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Ephraim London papers, 1940-1975

Series III: Censorship, 1950s-1960s

Series III holds files relating to London's long career working against censorship. This series is arranged in two subseries: Censorship Files, and Embassy Pictures.

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Subseries III.1: Censorship Files, 1950s-1960s

These files from London's law offices were not dedicated to a particular case, but included court documents, pamphlets, legislative reports, and unpublished studies related to the history of obscenity and censorship. Included here are transcripts from some of London's appearances on radio and TV, in which he expresses his personal philosophy on First Amendment law.



Box 5 Folder 2 General, circa, 1960


Box 5 Folder 3 Court Documents, 1950s


Box 5 Folder 4 Court Documents, 1960s


Box 5 Folder 5 Legislative Reports, 1950s


Box 5 Folder 6 Movies and Religion, 1950s



Box 6 Folder 1 Pamphlets, 1950s-1960s


Box 6 Folder 2 Transcripts--London on Censorship, 1950s-1960s


Box 6 Folder 3 Unpublished Censorship Studies, 1954, 1961, 1954, 1961


Box 6 Folder 4 Unpublished Censorship Studies, circa, 1960


Subseries III.2: Embassy Pictures, 1961-1964

This subseries consists of several slim files dedicated to some of the films distributed by Embassy Pictures during these years. London's role was to help the movies clear local census boards. Most troublesome was the Kansas State Board of Review and its determined chairman, Kitty McMahon.


Box 6 Folder 5 Boccachio '70 , 1963


Box 6 Folder 6 Divorce Italian Style , 1963


Box 6 Folder 7 The Empty Canvas , 1964


Box 6 Folder 8 Fellini's 8½ , 1963


Box 6 Folder 9 Long Day's Journey Ino Night , 1963


Box 6 Folder 10 No Love for Johnnie , 1961


Box 6 Folder 11 The Sky Above -- the Mud Below , 1962