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