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Finding Aid for the Writers' Congress records, 1943-1945
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Description
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.
Background
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.
Extent
3 boxes (1.5 linear ft.)
Restrictions
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.
Availability
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.