Dear Mr. Houghton,
Thank you for posting your request on History Hub!
We searched the National Archives Catalog and located several series such as Summaries of Film Production Activities, 12/1942 - 8/1943, Records Concerning Film Production, 1942-1942, Correspondence Regarding Film Production, 9/1943-1945, General Records, 1943-1945, Correspondence with Commercial and Non-Commercial Film Producers, 12/1941-6/1945, Records Relating to Government Film Research, 1943-1945, and more in the Records of the Office of War Information (Record Group 208) that may contain information related to your search. If you have more specific information about your father’s work, it may be helpful to search the records of a particular division of the Bureau of Motion Pictures. In Record Group 208, for example, we located 34 series of records created by the Bureau of Motion Pictures, and we found an additional 35 series created by the Theatrical Division of the Bureau of Motion Pictures, 9 series by the Office of the Chief of the Bureau of Motion Pictures, and 3 series created by the Office of the Producer in the Production Division of the Bureau of Motion Pictures, just to name a few. For information about and access to these records, please contact the National Archives at College Park - Textual Reference (RDT2) via email at email@example.com.
Additionally, the OWI film collection itself, including the series Propaganda, Information, and Documentary Motion Pictures, ca. 1942-1945, is in the custody of the National Archives at College Park - Motion Pictures (RDSM). For access to the films, please contact RDSM via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or view them online using the Catalog.
Finally, if your father was employed directly by the U.S. government, we suggest that you request a copy of his Official Personnel File (OPF). OPFs and medical information for individuals who worked for the U.S. government in a civilian capacity prior to 1952 are in the custody of the National Archives at St. Louis (RL-SL). Please include the full name used during Federal employment, date of birth, Social Security Number (if applicable), name and location of employing Federal agency, beginning and ending dates of Federal Service, and email it to email@example.com. For more information, the web site is https://www.archives.gov/st-louis/opf.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and pursuant to guidance received from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), NARA has adjusted its normal operations to balance the need of completing its mission-critical work while also adhering to the recommended social distancing for the safety of NARA staff. As a result of this re-prioritization of activities, you may experience a delay in receiving an initial acknowledgement as well as a substantive response to your reference request from RDT2, RDSM, and RD-SL. We apologize for this inconvenience and appreciate your understanding and patience.
We hope this is helpful. Best of luck with your family research!