Copyright registrations for 1952

Copyright registrations from 1952 are available from this page. Registrations were classified by category, with renewals included in the same volume as original registration in most cases.

The following types of records are available here:

A guide to abbreviations used in the records is now available. Summary statistics are also available.

1952 original copyrights were due to be renewed in 1979 and 1980 (see the Copyright Office database for registrations for these years.) Original copyrights for 1952 renewals date from 1924 and 1925. 1924 copyrights could also be renewed in 1951, and 1925 copyrights could also be renewed in 1953.

Philip Harper has transcribed some of the renewal records for 1924 and 1925 copyrights into textual form. You can find them at this site.

To see if a book can go online, you may have to check not only the "Books" category, but also the "periodicals" category, if parts of the book first appeared in a periodical, and the "artwork" category if you want to scan any of the illustrations. If the book is a play, or a set of lectures or addresses, check the "Drama and Works Prepared for Oral Delivery" category too.

Books and Contributions to periodicals: Original registrations and renewals

We currently list the original volumes for Part 1 (Books, Pamphlets, Serials, and Contributions to Periodicals). These were published semiannually, and included both original and renewal registrations.

Periodicals: Original registrations and renewals

A single annual volume for Part 2 (Periodicals) included both original and renewal registrations.

Drama: Original registrations and renewals

The volumes for Parts 3-4 (Drama and Works Prepared for Oral Delivery) were published semiannually, and included both original and renewal registrations.

Music: Original registrations and renewals

Original music registrations for 1952 were listed in Part 5A (Published Music) and Part 5B (Unpublished Music). Renewals were listed in Part 5C (Music Renewals). All of these parts were published in semiannual volumes.

Maps: Original registrations and renewals

The volumes for part 6 (Maps and Atlases) were published semiannually, and included both original and renewal registrations.

Artwork: Original registrations and renewals

The volumes for parts 7-11A (Works of Art; Reproductions of Works of Art; Scientific and Technical Drawings; Photographic Works; Prints and Pictorial Illustrations) were published semiannually, and included both original and renewal registrations.

Commercial prints and labels: Original registrations and renewals

The volumes for part 11B (Commercial Prints and Labels) were published semiannually, and included both original and renewal registrations.

Motion pictures and filmstrips: Original registrations and renewals

The volumes for Parts 12 and 13 (Motion Pictures and Filmstrips) were published semiannually, and included both original and renewal registrations.

Summary statistics

Copyright Registrations for Books, January-June 1952
Books published in the United States 5,830
Books in foreign languages published abroad 1,959
Books in the English language first published abroad629
Total 8,418
Renewals: Class A except for contributions to periodicals 1,329
Copyright Registrations for Books, July-December 1952
Books published in the United States 5,683
Books in foreign languages published abroad 1,878
Books in the English language first published abroad810
Total 8,371
Renewals: Class A except for contributions to periodicals 1,291
Copyright Registrations for Pamphlets, Serials, and Contributions to Periodicals, January-June 1952
Pamphlets and serials 15,465
Contributions to periodicals 1,668
Total 17,133
Renewals: Contributions to Periodicals 716
Copyright Registrations for Pamphlets, Serials, and Contributions to Periodicals, July-December 1952
Pamphlets and serials 14,769
Contributions to periodicals 1,498
Total 16,267
Renewals: Contributions to Periodicals 408
Copyright Registrations of Periodicals, January-December 1952
Periodicals 59,649
Renewals 2,236
Copyright Registrations of Dramas and Works Prepared for Oral Delivery, January-June 1952
Class C: Lectures and other works prepared for oral delivery 487
Class D: Published dramatic and dramatico-musical works 315
Class D: Unpublished dramatic and dramatico-musical works 1,623
Total 2,425
Renewals, Class C 0
Renewals, Class D 338
Copyright Registrations of Dramas and Works Prepared for Oral Delivery, July-December 1952
Class C: Lectures and other works prepared for oral delivery 433
Class D: Published dramatic and dramatico-musical works 342
Class D: Unpublished dramatic and dramatico-musical works 1,634
Total 2,409
Renewals, Class C 0
Renewals, Class D 299
Copyright Registrations for Music, January-June 1952
Musical compositions published in the United States 4.094
Musical compositions published abroad 3,768
Total published music registrations 7,862
Unpublished music 20,106
Renewal registrations 4,912
Copyright Registrations for Music, July-December 1952
Musical compositions published in the United States 4,425
Musical compositions published abroad 3,167
Total published music registrations 7,592
Unpublished music 18,745
Renewal registrations 4,253
Copyright Registrations for Maps, January-June 1952
Class F: Maps published in the United States 1,489
Class F: Maps published outside the United States 2
Total 1,491
Renewals 466
Copyright Registrations for Maps, July-December 1952
Class F: Maps published in the United States 1,432
Class F: Maps published outside the United States 3
Total 1,435
Renewals 8
Copyright Registrations for Artwork, January-June 1952
Class G: Published works of art and designs for works of art 827
Class G: Unpublished works of art and designs for works of art 897
Class H: Reproductions of works of art 246
Class I: Published drawings or plastic works of a scientific or technical character 320
Class I: Unpublished drawings or plastic works of a scientific or technical character 185
Class J: Published photographs 327
Class J: Unpublished photographs 212
Class K: Prints and pictorial illustrations 1,402
Total 4,416
Renewals, Class G 23
Renewals, Class H 6
Renewals, Class I 5
Renewals, Class J 1
Renewals, Class K 21
Total renewals 56
Copyright Registrations for Artwork, July-December 1952
Class G: Published works of art and designs for works of art 661
Class G: Unpublished works of art and designs for works of art 692
Class H: Reproductions of works of art 201
Class I: Published drawings or plastic works of a scientific or technical character 217
Class I: Unpublished drawings or plastic works of a scientific or technical character 176
Class J: Published photographs 387
Class J: Unpublished photographs 198
Class K: Prints and pictorial illustrations 1,260
Total 3,792
Renewals, Class G 18
Renewals, Class I 4
Renewals, Class J 25
Renewals, Class K 26
Total renewals 73
Copyright Registrations for Commercial Prints and Labels, January-June 1952
Commercial prints and labels 6,200
Renewals 54
Copyright Registrations for Commercial Prints and Labels, July-December 1952
Commercial prints and labels 5,757
Renewals 20
Copyright Registrations for Motion Pictures, January-June 1952
Class L: Published motion picture photoplays 417
Class L: Unpublished motion picture photoplays 1
Class M: Published motion pictures other than photoplays 584
Class M: Unpublished motion pictures other than photoplays 100
Total 1,102
Renewals: Classes L and M 232
Copyright Registrations for Motion Pictures, July-December 1952
Class L: Published motion picture photoplays 390
Class L: Unpublished motion picture photoplays 4
Class M: Published motion pictures other than photoplays 605
Class M: Unpublished motion pictures other than photoplays 25
Total 1,024
Renewals: Classes L and M 147

The above figures show original and renewal registrations for the categories shown above for the time periods shown, but do not necessarily represent the exact number of entries in these issues of the Catalog.

The images above were scanned by the Copyright Office, by Google, and by Dianne Bean, John Mark Ockerbloom, and Mary Mark Ockerbloom, from photocopies of bound volumes by the University Library Project, and from microfilms provided by the Free Library of Philadelphia. If you would like to contribute better copies, email onlinebooks@pobox.upenn.edu. (Please don't send any files by email unless I ask for them!)