The Screen Writers’ Guild records detail the activities and development of members and the board. The collection contains
early guild documents including correspondence, membership records, awards materials, board meeting minutes and other items.
The Screen Writers’ Guild began in late 1920/early 1921 as a professional 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 by the federal government as a labor union with collective bargaining
rights. By 1941, writers began working under the first approved contracts and in 1942, the first long term contract was signed
by writers and producers. 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.