The AFM Local 47 Archives Department is dedicated to preserving and maintaining contract files for a variety of engagements. We have Phonographic, Motion Picture/TV Film, Commercial, Videotape, Radio, Local 767 (pre-amalgamation) contracts as well as membership applications and assumption agreements.

Our archive includes:

  • Issues of the Overture dating back to the 1920s
  • Books/Encyclopedia
  • CDs/Records/Tapes/Videotapes
  • Historical Local 47 Records (Bylaws, Directories etc...)
  • Contracts

Archive research is currently on hiatus. If you would like to be placed on the waitlist, please send an email to and our staff will respond with more information.

Our archive research fee is $135 for a minimum 3-hour research block and $45 for each additional hour. All fees must be paid in advance. When making requests for document research, the Archive Department needs as much information as possible about your requested item for the inquiry to be successful. The following information is required when requesting a document:

  • Year of event/show
  • Air date
  • Leader of session
  • Employer/Signatory
  • Song title
  • Artist

Contact: 323.993.3173, email

Overture Cover from April 1953

Cover of Overture, April 1953

Historical References

Local 47 Timeline
Live Music in the '40s-'60s
Dedication Day Program - Jan. 21, 1950
Dedication Day Radio Recording (mp3)
Amalgamation of Locals 767 and 47

Photo Collection

Local 47 Archives has a Sideline Musician Photo Collection of local musicians of the 1930s, '40s and '50s. You may view an alphabetized list of the musicians whose photos are available.