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Pre-1870 Copyright Records

Pre-1870 copyright records that never made it to the Library of Congress, many of which were assumed lost.

2020 Update

The Library of Congress has begun to put its pre-1870 copyright records online: Early Copyright Records Collection, 1790 to 1870. To learn more, visit the About this Collection page.


District of Delaware Special Term Record Book 1792-1869. The record book for the Special Term of the U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware, up to 1869. The bulk of the book is copyright records, but the book also contains naturalizations and records under the short-lived Bankruptcy Act of 1800. (Transcription available here.)