About the Archive

The Writers Guild Foundation Archive was established to preserve and promote the art, craft and history of writing, and to record the vital memory of the entertainment industry’s first labor union, the Writers Guild of America. The rare and unique collections include Writers Guild of America historical materials, produced and unproduced scripts, letters, photographs, production notes, memorabilia, oral histories, and personal items of film, television and radio writers.

Some of the distinguished writers represented in the collection include:

Sunset Boulevard (1950), original 1949 draft written by Charles Brackett & Billy Wilder. From Billy Wilder’s personal collection of scripts.

  • Robert Bloch
  • Allan Burns
  • Stephen J. Cannell
  • Leonard Freeman
  • Lowell Ganz and Babaloo Mandel
  • Jackson Gillis
  • Roy Huggins
  • Hal Kanter
  • George Kirgo
  • Mort Lachman
  • Norman Liebmann
  • Garry Marshall
  • Del Reisman
  • Dean Riesner
  • Howard Rodman (Sr.)
  • Mel Shavelson
  • Mel Tolkin
  • Matthew Weiner
  • Billy Wilder
  • Linda Woolverton

During this development stage as collections are being cataloged, unprocessed papers are available for research. Users are encouraged to contact the Writers Guild Foundation Archive to learn more about the rich cultural content of the collections.

Historical Publications and Guild History

The Screen Writers Guild (precursor to WGA) published two magazines during its early years and these digitized periodicals can be found online at the Media History Digital Library and the WGF page at the Internet Archive.

Screen Guilds’ Magazine, a joint publication of the fledgling Screen Writers and Screen Actors Guilds, was published between 1934 and 1936. Previously available in only a handful of libraries, these issues are now online, searchable and freely accessible to the public on our webpage at the Internet Archive. Search for “Screen Writers Guild” to find related material.

SWG also published a thoughtful and intellectually challenging journal The Screen Writer between 1945-1948. Articles discussed filmmaking but also censorship, the rights and responsibilities of authors and other important topics. These are available at the Internet Archive and the Media History Digital Library.  MHDL is a free online resource, featuring millions of pages of books and magazines from the histories of film, broadcasting, and recorded sound. These have all been digitized from their original paper format and are fully text searchable through the Lantern search portal. The bulk of the digitized content spans the early 1900s through early 1960s.