Copyright registrations for 1970

Copyright registrations from 1970 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 some summary statistics.

1970 original copyrights could have renewals filed in 1997 and 1998 (see the Copyright Office database for registrations for these years), but they automatically renewed even if no renewal was filed. Original copyrights for 1970 renewals date from 1942 and 1943. 1942 copyrights could also be renewed in 1969, and 1943 copyrights could also be renewed in 1971. 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 lectures or addresses, check the "Drama and Works Prepared for Oral Delivery" category too.

Books and Contributions to periodicals: Original registrations and renewals

The volumes for Part 1 (Books, Pamphlets, Serials, and Contributions to Periodicals) were published semiannually, and included both original and renewal registrations.

Periodicals: Original registrations and renewals

The annual volume for part 2 (Periodicals) included both original and renewal registrations.

Drama: Original registrations and renewals

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

Music: Original registrations and renewals

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 1970
Books, pamphlets, and serials manufactured in the United States 44,912
Books manufactured abroad (except those registered for ad interim copyright) 3,214
Books in the English language registered for ad interim copyright 292
Total 48,418
Contributions to newspapers and periodicals 996
Renewals: Books, pamphlets, and serials 3,881
Renewals: Contributions to periodicals [not given in Part 1]
Copyright Registrations for Books, Pamphlets, Serials, and Contributions to Periodicals, July-December 1970
Books, pamphlets, and serials manufactured in the United States 43,739
Books manufactured abroad (except those registered for ad interim copyright) 2,654
Books in the English language registered for ad interim copyright 281
Total 46,674
Contributions to newspapers and periodicals 916
Renewals: Books, pamphlets, and serials 3,334
Renewals: Contributions to periodicals [not given in Part 1]
Copyright Registrations of Periodicals, January-December 1970
Periodicals manufactured in the United States 83,837
Periodicals manufactured abroad (except those registered for ad interim copyright) 686
Periodicals in the English language registered for ad interim copyright 753
Total 85,276
Renewals 4,492
Copyright Registrations of Dramas and Works Prepared for Oral Delivery, January-June 1970
Class C: Lectures and other works prepared for oral delivery 1,046
Class D: Domestic published dramatic and dramatico-musical works 162
Class D: Foreign published dramatic and dramatico-musical works 54
Class D: Unpublished dramatic and dramatico-musical works 1,558
Dramatic works registered in class A 113
Total 2,933
Renewals, Classes C and D 241
Copyright Registrations of Dramas and Works Prepared for Oral Delivery, July-December 1970
Class C: Lectures and other works prepared for oral delivery 850
Class D: Domestic published dramatic and dramatico-musical works 170
Class D: Foreign published dramatic and dramatico-musical works 54
Class D: Unpublished dramatic and dramatico-musical works 1,411
Dramatic works registered in class A 116
Total 2,601
Renewals, Classes C and D 382
Copyright Registrations of Music, January-June 1970
Domestic published musical compositions 7,647
Foreign published musical compositions 4,228
Unpublished music 35,832
Dramatico-musical compositions registered in class D 54
Music and books about music registered in class A 635
Total 48,396
Renewals 5,245
Copyright Registrations of Music, July-December 1970
Domestic published musical compositions 6,859
Foreign published musical compositions 4,091
Unpublished music 34,299
Dramatico-musical compositions registered in class D 51
Music and books about music registered in class A 600
Total 45,900
Renewals 3,503
Copyright Registrations for Maps, January-June 1970
Class F: Domestic published maps 836
Class F: Foreign published maps 14
Maps and atlases registered in Class A 94
Total 944
Renewals 30
Copyright Registrations for Maps, July-December 1970
Class F: Domestic published maps 724
Class F: Foreign published maps 4
Maps and atlases registered in Class A 63
Total 791
Renewals 15
Copyright Registrations for Artwork, January-June 1970
Class G: Domestic published works of art and designs for works of art 2,508
Class G: Foreign published works of art and designs for works of art 31
Class G: Unpublished works of art and designs for works of art 1,136
Class H: Domestic published reproductions of works of art 1,600
Class H: Foreign published reproductions of works of art 59
Class I: Domestic published drawings or sculptural works of a scientific or technical character 279
Class I: Foreign published drawings or sculptural works of a scientific or technical character 2
Class I: Unpublished drawings or sculptural works of a scientific or technical character 218
Class J: Published photographs 453
Class J: Unpublished photographs 165
Class K: Domestic prints and pictorial illustrations 1,698
Class K: Foreign prints and pictorial illustrations 1
Total 8,150
Renewals, Classes G-K 109
Copyright Registrations for Artwork, July-December 1970
Class G: Domestic published works of art and designs for works of art 2,871
Class G: Foreign published works of art and designs for works of art 61
Class G: Unpublished works of art and designs for works of art 846
Class H: Domestic published reproductions of works of art 1,620
Class H: Foreign published reproductions of works of art 46
Class I: Domestic published drawings or sculptural works of a scientific or technical character 222
Class I: Foreign published drawings or sculptural works of a scientific or technical character 1
Class I: Unpublished drawings or sculptural works of a scientific or technical character 218
Class J: Published photographs 438
Class J: Unpublished photographs 110
Class K: Domestic prints and pictorial illustrations 2,009
Total 8,442
Renewals, Classes G-K 142
Copyright Registrations for Commercial Prints and Labels, January-June 1970
Domestic published commercial prints and labels 3,029
Renewals 10
Copyright Registrations for Commercial Prints and Labels, July-December 1970
Domestic published commercial prints and labels 2,286
Renewals 4
Copyright Registrations for Motion Pictures and Filmstrips, January-June 1970
Class L: Domestic published motion picture photoplays 687
Class L: Foreign published motion picture photoplays 6
Class L: Unpublished motion picture photoplays 7
Class M: Domestic published motion pictures other than photoplays 585
Class M: Unpublished motion pictures other than photoplays 73
Filmstrips registered in Class A 87
Filmstrips registered in Class J 297
Total 1,742
Renewals: Classes L and M 425
Copyright Registrations for Motion Pictures and Filmstrips, July-December 1970
Class L: Domestic published motion picture photoplays 449
Class L: Foreign published motion picture photoplays 10
Class L: Unpublished motion picture photoplays 6
Class M: Domestic published motion pictures other than photoplays 483
Class M: Unpublished motion pictures other than photoplays 62
Filmstrips registered in Class A 269
Filmstrips registered in Class J 349
Total 1,628
Renewals: Classes L and M 472

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.

Catalog pages for this year were scanned by the Copyright Office, by Google, by the Universal Library Project, by Penn's Schoenberg Center for Electronic Text and Image (with volumes loaned from the Free Library of Philadelphia), and by Greg Weeks, with an additional image provided by Juliet Sutherland. If you would like to contribute better copies, email onlinebooks@pobox.upenn.edu. (Please don't send any images by email unless I ask for them.)