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Motion Picture Producers and Distributors of America Incorporated database

posted on 2021-11-01, 04:50 authored by Richard MaltbyRichard Maltby, Ruth VaseyRuth Vasey
The MPPDA Digital Archives consists of a database of the extant records of the General Correspondence files of the Motion Picture Producers and Distributors of America, Inc., covering the period from 1922 to 1939. Established in 1922, the MPPDA was the trade association for the motion picture industry, and included all the major companies producing and distributing motion pictures in the United States in its membership. The association was popularly known as the Hays Office, after its first President, Will H. Hays, who remained office until 1945. Hays was a leading Republican party politician, who resigned from President Warren Harding's Cabinet to take up the MPPDA position. After Hays' retirement, the association was renamed the Motion Picture Association of America.

The documents in the MPPDA ís General Correspondence files are an immensely rich source of information about the history of the motion picture industry. They describe the organization and operation of the industry's trade association, and include extensive correspondence and other documentation relating to industry policy and public relations, distributor-exhibitor relations, censorship and self-regulation. The great majority of this material is unavailable from other sources.

* 1997, 1998, MPPDA Archive digitisation and database development. Flinders University Establishment Grant to digitise the microfilm of the MPPDA Archive and develop a publicly accessible database.
* 2000, 2001, Reforming the Movies: A Political History of the American Cinema, 1908 - 1940. ARC A00104524

Date coverage: 1922 - 1939
Location: United States


ARC A00104524 Reforming the Movies: A Political History of the American Cinema, 1908 - 1940

ANDS SC22B MPPDA Archive digitisation and database development


Access Rights

The database is publicly accessible, at www.mppda.flinders.edu.au. Access to scans and transcripts of the archive documents described in the database is restricted to bona fide researchers, at the discretion of the Flinders University Special Collections Librarian. The database website will direct users to a form on which they may apply for permission to access the material, which is password-protected. Acknowledgement of the Flinders University Library Special Collections must be made in all publications using material from any of the manuscript collections. The Library reserves the right to keep records of usage of the Collections.

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