There are about 70 million cards and record book pages among the pre-1978 Copyright records. I thought it might be interesting to show some examples of these paper records, kind of a show and tell post. Three types of records are shown below. Click on any of the thumbnails below to see a larger image.
The following are examples of cards in the Copyright Card Catalog. These are the principal finding aids for titles, authors, claimants and other names associated with the ownership of copyrights. Our vision is to create a data record from the content of these cards and make that available online for searching. Linked to each data record would be images of the cards as well as the respective pages from the record books (see below) showing the full information about each registration and each assignment or transfer of rights.
Requests and applications for copyright registration are found in the record books. The books are organized by year, class and the assigned number. Once a registration number is found using the card catalog, the record books can be consulted for the full set of copyright facts about the work. These are a few examples.
An alternate finding aid is the published Catalog of Copyright Entries. These were periodic compilations of registration records in catalog card format distributed through the Federal Depository Library Program.
I hope you found this glimpse at some of the records interesting. As always your comments are most welcome. Last week’s post was about our short term strategies. If you haven’t seen it, you might want to take a look (Copyright Records: Short term strategies for making them more accessible).