WGF Appoints New Library & Archive Director, Archivist

September 11, 2014

The Writers Guild Foundation has appointed Joanne Lammers the Managing Director of its unique library and archive, and Hilary Swett as its new Archivist. Together, the two will continue expanding the Foundation’s extensive collection of screenplays, teleplays and related historical artifacts.

Lammers and Swett combine continuing library science training with practical entertainment production experience. Both arrive at their new positions from within the Writers Guild Foundation; previously, Lammers was Director of the Archive and Swett was the Foundation’s Rosenthal Fellow (an archival position).

In her new role, Lammers is charged with directing the Foundation’s library and archive, whose collections number over 30,000 items, ranging from current film and television scripts to early drafts, studio notes and other production memoranda from culturally significant titles like THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK, THE SOPRANOS and GREY’S ANATOMY. The archive also preserves the labor history of the Writers Guild of America from 1920 to the present. As archivist, Swett will process those early Guild records, production documents  and writers’ papers, and assist researchers.

Lammers has delivered presentations on preservation and outreach at the Library of Congress and other archival institutions. She also serves on the board of the Los Angeles Preservation Network, and has been a judge in the Samuel Goldwyn Writing Awards since 1996. Prior to her library work, she spent 17 years as a script consultant at several production companies, including Castle Rock and Morgan Creek; she also managed the script library for A&M Films, a division of A&M records. She holds a BS in Critical Studies is from the University of Texas, Austin and an MLIS from San Jose State University.

Swett’s career began in talent representation, at The Alpern Group and McKeon-Myones Management. She moved on to library science after discovering a passion for research and information management. She processed materials and helped design workflows at a variety of archives, including NBCUniversal and Mount St. Mary’s College, and archived the personal papers of aeronautical engineer and inventor Paul MacCready. Her BA from Loyola Marymount University is in film production; her MLIS is from San Jose State University.

“Joanne and Hilary are a perfect team, with skill sets that almost seem designed just for us,” said WGF Executive Director Katie Buckland. “With the two of them working alongside our seasoned staff, the library and archive are sure to thrive.”

“The library and archive are the centerpiece of the Foundation, and they are in very good hands,” added Robert Nelson Jacobs, president of the WGF’s board of directors. “Joanne and Hilary are uniquely qualified to ensure not only that daily operations run smoothly, but also that we continue to grow and reach new users in the years to come.”