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Eugene Mailes papers, 1934-1971

Mailes, Eugene

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  • Format Mixed Materials
  • Contributors
  • Physical Details
    • 0.2 cubic feet (1 archives box) and
    • 10 tape recordings; plus
    • additions of 1.2 cubic feet
  • OCLC ocn173700665
  • Finding Aids
    • Register to the processed portion


  • Records collected by Mailes pertaining to the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE) and labor problems in the film industry.
  • Included are excerpts from IATSE convention proceedings, annotated by Mailes; a copy of the transcript from Congressional hearings in 1947-1948 regarding union jurisdictional disputes in the film industry; notes and writings by Mailes; and articles and reference material concerning the Ludlow Massacre and strikes, 1941-1948. Many of the papers are photocopies created, with the tape recordings, by the American Film Institute for a proposed show. The tape recordings contain Mailes' reminiscences of the 1945 strike of the Set Decorator's Guild, an example of the continuing dispute among film industry craft unions over jurisdiction and union loyalty. There is also some taped discussion of the Hollywood 10 and of the lawsuit Hentschel-Cohea vs. IATSE (1937), as well as Mailes' interviews in 1971 with Herbert K. Sorrell, concerning IATSE and the set decorators strike, and with Robert W. Ames, about the role of the Communist Party.
  • The processed portion of the papers is summarized above, dates 1937-1948 and 1971, and is described in the register.Additional accessions are described below.


  • Presented by Gene Mailes, Soquel, California, 1980.