License application case file assembled by the New York State Motion Picture Division for the D. W. Griffith film "Birth of a Nation." The file has been presented in three parts due to length. The file contains: eliminations directed to be made to the film by the Motion Picture Division in 1922 for exhibition in New York State; legal documents; licensing documents; transcripts of hearings about the film; newspaper clippings; and correspondence about the film submitted by such entities as the National Council of Negro Women of the United States, National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), City-Wide, Inter-Cultural, Inter-Racial Committee for Mount Vernon, NY, and Epoch Producing Corporation. Some of the letters in the file criticize the film as being racist and supportive of the Ku Klux Klan.
1921 – 1961
New York State Archives. New York (State). Motion Picture Division. License application case files. A1418-77. Box 2585, File 1023.
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