May 22, 2022

New Online Digital Collection: Pre-1870 Copyright Records, Over 2000 Pages of Records Available

Details about a new online digital collection from the Jacob Burns Law Library at George Washington University follows.

From the Legal History Blog:

The Jacob Burns Law Library is pleased to announce a new online collection: “Pre-1870 Copyright Records.” The collection provides access to over 2,000 pages of digitized U.S. copyright records created prior to 1870 that had generally been assumed lost. The records were tracked down and digitized by Zvi S. Rosen, currently a Professorial Lecturer in Law and Visiting Scholar at The George Washington University Law School. Rosen received his LLM in Intellectual Property in 2006 from the Law School and later served as the 2015-2016 Abraham L. Kaminstein Scholar in Residence at the U.S. Copyright Office.

Learn More, Read the Complete Legal History Blog Post


Learn much more about the project and the records via an excellent introductory blog post by Zvi S. Rosen (approx. 1800 words).

Direct to Pre-1870 Copyright Records
Links to digitized records are found by selecting categories on left side of page. 

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