AFTRA Detroit President's Office: Mary Lou Zieve Records
The American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA) merged in 2012 with the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) and is now known as SAG-AFTRA. The union represents more than 160,000 actors, announcers, broadcasters, journalists, dancers, DJs, news writers, news editors, program hosts, puppeteers, recording artists, singers, stunt performers, voiceover artists and other media professionals. Mary Lou Zieve entered the broadcasting industry in the 1950s, becoming a member of AFTRA in 1956. She served as president of the Detroit local in the mid to late 1980s during a period in the union's history that saw several strikes and long-lasting efforts to accomplish a merger of AFTRA and SAG.
The Detroit President's Office records focuses on Zieve's tenure as president of the Detroit local, but does include material collected by Zieve both before and after this time period documenting her activity within the organization on a local and national level. It highlights the union's administration, activities, and event.
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