Lot 108: DS signed in pencil, eight pages, 8.5 x 11, January 19, 1955. Document headed "Minutes of the Annual Membership Meeting of the Motion Picture Industry Council." In part: "Allen Rivkin brought up the fact that...the MPA had attacked the Guild in the trade papers because of an anti-communist resolution that had been voted down...He stated that nine of suspected communist members have left the guild and one will soon be leaving...[Art Arthur] felt sure that the next time the resolution came before the Writers' Guild, it would pass. He said he was sure there are still some unknown communists in the Guild-writers who have eluded both the Guild and Management. He was afraid that just about the same time the MPIC released a statement to the press about their faith in the Writers, possibly next week something would be uncovered regarding the communists. If this should happen, all the prestige the MPIC has gained would be lost...Ronald Reagan was not in favor of Mr. Rivkin's resolution as it was worded." In fine condition, with expected document wear. A fascinating document connecting Reagan's acting and political careers, as 1950s Hollywood communism developed into 1980s international Cold War crisis.
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