The Motion Picture Association of America World War II records span the years 1940-1957 and encompass
10.2 linear feet. There are files on the Hollywood Coordinating Committee, Hollywood Victory Committee,
and the Office of War Information. The photograph series consists of subject photographs.
The Motion Picture Association of America is an American film self-censorship organization. In 1922,
the Motion Picture Producers and Distributors of America (MPPDA) was formed with Will Hays as president,
primarily to defend the film industry against censorship. In 1930, Hays introduced the Production Code, a
document designed to help the industry regulate itself by following certain moral principles and
guidelines. Hays chose Joseph Breen to oversee the administration of the Code in 1934. Under Breen, the
studios were required to submit all screenplays for approval. In 1946, the organization changed its name
to the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) and Eric Johnston succeeded Hays. The Production Code
remained in force until 1968, when it was superseded by the MPAA ratings system, which is still in use
9.2 linear feet of papers.
1 linear feet of photographs.
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