 1947 by the painters union which broke the strike; CSU disintegrated and faded away.

Scope and Content

Collection consists of materials dealing with the Hollywood studio strike of 1945 and the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees and Moving Picture Machine Operators of the United States and Canada (IATSE). Includes newspaper clippings from the Hollywood Sun and the Conference of Studio Unions (CSU) news, mimeographed statements to union members, correspondence, ephemera, and a copy of the IATSE proceedings with taped reminiscences of Gene Mailes.

Organization and Arrangement

Arranged in the following series:
  1. Correspondence and ephemera.
  2. National Labor Relations Board materials and union newspapers.
  3. Copy of IATSE proceedings, audio tape of Gene Mailes' reminiscences of proceedings, and printed materials (1945-85).

Indexing Terms

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
Mailes, Gene.
International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees and Moving Picture Machine Operators of the United States and Canada.
United States--National Labor Relations Board.
Motion picture industry--Employees--Labor unions--United States--Archival resources.
Strikes and lockouts--Motion picture industry--California--Los Angeles--Archival resources.
Audiotapes.

Related Material

You Don't Choose Your Friends: the Memoirs of Herbert Knott Sorrell [oral history transcript] / Herbert Knott Sorrell, interviewee. UCLA Oral History Department interview, 1963. Available at Department of Special Collections, UCLA.

Container List

 

Correspondence and Ephemera Material

Box 1, Folder 1

Conference of Studio Unions.

Scope and Content Note

Various printed material dealing with the C.S.U. also folder 1A (added August 1969).
Box 1, Folder 2

Correspondence--Abroad.

Box 1, Folder 3

IATSE (International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees).

Box 1, Folder 3

Information Bulletin.

Box 1, Folder 4

IATSE.

Box 1, Folder 4

Correspondence (Brewer, Walsh).

Box 1, Folder 5

IATSE, Local 683.

Box 1, Folder 5

Correspondence.

Box 1, Folder 6

IATSE, Local 683.

Box 1, Folder 6

Film Technician's Daily BulletinNovember 1946-June 1947.

Box 1, Folder 7

IATSE, Local 705.

Box 1, Folder 7

Correspondence.

Box 1, Folder 8

Inter-faith Council of Los Angeles.

Box 1, Folder 9

Leaflets.

Box 1, Folder 10

McKnight, Russell L.

Box 1, Folder 10

Correspondence.

Box 1, Folder 11

Manuscript material.

Box 1, Folder 12

Miscellaneous.

Box 1, Folder 13

Miscellaneous ephemera.

Box 1, Folder 14

Press Lists.

Box 1, Folder 15

Press releases.

Box 1, Folder 16

Strike trials.

 

National Labor Relations Board Materials and Union Newspapers

Box 2, Folder 1

U.S. Department of Labor, Wage and Hour division.

Box 2, Folder 1

Correspondence.

Box 2, Folder 2

N.L.R.B.--Decorator's Case.

Box 2, Folder 3

IATSE Disciplinary hearings, testimony typescript, pp.2424-2565.

Box 2, Folder 4

IATSE Disciplinary hearings appeal and N.L.R.B. decision.

Box 2, Folder 5

Costumer's News.

Box 2, Folder 6

CSU News vol.1 no.4-36, incomplete. November 1946-August 1947.

Box 2, Folder 7

Hollywood Atom vol.1 no.1-43, incomplete. August-November 1945.

Box 2, Folder 8

Hollywood Close-up, November 1945-July 1946. 8 numbers, incomplete.

 

Union Newspapers and Miscellaneous Clippings

Box 3, Folder 1

Hollywood Sun, vol.1 no.2-16. Incomplete, May-August 1945.

Box 3, Folder 2

Hollywood Sun, vol.1 no.18-32. Incomplete, September-December 1945.

Box 3, Folder 3

Hollywood Sun, vol.2 no.1-26. Incomplete, January-June 1946.

Box 3, Folder 4

Hollywood Sun, vol.3 no.1-21. Incomplete, July-November 1946.

Box 3, Folder 5

Hollywood Sun, vol.4 no.7-10. February-March 1947.

Box 3, Folder 6

Los Angeles Times. Incomplete, May 1947-March 1948.

Box 3, Folder 7

The Progressive Citizen.

Box 3, Folder 8

The Union Labor Sun, vol.4 no.12-24. March 26-June 11, 1947.

Box 3, Folder 9

Daily Variety.

Box 3, Folder 9

Scattered issues and clippings.

Box 3, Folder 10

Miscellaneous newspapers.

Box 3, Folder 11

Miscellaneous clippings.

Note

Additional materials donated March 1985.
Box 4

Cassette tape recordings of Gene Mailes' reminiscences relating to the IATSE proceedings and related copy proceedings and printed materials, ca. 1945-1985.