The Production Code Administration (PCA) was responsible for ensuring that Hollywood complied with restrictions that existed then on the political, religious, social, economic, and sexual content of movies. The collection contains records on approximately 500 movies produced between 1930 and 1964. It chronicles the activities of the PCA in relation to films submitted to the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) for approval. Records are arranged by film title and contain correspondence between representatives of the film studios, the PCA, and special interest groups; internal memoranda-of-record, news clippings, script extracts, song lyrics, film reviews, Code certificates, reports on foreign censorship, copies of advertisements and promotional materials, analysis charts, synopses, credit sheets, theater and book reviews, censor board reports and photographs of interest to the PCA (costumes, for instance). The collection serves numerous academic disciplines: Film Studies, American Studies, Ethnic Studies, Popular Culture, Women's studies, Cultural Studies, Literature. Related PSM and SR products include Gallup Looks at the Movies: Audience Research Report, 1940-1953; D.W. Griffith's Birth of a Nation; Warner Brothers Screenplays, 1930-1950; Film Daily & Film Daily Yearbook The Complete Collection, 1915-1970. [Gale-Thomson]
These reels contains files from the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) Production Code Administration documenting over forty years of self-regulation and censorship in the motion picture industry.
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