Motion Picture Scripts Collection

The New York State Archives preserves the largest collection of film scripts in the world. These scripts can be used to research the history of censorship in New York State and trace the shifting of American attitudes toward sex, religion and morality over the period.

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I. The Film Censorship Records in the New York State Archives

The most important of the censorship records at the New York State Archives are the case files that were established for each film reviewed by State censors. The case files contain the following information.

  1. Application for original license. Submitted by the applicant (i.e., the film exchange) and containing information on: the exact title appearing on print; language used; producing company; country of origin; year of production; name of leading male and female actors; footage of film; fees paid; gauge of film (either 16mm or 35mm); whether the film was silent or sound; if a sound film, whether the film contained dialogue, narration, music, or sound effects; name and address of applicant; date received by the Division; and case file number.
  2. Reviewer's reports. Prepared by Division reviewers who screened the film. This report was sent to the director of the Division with recommendation of the determination to be made. The report provides the title of the film; name of applicant; date reviewed; determination (approved, rejected in total, or eliminations); if eliminations, the scenes or dialogue to be eliminated; if rejected, a one-page synopsis of the film.
  3. Copy of the license issued.
  4. Film script. Approximately 55,000 case files contain scripts. (There are usually no scripts in the files for the approximately 18,000 silent films reviewed by the Division.) The majority of the scripts in the case files are either dialogue scripts or cutting continuities. Other types of scripts, and English translations of foreign language dialogue are sometimes included.  (For brief description of each type of script see Part III: Explanation of Index Entries.)
  5. Application for duplicate license. A duplicate license was required for each additional print of film shown in the State. Applications for duplicate licenses contain the same information as the original application with an indication of the number of duplicates needed.
  6. Application for substitute seals. If a seal was lost or destroyed, a substitute seal was issued. The applicant was required to indicate why the new seal was needed.
  7. Notice of change in title. The applicant was required to notify the Division when a film was to be exhibited under a title different from that for which the original license was issued.
  8. Notice of change in footage. The applicant was required to notify the Division when changes occurred in the footage of a film.
  9. Correspondence,film reviews, plot summaries, advertising material,appeals documentation. A few case files contain this type of additional material.

II. Research Use of Motion Picture Records

The records described above are available for use at the State Archives. Photocopies of all material, including the film scripts, are available under provision of the Copyright Law (Title 17, United States Code). For further information contact the New York State Archives at

III. Explanation of Index Entries

The index summarizes the information that exists in the case file for each film, and provides different ways of locating this information.

Each entry contains 16 categories of information:

  1. TITLE. Title of the film under which the application for New York State license was made. The TITLE is usually identical to the film's original release title. For foreign films, the TITLE is given in the language of the original release.
  2. FILE NO. As applications for licenses were received by the Division, they were assigned sequential case file numbers. The case files are maintained in this numerical order.
  3. DATE. The year in which the application for license was filed. Usually this is the same year that the film was released in New York State. This DATE may be later than the year the film was actually produced, particularly for foreign films.
  4. COUNTRY. The country where the manufacturer was located at the time of application. Most films were American-made, but approximately 17,000 were foreign productions.
  5. FOOTAGE. Length in feet of the film submitted for licensing, before any eliminations were made.
  6. DETERMINATION. The licensing decision made by the Division. The entries indicate one of four possible options:
    • APPROVED --- the film was licensed as submitted, without any eliminations ordered.
    • ELIMINATIONS --- the film was licensed only after specified changes or deletions were made by the producers or exchanges.
    • REJECTED --- the film was denied a license because of the large amount of objectionable material.
    • NONE --- the application was withdrawn by the applicant and no license was issued.
  7. NOTES Indicates either that the film is SILENT or that its case file is part of a SPECIAL CASE FILE series.
    • SILENT --- indicates that the license application form stated that the film was silent.
    • SPECIAL CASE FILE --- indicates that the case file for the film is part of a separate series arranged under sensitive topics such as obscenity, burlesque, social hygiene, narcotics, and nudity. These files were segregated to assist Division reviewers in deciding especially controversial or precedent-setting cases.
  8. MANUFACTURER. The company that produced the film. (Abbreviation used in the index are: ASSOC---Associations; CO--Company; CORP--Corporation; DIST--Distributors(s), Distributing; INC--Incorporated; PROD--Productions(s).)
  9. EXCHANGE. The company applying for the license. The exchange was usually the primary distributor of a film within the State. (Abbreviations are identical to those used in the MANUFACTURER category.)
  10. SCRIPT. Applicants were required to submit a copy of all dialogue contained in the film. Entries contain one or more of the following indicators of the type(s) of scripts in each case file:
    • DIALOGUE --- All dialogue contained in the film. Credits are not usually given.
    • CUT CONT (Cutting Continuity) --- Typically includes all dialogue, reel numbers, scene numbers, description of scenes, number of frames within scenes, footage for each reel or scene, description of action, camera directions, and a complete list of credits.
    • TRANS (English Translation) --- English translation of all foreign language dialogue.
    • SUB SCRIPT (Subtitles Script) --- English subtitles that were superimposed on a foreign-language film.
    • DUB SCRIPT (Dubbing Script) --- English dialogue for a foreign language film submitted in a dubbed english language version. (In many cases, the index will contain another entry for the same film in a foreign language version.)
    • TIT SCRIPT (Title Script) --- Titles that appear in a film, usually in silent films. Very few exist in the case files.
    • SHO SCRIPT (Shooting Script) --- Typically contains all dialogue with general scene descriptions. Very few exist in the case files.
    • NONE --- Indicates that the case file contains no script material.
  11. ADDITIONAL MATERIAL. Indicates that the case file contains one or more of the following:
    • CORRES (Correspondence) --- Letters written between the Division and exchanges or producers. Correspondence may cover changes in titles or footage, descriptions of eliminations ordered, or other aspects involving the review and licensing process.
    • REV (Reviews) --- Reviews clipped from newspapers or magazines to assist the Division in it review procedures.
    • PLOT SUM (Plot Summary) --- Brief descriptions of the film plot. Many were written by the Division to justify a decision to deny a license. Of particular importance are the many plot summaries for films rejected during the 1920's --- little information exists elsewhere about these films. In addition, there are summaries clipped from the Motion Picture Daily for many films produced in the 1950's and 1960's.
    • ADVER (Advertising) --- A few case files contain photos of objectionable theatre marquees, cards used in lobbies of theatres, posters, press books, and clippings from newspaper advertisements.
    • APP (Appeal Documentation) --- Correspondence and legal papers relating to appeals by exchanges of the licensing determination of the Division. Appeals could be made to the Director of the Division, the Board of Regents, or the courts.
    • NONE --- indicates the case file contains none of the additional materials listed above.
  12. WRITER. The name(s) of the screenwriter(s) when this information was available from the script. NOT AVAILABLE IN FILE indicates no information was found.
  13. DIRECTOR. The name(s) of the director(s) when this information was available from the script. NOT AVAILABLE IN FILE indicates no information was found.
  14. EPISODE TITLE. Provided for serials and short subjects appearing in a continuously numbered series. For each entry, the TITLE (category 1, above) indicates the series title and number of the film, while the EPISODE TITLE category provides the title of the individual episode (e.g., for the film HEROES OF THE WEST #8 "FRONTIER JUSTICE," the TITLE is HEROES OF THE WEST #8 while the EPISODE TITLE is FRONTIER JUSTICE). NA indicates that the film is not part of a series.
  15. ALTERNATE TITLE. Indicates any alternate or variant titles of a film. These include working titles (used during the filming but changed before the film was released); script titles (found on the script but not used as a release title); title changes (releases of the film under a title other than the one for which the license was issued); and subtitles or abbreviated versions of the original title, e.g., for the film THE JONES FAMILY IN "BORN TROUBLE," the ALTERNATE TITLE is BORN TROUBLE. NA indicates there is no alternate title.
  16. TITLE IN ENGLISH. English translations of a foreign language title, if contained in the case file. NA indicates there is no English translation of the title.

IV. Arrangement of Sets in Index

The index is divided into eight separate sets. Each set contains entries arranged by a different information category. These information categories are:

Title 81
Country 69
Date 69
Manufacturer 69
Exchange 69
Writer 27
Director 25
Determination 9
Total 418 Microfiche

The various sets are described below:

Title. In this set of microfiche, entries are arranged alphabetically by the original release title of the film. This set of fiche includes "see" references for variant titles, e.g., if a user only knows the script title of a film but not the release title, he would find a "see" reference in this set under the script title instructing him to look under the name of the release title. Note: Titles beginning with numbers, e.g., "8 1/2," sort at end of title set.

Country. In this set of microfiche, entries are arranged by country of production. For example, all entries of films made by French companies are arranged alphabetically by title of the film under the heading FRANCE.

Date. In this set of microfiche, entries are arranged first by year, secondly by country of production, and thirdly alphabetically by title of film. For example, all films produced by French companies in 1959 are arranged alphabetically by title of the film under the heading 1959 FRANCE.

Manufacturer. In this set of microfiche, entries are arranged alphabetically by name of manufacturer and, under each manufacturer, alphabetically by title of film.

Exchange. In this set of microfiche, entries are arranged alphabetically by name of exchange and, under each exchange, alphabetically by title of film.

Writer. In this set of microfiche, entries are arranged alphabetically by name of screenwriter and, under each screenwriter, alphabetically by title of film. When multiple screenwriters occur, full entries are repeated under the name of each writer. As previously mentioned, entries are included only for writers identified on the scripts. If the screenwriter was not identified on a script, there will not be an entry for the film in this set.

Director. In this set of microfiche, entries are arranged alphabetically by name of director and, under each director's name, alphabetically by title of film. When multiple directors occur, full entries are repeated under the name of each director. As previously mentioned, entries are included only for directors identified on scripts. If the director was not identified on a script, there will not be an entry for the film in this set.

Determination. In this set of microfiche, entries are provided for films given the determination of ELIMINATIONS, REJECTED, or NONE. Entries for APPROVED films are not included in this set. Entries are arranged first by the type of determination (E--Eliminations, R--Rejected, and U--None), secondly by year, and thirdly, alphabetically by title of film. For example, all films that were REJECTED in 1942 are grouped together alphabetically by title, and all films APPROVED WITH ELIMINATIONS in 1962 are grouped together alphabetically by title.


Additional Motion Picture Records in the New York State Archives

In addition to the case files that were established for each film reviewed by State censors, the Archives also holds a variety of other records related to the Motion Picture Division and its activities. These include the following:

A1415. Annual Reports, 1922-1947. 25 volumes.

Printed annual reports of the Motion Picture Division and its predecessor, the Motion Picture Commission. Each report contains a narrative text and accompanying statistical tables describing the following: an overview of the functions and activities of each Division unit; any new or significant event affecting the censorship process; the number of films reviewed and the number and types of determinations made; and a summary of the Division's financial receipts and expenditures. The reports are arranged chronologically.

A1416. Handbooks of Laws, Rules, and Regulations, 1927-1963. 17 volumes.

Pocket-size pamphlets that reprint New York State laws, rules, and regulations regarding the review and licensing of motion picture films. There are handbooks for the following years: 1927-1929, 1932-1934, 1938, 1939, 1946-1948, 1952, 1953, 1955-1957, and 1963. Arranged chronologically.

A1417. Eliminations Bulletins, 1927-1965. 2.5 cubic feet.

Mimeographed monthly "Eliminations Bulletins" that were compiled by the Division and distributed to film censorship boards in other states or countries. The bulletin summarized New York's censorship determinations by listing film titles, applicants, and footage in three categories: licensed without eliminations; licensed with eliminations (including a description of the scene or a transcript of dialogue that was determined to be offensive); and rejected outright. A separate section noted recent changes in film titles by listing the old title, new title, and the applicant's name. The bulletins are arranged in reverse chronological order.

A1419. Film Title Index, 1921-1965. 22 cubic feet.

This series is a card index to the license application case files. The cards are arranged alphabetically by film title and contain the following information: title and any sub-titles of the film; title changes, if any; name of film exchange; manufacturer's name; number of reels; film footage (not always listed); date application was received; names of film's stars; date licensed; case file number; and numbers of seals issued (in some instances, years in which seals were issued are provided). The cards also record whether a film was approved with eliminations (but not what was eliminated) or rejected. There are notations on the back of cards if a film was rejected or approved with eliminations by censorship boards outside of New York. These notations usually include the date of the censorship body's eliminations bulletin in which the decision was published.

A1421. Distributor/Exchange Card File, 1921-1965. 4 cubic feet.

Index cards listing the titles of films submitted for license by exchanges. On each card the name of the exchange is entered on top, and underneath are listed the titles of the films submitted, the type of film (silent or audio), the date of application, and either the license number (for films from 1921-1944) or the case file number (for films from 1945-1965). The cards are arranged in alphabetical order by name of exchange.

A1423. Alphabetical List of Films Rejected or Films Approved with Eliminations, 1921-1965. 1 volume.

An alphabetical index to motion pictures rejected or approved with eliminations. The index lists the title of the film (and subtitles if applicable); whether or not the film is foreign and if it was dubbed; a note stating if the film was rejected (but no explanation is provided, if so); and the serial number assigned to the film. The entries between 1923 and 1927 also provide the date of the examination bulletin (some are found in Series A1417, Elimination Bulletins, 1927-1965) containing reasons why films were altered or rejected.

A1422. Record of Films Rejected or Films Approved with Eliminations, 1921-1958. 5 cubic feet.

Records contain summary information on each film rejected or approved with eliminations. The entries contain the following information: application number between 1921 and 1958, date received, film title, applicant's name, manufacturer's name, number of reels, date of examination, examiner's name, determination made, and reason for determination (including a description of scenes that were altered or a plot synopsis of films that were rejected). Entries between 1921 and 1927 contain an additional form indicating requests for appeals or applications for re-examination. Until April 1930 entries for rejected films and approvals with eliminations were interfiled; thereafter separate volumes were kept for the two different actions. Within the volumes for 1921 through June 1931 entries are arranged chronologically by the date an application was received. After June 1931, entries are arranged chronologically by year, and thereunder alphabetically by film title.

A1420. License Application Summary Books, 1921-1965. 120 volumes.

Bound volumes containing information on applications and fees received daily and the actions taken on each. The volumes list the following: the serial number that was issued to films licensed; the applicant name (exchange or distributor); number of original prints; number of duplicate prints; number of reels of film; total film footage; number of seals issued; amounts of fees received for licenses, permits, and seals; title of film; country of origin, if foreign; and action taken (approved, approved with eliminations, or rejected). The later volumes also provide information on Motion Picture Association determinations (either yes or no is recorded). Statistical data was totalled daily for the various categories of information, and cumulative totals were entered for each month. Separate books (7 volumes) were for 16mm film applications between 1941 and 1965. All volumes are arranged chronologically. Finding aids: there is a list of the inclusive dates of each volume.

A1433. License Application Summary Books for Films Sent to Albany, 1927-1965. 16 volumes.

These volumes concern only requests for duplicate seals that were issued by the Albany office between 1927 and 1965. The following information is provided for each film: the serial number that was issued to films licensed; the applicant name (exchange or distributor); number of original prints; number of duplicate prints; number of reels of film; total film footage; number of seals; amount received for licenses, permits, and seals; title of film; country of origin, if foreign; and action taken (approved, approved with eliminations, or rejected). The later volumes also provide information on Motion Picture Association determinations (either a yes or no response is recorded.) Figures are totaled daily for the various categories of information, and totals are also entered at the end of each month.

A1427. Distributor and Exchange Correspondence Files, 1929-1965. 2 cubic feet.

Files containing correspondence between the division and film exchange (distributors). The majority of the correspondence concerns the licensing of films, issuance of seals, requests for scripts of foreign films, requests for license applications, notifications of change of film titles, payment of license fees, and the ownership of film rights. The series is arranged in alphabetical order by name of the film exchanges and thereunder chronologically. Correspondence with 16mm film exchanges is filed separately at the end.

A1428. Censorship Files, 1927-1945. 3.5 cubic feet.

Background files relating to film censorship activity, especially the activities of other state censor boards. Files are divided into four topical categories as follows: Advertising (clippings from newspapers and photographic negatives pertaining to objectional film advertising); Censor Groups (correspondence, reports, publications, press releases, legal opinions, and decisions relating to city, state, Federal, and foreign film censorship boards); Censorship (correspondence, memoranda, and reports pertaining to the Division's licensing activities, especially regarding newsreels submitted for licensing); Classes of Films (correspondence, and memoranda, relating to sensitive film topics such a burlesque, liquor, religion, sex, communism, crime, narcotics, prostitution, and birth control). Within each category, the files are arranged by subtopics and thereunder alphabetically by subject. Finding aids: A list of folder headings is available.

A1429. Subject Files, 1923-1965. 23 cubic feet.

Files containing incoming and outgoing correspondence, memoranda of minutes, reports, newspaper clippings and other printed material, budget summations and reports, copies of legislative bills pertaining to censorship, and printed minutes of federal committees and commissions regarding film censorship. The files cover a broad range of topics, such as legislation dealing with censorship, censorship policy, budget and financial reporting, personnel matters, public opinion, and court rulings. The files are arranged alphabetically by several dozen broad subject categories and thereunder alphabetically by more specific subjects. Finding Aids: A list of folder headings is available.

A1430. Eliminations Bulletins from Other States and Countries, 1951-1965. 1 cubic foot.

Printed or carbon copies of eliminations bulletins issued by other states, the Canadian provinces, and foreign countries that had film censorship boards. Most of these bulletins were issued monthly and were not distributed to the general public. The formats of the various bulletins differ slightly, but all contain the following information: A list of pictures approved, the distributor of the film, number of reels, and a brief description of action or dialogue to be deleted. Some bulletins list the running time of a film, the length of film reels, and the seal number issued. The bulletins are grouped by geographical location, then arranged in alphabetical order by name of state or country, and then arranged in chronological order.

Film Censorship in New York State

by Richard Andress

On APRIL 23, 1886, THOMAS EDISON demonstrated the "vitascope" at Koster and Bial's Music Hall in New York City. For the first time in this country, a theater audience watched moving images projected by this invention. Edison's "Bitascope" --- keystone of America's moving picture industry --- was a phenomenal success. A series of makeshift movie houses appearing initially in immigrant working class neighborhoods spread rapidly uptown to middle class audiences. Grand picture palaces such as the Regent (1913), the Strand (1914), and the Rialto (1916) opened in New York City. Each of these huge theaters seated several thousand people. Meanwhile the demand for the new "flickers" was spreading throughout the nation. Within 20 years of Edison`s demonstration, movies became the most popular form of mass entertainment in America.

As soon as films entered the entertainment market, many people became concerned with the content of motion pictures. While early films featured potentially objectionable themes such as brutality, crime, drunkenness, divorce, and sex, their treatment was no more excessive than it had been in burlesque houses and dime novels. What was unique and even revolutionary about the cinema was the enormous influence that the moving images could have. Parents groups, educators, religious and civic organizations concerned with the effects of films on young people wanted more control over what was shown on the screen. Because the movie industry was unwilling or unable to censor itself, many people felt that government regulation would help force the reforms they thought were necessary. These demands resulted in municipal film censorship laws such as those in New York City in 1906 and 1913, and Maryland in 1916. Responding to pressure for regulation, the New York State Legislature passed a bill in 1921 establishing an independent commission to review and license films. Organizations that opposed government censorship and representatives of the film industry objected to the bill. D. W. Griffith and William Fox were among the Hollywood luminaries who spoke against the bill at hearings in Albany. Despite these protests, Governor Nathan L. Miller signed the bill into law as "the only way to remedy what everyone concedes has grown to be a very great evil."

Thus the Motion Picture Commission was created in 1921. As part of a larger State reorganization, the Legislature transferred the Commission's powers and duties to a new Motion Picture Division within the State Education Department in 1926. The Division reviewed each film and issued a license for its exhibition unless the film was judged, as stated in the law, "obscene, indecent, immoral, inhuman, sacrilegious or of such character that its exhibition would tend to corrupt morals or to incite crime." Distributors were required to submit an application fee, a print of the movie (later returned), and a written copy of all dialogue. Virtually every film shown in the State was submitted for review with the exception of education, scientific, and current events films. Reviewers could order elimination of objectionable scenes or reject an entire movie.

During the State's 44 years of censorship, over 73,000 motion pictures were reviewed. About six or eight a year were rejected in entirety, and an average of 10 percent of the total number reviewed were "cut" before licenses were issued.

In retrospect, some "cuts" such as a shot of ice cream running down a baby's leg in Brownie's Baby Doll, 1921 or a scene of a chimp's diaper change in Snooky's Fresh Heir, 1921, may seem frivolous. Nevertheless, the work of the New York censors was widely respected and was an influence on the decisions of other municipal and state censor boards. The commission's "cuts" in domestic films began to diminish, however, when the motion picture industry established the Motion Picture Procedures and Distributors Association to censor Hollywood productions. This voluntary effort was largely ineffectual until 1934 when a stronger Hollywood Production Code was enacted. Thereafter most of the films carrying the Code's approval were licensed quickly in New York.

Meanwhile, the Motion Picture Division was experiencing great difficulty in reviewing the growing number of foreign productions. After World War II, foreign movies accounted for the largest part of the Division's workload. Films from France, Italy, Mexico, Hong Kong, and other countries flooded the State. Distributors were seeking a market among New York City's polyglot population. Many of these movies, with their sophisticated attitudes towards love, marriage, and sex, ran counter to prevailing American mores and censorship laws. The controversial 1933 Czech film Ecstasy, perhaps the most notorious example, was licensed in New York in 1940 only after 14 separate court actions and significant changes in the film's content.

During the 1950's, court challenges weakened New York's censorship law dramatically. In 1951, the Division licensed the Italian film The Miracle. The Catholic Legion of Decency subsequently condemned the film and its exhibition created an uproar among New York City's Catholic population. The censorship determination was appealed to the Board of Regents which rescinded the film's license, declaring the film "sacrilegious." The State Court of Appeals upheld this action but the U.S. Supreme Court later overturned it, ruling that "sacrilegious" was unconstitutionally vague. Subsequent court decisions deleted "indecent" and "immoral" from the statute and by 1959 only obscenity remained a justification for denying a license. These court decisions reflected society's increasing tolerance of mature themes in books, plays, and other forms of entertainment. The influx of popular movies from abroad also helped to change audience attitudes. Foreign films that would have made Commission members of the 1930's blanch --- pictures such as The Lovers, Hiroshima Mon Amour, The Virgin Spring, and La Dolce Vita --- were by the 1960's seen as works of art and made many censorship standards seems obsolete.

The final blow to film censorship was delivered in 1965. The U.S. Supreme Court reversed a Maryland ban on the Danish film, A Stranger Knocks, and demanded procedural changes in the appeal process of all state film censor boards. Because the New York State Legislature did not make the necessary changes in the law, the Board of Regents discontinued the Motion Picture Division, effective September 30, 1965.

Richard Andress is a former Archivist at the New York State Archives, a program of the State Education Department.

Policy for Film Scripts Reproduction From Case Files of the Motion Picture Division

The New York State Archives must respect the copyright owner's statutorily-protected interest. Section 106 of the Copyright law defines exclusive rights granted to a copyright owner:

"Subject to sections 107 through 118, the owner of copyright under this title has the exclusive rights to do and to authorize any of the following: 1) to reproduce the copyrighted work in copies or phonorecords; 2) to prepare derivative works based upon the copyrighted work; 3) to distribute copies or phonorecords of the copyrighted work to the public by sale or other transfer of ownership, or by rental, leases, or lending; 4) in the case of literary, musical, dramatic, and choreographic works, pantomimes, and motion pictures and other audiovisual works, to perform the copyrighted work publicly; and 5) in the case of literary, musical, dramatic, and choreographic works, pantomimes, and pictorial, graphic, or sculptural works, including the individual images of a motion picture or other audiovisual work, to display the copyrighted work publicly."[17 USC 106]

The Archives must also respect the interest of users seeking copies of film scripts under the "Fair Use" provisions of the Copyright Law. Section 107 of that law explains "fair use" limitations on exclusive rights:

"Notwithstanding the provisions of section 106, the fair use of a copyrighted work, including such use by reproduction in copies or phonorecords or by any other means specified by that section, for purposes such as criticism, comment, news reporting, teaching (including multiple copies for classroom use), scholarship, or research, is not an infringement of copyright. In determining whether the use made of a work in any particular case is a fair use the factors to be considered shall include: 1) the purpose and character of the use, including whether such use is of a commercial nature or is for nonprofit educational purposes;2) the nature of the copyrighted work;3) the amount and substantiality of the portion used in relation to the copyrighted work as a whole; and 4) the effect of the use upon the potential market for or value of the copyrighted work."[17 USC 107]

The New York State Archives will provide copies of film script only upon receipt of a completed, signed request form (provided by the Archives) certifying that:

  1. The requestor is, or represents, the current copyright owner of the film script requested; or
  2. The requestor has permission of the current copyright owner to obtain the copy requested, and has attached a document showing proof of this permission; or
  3. The copy is requested under the "fair use" provision of the Copyright Law, and an explanation of the purpose for which the copy will be used is included.

The requested copies will be provided only after the request is reviewed and approved by the State Archivist or his or her designee. The State Archives reserves the right to deny any request for copies of film scripts if, in its judgment, fulfillment of the request or order might involve violation of the Copyright Law. Each page of all copies furnished will include this warning:

"Copied from records in the New York State Archives. The U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S. Code) governs the use of this copy."  [rev. 8/1996]