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International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees and Moving Picture Machine Operators of the U.S. and Canada, Local 225 (Atlanta, Ga.) records

 Collection
Identifier: L1997-06

Scope and Content of the Records

The IATSE Local 225 records are organized into five series: (I) Constitutions, By-laws and Minutes, (II) Office files, (III) Company relations, (IV) Printed materials, and (V) Artifacts. Series I, Constitutions, By-laws and Minutes, contains national IATSE constitutions and by-laws, as well as a few reports from the affiliated American Federation of Labor-Congress of Industrial Organizations; Series II contains Local 225 minute books, officer election ballots, membership records, and correspondence. Series III, Company Relations, includes Local 225 contracts and Trial Board transcripts. Series IV, Printed materials, holds national and district convention proceedings, 100th anniversary books, equipment manuals and magazines. Series V, Artifacts, is a scrapbook documenting Local 225's activities in the early to mid-1940s. Original minutes have been placed in Series V for preservation purposes.

Dates

  • 1942-1996
  • Majority of material found within 1967 - 1989

Creator

Restrictions on Access

Unrestricted access.

Terms Governing Use and Reproduction

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History of IATSE Local 225 (Atlanta, Georgia)

The International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE) was founded in 1893. In 1995, the IATSE adopted the title, "The International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees, Moving Picture Technicians, Artists and Allied Crafts of the United States, Its Territories, and Canada," to more accurately reflect the scope of the union's activities within the entertainment industry.

IATSE members are involved with every phase of production in all aspects of the entertainment industry. The union's efforts have allowed it to achieve some of the best wages and working conditions among skilled craftspeople. In recent years, the IATSE has been a forerunner in organizing workers in new technology-based crafts, such as computer-generated imagery and the digital download of films.

Local unions are permitted by the International to pursue independent agendas based on local concerns. The IATSE has been in the Atlanta area since 1896. Local 225 was formed in 1911 and merged with Local 927 in 1996, partially due to changes in the manufacturing of film reels for movie theaters. Local 225 was a moving picture machine operators (MPMO) local, which used to run projectors throughout the Atlanta area. Although there are still union operators at the Fox Theater and the Starlite Drive-in, most commercial theaters no longer use unionized operators, as current technology negates the need to change movie reels during the showing of films.

Biographical Sketch of James R. Stewart

  1. James R. Stewart (1935-2003), was the business agent and president of the IATSE Local 225. He was also a motion picture projectionist for over 25 years at such venues as Phipps Plaza, Perimeter Mall and the Fox Theater. Stewart was manager of the "Better Living" pavilion at the 1965 World's Fair and a charter member of the American Musical Theater Club. After graduating with a voice degree from the University of Georgia in 1957, he worked extensively Off-Broadway in such musicals as "Oklahoma" and "Lil' Abner". Stewart was involved in the creation of the Tony Awards alongside the American Theatre Wing.

Extent

15 Linear Feet (in 20 boxes)

Language of Materials

English

Abstract:

International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees and Moving Picture Machine Operators of the US and Canada members are involved with every phase of production in all aspects of the entertainment industry. IATSE, founded in 1893, has been in the Atlanta area since 1896. Local 225 was formed in 1911 and merged with Local 927 in 1996. Local 225 was a Moving Picture Machine Operators (MPMO) local, whose members operated projectors throughout the Atlanta area.

Acquisition Information

Donated by James R. Stewart, August 1997.

Processing Information

Processed by Angela Lefebvre at the file level, July 2004.
Title
International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees and Moving Picture Machine Operators of the U.S. and Canada [IATSE], Local 225 (Atlanta, Georgia):
Subtitle
A Guide to Its Records at Georgia State University Library
Status
Completed
Author
Georgia State University Library
Date
July 2004
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin

Revision Statements

  • April 2006: Revised and EAD finding aid created by Mary McMahon Dawson.
  • 2007: EAD edited by William Hardesty.

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Repository

Contact:
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Atlanta, Georgia 30303
404-413-2880
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