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National Association of Theatre Owners records

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 1446

Scope and Contents

Administrative papers, correspondence, meeting minutes, convention reports, research data, promotional material, model bills and proposed legislation, testimony and speech transcripts, legal filings, press releases, and internal publications. Also included are records of the American Theatre Association (ATA), 1946-47; Theatre Owners of America (TOA), 1947-65; and Council of Motion Picture Organization (COMPO) which were precursors to the NATO organization. The collection provides primary source materials on motion picture history from the viewpoint of the movie theatre owner and operator.


  • 1946-1978


Conditions Governing Access

Open for public research.

Conditions Governing Use

It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from National Association of Theatre Owners must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.

Administrative History

The National Association of Theatre Owners (NATO) is a nationwide trade association of motion picture exhibitors representing 33 state and regional theatre organizations and more than 8,000 independent theatres and theatre circuits. It came into existence in 1966 from a merger of the Theatre Owners of America (TOA) and the Allied States Association of Motion Picture Exhibitors. NATO provides a united front in efforts to influence national and local legislation in favor of motion-picture theatre operators.


50 boxes (25 linear ft.)

1 oversize box (1 linear ft.)

Language of Materials


Other Finding Aids

File-level inventory available online.

Custodial History

The NATO collection came from the office files maintained at the organization's New York City headquarters by the NATO executive Director, Joseph G. Alterman.


Utah and the American West and LDS cultural, social, and religious history (20th century Western & Mormon Manuscripts collection development policy, 5.VII, 2007).


Register available in repository.

Register of National Association of Theatre Owners records
Garrett Schroath
2011 March 9
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English in Latin script.

Repository Details

Part of the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Repository

1130 HBLL
Brigham Young University
Provo Utah 84602 United States