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Register of the Hollywood Studio Strike Collection, 1930s - 1940s
MSS 019  
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This small collection is arranged alphabetically. It includes clippings from Los Angeles daily newspapers and the Hollywood trade papers, pamphlets, and a file of the Picket Line, October 1945-May 1947, a strike newsletter put out on a daily basis during most months of the strike. While the clippings, articles, and pamphlets in the collection document the strike in considerable detail, the Picket Line documents the strong feelings (sometimes expressed in cartoons) of the striking union members as well as the daily course of this pivotal labor conflict in Hollywood.
The 1940s was a period of tumult in the Hollywood labor movement. It came to a head during the Hollywood Studio Strike of 1945-1946, the last in a series of strikes involving the major studios, the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE), and the Conference of Studio Unions (CSU). It pitted the rank-and-file labor federation, the CSU, led by the militant organizer Herb Sorrell, against IATSE, which, following years of Mafia domination, was headed at the time of the strike by anti-Communist crusader Roy Brewer.
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