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New York State Motion Picture Division Elimination Cards

Held by the New York State Archives


Overview of the Records

Repository:

New York State Archives

New York State Education Department

Cultural Education Center

Albany, NY 12230

Summary:
This series consists of cards created by the Motion Picture Division containing information on reviewed films rejected in toto or approved with eliminations.
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Quantity:
11.8 cubic feet
Inclusive Dates:
1921-1949
Series Number:
B2733

Arrangement

By type of film; chronological then alphabetical.

Scope and Content Note

This series contains cards created by the Motion Picture Division containing information on reviewed films rejected in toto or approved with eliminations. Each index card contains some or all of the following information: title of film; change of title; distributor company; maker; date of license; case file number; numbers of seals issued; length of footage; number of reels; foreign film (English translation or title is given); "S&D" or "SYN" & DIAL" (synchronized and dialogue); "SILENT;" "rejected in toto;" and "with eliminations." For films that were approved with eliminations, the cards note the reel number with scene(s) or language that needs to be removed. Feature films are arranged into two sets: circa 1920-1930 and circa 1930-1949; documentaries are arranged into two sets: circa 1921 and circa 1921-1930 and soundies and shorts in one set: 1943-1948.

Use of Records

Access Restrictions

There are no restrictions regarding access to or use of this material.

Related Information

Related Materials

Series A1422 Record of Films Rejected or Films Approved with Eliminations, contains information further detailing the Division's review activities

Series A1423 Alphabetical List of Films Rejected or Films Approved, provides an alphabetical index which may assist researchers in locating specific films rejected or approved with eliminations

Processing Information

This series was assembled from a previously unaccessioned collection of censor cards. All documentary and soundies/shorties cards were kept, while only feature film cards of films marked "with eliminations" or "rejected in toto" were maintained.

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