Copyright registrations for 1954

Copyright registrations from 1954 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, as are summary statistics.

1954 original copyrights were due to be renewed in 1981 and 1982 (see the Copyright Office database for registrations for these years.) Original copyrights for 1954 renewals date from 1926 and 1927. 1926 copyrights could also be renewed in 1953, and 1927 copyrights could also be renewed in 1955. To find out more about researching copyright renewals, see this page.

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 addresses or lectures, 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

The volumes for Part 2 (Periodicals) were published semiannually, and 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Original music registrations for 1954 were listed in Part 5A (Published Music) and Part 5B (Unpublished Music).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, Pamphlets, Serials, and Contributions to Periodicals, January-June 1954
Books, pamphlets, and serials published in the United States 24,378
Books in foreign languages published abroad 2,012
Books in the English language first published abroad 702
Total 27,092
Contributions to periodicals 1,712
Renewals: Books, pamphlets, and serials 1,594
Renewals: Contributions to periodicals 1,643
Copyright Registrations for Books, Pamphlets, Serials, and Contributions to Periodicals, July-December 1954
Books, pamphlets, and serials published in the United States 22,919
Books in foreign languages published abroad 1,812
Books in the English language first published abroad 854
Total 25,585
Contributions to periodicals 1,605
Renewals: Books, pamphlets, and serials 1,589
Renewals: Contributions to periodicals 626
Copyright Registrations of Periodicals, January-June 1954
Periodicals 32,457
Renewals 942
Copyright Registrations of Periodicals, July-December 1954
Periodicals 28,915
Renewals 1,589
Copyright Registrations of Dramas and Works Prepared for Oral Delivery, January-June 1954
Class C: Lectures and other works prepared for oral delivery 404
Class D: Published dramatic and dramatico-musical works 300
Class D: Unpublished dramatic and dramatico-musical works 1,516
Total 2,220
Renewals, Class D 410
Copyright Registrations of Dramas and Works Prepared for Oral Delivery, July-December 1954
Class C: Lectures and other works prepared for oral delivery 349
Class D: Published dramatic and dramatico-musical works 344
Class D: Unpublished dramatic and dramatico-musical works 1,393
Total 2,086
Renewals, Class D 341
Copyright Registrations for Music, January-June 1954
Musical compositions published in the United States 4,626
Musical compositions published abroad 4,665
Total registrations for published music 9,291
Unpublished music 20,312
Renewal registrations 4,737
Copyright Registrations for Music, July-December 1954
Musical compositions published in the United States 4,354
Musical compositions published abroad 3,701
Total registrations for published music 8,055
Unpublished music 18,407
Renewal registrations 4,403
Copyright Registrations for Maps, January-June 1954
Class F: Maps published in the United States 1,036
Renewals 469
Copyright Registrations for Maps, July-December 1954
Class F: Maps published in the United States 898
Class F: Maps published outside the United States 3
Total 901
Renewals 357
Copyright Registrations for Artwork, January-June 1954
Class G: Published works of art and designs for works of art 789
Class G: Unpublished works of art and designs for works of art 860
Class H: Reproductions of works of art 281
Class I: Published drawings or plastic works of a scientific or technical character 355
Class I: Unpublished drawings or plastic works of a scientific or technical character 295
Class J: Published photographs 422
Class J: Unpublished photographs 172
Class K: Prints and pictorial illustrations 2,208
Total 5,382
Renewals, Class G 10
Renewals, Class I 1
Renewals, Class J 17
Renewals, Class K 76
Total renewals 104
Copyright Registrations for Artwork, July-December 1954
Class G: Published works of art and designs for works of art 986
Class G: Unpublished works of art and designs for works of art 810
Class H: Reproductions of works of art 365
Class I: Published drawings or plastic works of a scientific or technical character 238
Class I: Unpublished drawings or plastic works of a scientific or technical character 320
Class J: Published photographs 361
Class J: Unpublished photographs 169
Class K: Prints and pictorial illustrations 1,533
Total 4,782
Renewals, Class G 2
Renewals, Class I 0
Renewals, Class J 3
Renewals, Class K 123
Total renewals 128
Copyright Registrations for Commercial Prints and Labels, January-June 1954
Commercial prints and labels 5,402
Renewals 77
Copyright Registrations for Commercial Prints and Labels, July-December 1954
Commercial prints and labels 5.096
Renewals 44
Copyright Registrations for Motion Pictures, January-June 1954
Class L: Published motion picture photoplays 667
Class L: Unpublished motion picture photoplays 44
Class M: Published motion pictures other than photoplays 657
Class M: Unpublished motion pictures other than photoplays 153
Total 1,521
Renewals: Classes L and M 310
Copyright Registrations for Motion Pictures, July-December 1954
Class L: Published motion picture photoplays 531
Class L: Unpublished motion picture photoplays 28
Class M: Published motion pictures other than photoplays 632
Class M: Unpublished motion pictures other than photoplays 63
Total 1,254
Renewals: Classes L and M 267

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.

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