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Newspaper Guild Records

Identifier: LR000401

Scope and Content

Part I: The papers of the American Newspaper Guild cover the period of 1933-1969.

Series Description: Series 1: Early Correspondence with Local Guildes This series consists almost exclusively of correspondence between local guilds and the ANG. The correspondence deals with quesitons on organizing a local guild, procedures, jurisdiction of the guild and other unions; strikes, negotiations, contracts; publishers' efforts against the guild; local newsletters and strike papers. The correspondence from some guilds consists of the first letters of inquiry on how to organize a guild up through the dissolution of the local guild. The papers are arranged alphabetically by city and then chronologically. In some cases an additional file was made to deal with a specific problem of the local guild. These have been retained and are filed after the regular correspondence files. of the respective locals. Newsletters, where bulk warrants, are also filed after the respective locals. This series covers the years 1933-1962, especially 1933-1947.

Series 2: Later Correspondence with Local Guilds Like Series 1, this series consists mainly of correspondence between the ANG and local guilds. The correspondence deals with contracts, proposed contracts submitted by the local for ANG analyiss and approval; negotiations, strikes; routine requests for supplies; questions on procedures; NEwsletters, strike handbills and bulletins. The papers are arranged alphabetically by city and then chronologically. Special problem files and newsletters follow the respective local. This series covers the years 1937-1965, especially 1947-1965.

Series 3: Hearst Negotiations: This series consists mainly of correspondence between the ANG and its Hearst Chain Council and Hearst units of the various local guilds and Hearst management. The correspondence deals with memorandum proposals, counterproposals, interpretations, comparisons, etc.; negotiation meeting minutes and reports; negotiations carried on by correspondence; ratification votes and procedures; questions of interpretation; clause violations and arbitrations; formation of the Chain Council; newsletters; negotiating bulletins. This series covers the years 1937-1958, especially 1940-1957.

Series 4: Contracts with Now Defunct Newspapers This series consists of contracts between the local guilds and now defunct newspapers. Sometimes included along with the contracts are early management policy statements or "bulletin board agreements." Frequently the ANG Contracts Committee analysis are attached. There is a little correspondence dealing with changes, amendments or interpretations of the contracts after signing. The papers are arranged alphabetically by newspaper and then chronologically. This series covers the years 1934-1968, especially 1937-1960.

Series 5: Heywood Broun Award Entries The Heywood Broun Award is conferred annually by the ANG for outstanding journalism in the public interest. This series contains some of the winning entries between 1943-1966; two entries for 1967 - apparently one is the winner and the other the honorable mention; and many of the contest entries in addition to the winners for 1968 and 1969. The entries are in scrapbook form. From 1943-1967 the entries are shelved chronologically. For 1968 and 1969 they are shelved by contest number. Folder 16 of box 57 contains a list of all entries for 1968.
Part II: This addition to the papers of The Newspaper Guild consists of correspondence, reports, minutes, financial records, press releases, publications and other material relating to International Executive Board and national staff business, local affairs, international organizing activities, especially in Latin America, contract negotiations, and labor arbitration. Of particular interest are files relating to the Chicago Hearst strike of 1939-40 and the Philadelphia strike of 1946-48 and those documenting trade union activity among foreign journalists, including the involvement of the CIA in Latin American labor organizing.

Important subjects in the collection are: American Institute for Free Labor Development Arbitration, Industrial—United States Collective Bargaining—Newspapers—United States Federacion Inter Americana de Organizaciones de Periodistas Profesionales (Inter American Federation of Working Newspapermen's Organizations) Hearst Publishing Corporation Strike—Chicago—1939-40 International Confederation of Free Trade Unions International Labor Activities Labor Movement—Latin America Newspaper Publishing—International Newspaper Publishing—United States Newspapers--Employees--United States Strikes and Lockouts—Newspapers Trade Unions—Newspaper Employees—Latin America Trade Unions—Newspaper Employees—United States Trade Unions and Communism—Latin America United States Central Intelligence Agency

Important correspondents in the collection: R. A. C. Ballantyne Heywood Broun Urcel Daniel Richard P. Davis Joseph V. Depaul Sam B. Eubanks Herbert Hamm James Henderson Eva Jollos Milton Kaufman John Kykyri Irv Leuchter J. Nash McCrea Victor Pasche Charles A. Perlik Joseph Purtell Steven Ripley Alberto Schtirbu Whitney N. Seymour John K. Sloan Jean Weinstein

Series Description: Series VI, National Affairs, 1933-1971

Series VII, Locals, 1933-1969

Series VIII, International Affairs, 1940-1959

Series IX, Arbitration, 1938-1949

Series X, Collective Bargaining, 1939-1971

Series XI, Miscellaneous Files, 1934-1973


  • 1933 - 1973


Language of Materials

Material entirely in English.


Collection is open for research.


Refer to the Walter P. Reuther Library Rules for Use of Archival Materials. Restrictions: Researchers may encounter records of a sensitive nature – personnel files, case records and those involving investigations, legal and other private matters. Privacy laws and restrictions imposed by the Library prohibit the use of names and other personal information which might identify an individual, except with written permission from the Director and/or the donor.


The American Newspaper Guild was established in December 1933, as a loose national federation of editorial workers organizations across the country. The immediate stimulus for the founding of the Guild was the need for organized, country-wide representation of newspaper men before the National Recovery Administration in its attempt to produce a code for the newspaper industry. Within the Guild itself there were two facitons: One group wished the Guild to be a professional organization upholding standards of good journalism; the other group agreed iwth the first group's aim but wanted, in addition, a Guild with more of a trade union aspect, i.e., that it secure the economic goals of its members. This section faction won and today the ANG is affiliated with th AFL-CIO and the CLC.


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The American Newspaper Guild was established as a loose national federation of editorial workers organizations across the country. The objective was to be a professional organization upholding standards of good journalism that also secured the economic goals of its members. Their records reflect the relationships between the national organization and local guilds, as well as the guilds dealings with newspapers, including collective bargaining and strikes. Also included are records from the international organization, particularly pertaining to organizing in Latin America and subsequent CIA involvement. Scrapbooks contain Heywood Broun Award entries.


Part I: Arranged in 5 series – Series 1 (Boxes 1-19), Series 2 (Boxes 20-46), Series 3 (Boxes 47-52), Series 4 (Boxes 53-57), and Series 5 (Box 57 and scrapbooks). Folders are arranged alphabetically and then chronologically unless otherwise specified.
Part II: Arranged in 6 series- Series 6 (Boxes 58-79), Series 7 (Boxes 79-94), Series 8 (Boxes 94-116), Series 9 (Boxes 116-134), Series 10 (Boxes 134-183), and Series 11 (Boxes 184-185).


Part I: The papers of the American Newspaper Guild were deposited with the Archives of Labor History and Urban Affairs in 1970-1971 by the International Executive Board of the ANG.


Part II: Several photographs, audio tapes, posters and items of memorabilia have been placed in the Archives Audiovisual Collection and a large number of books, serials, contracts, convention proceedings and strike papers received with this collection may be found in the Archives Library.

Processing History

Part I: Processed and finding aid written by Walter P. Reuther Library in August 1971.
Part II: Part 2 processed and finding aid written by Walter P. Reuther Library.


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Repository Details

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