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Paper Print Collection (Library of Congress)


  • [Materials in the Paper Print Collection were deposited in the Copyright Office as part of registration of motion picture productions. Prior to 1912, copyright law made no explicit provision for motion pictures. Claimants protected their properties by registering them as photographs, submitting contact prints on photographic paper. The first deposit was received in 1894. The practice ended after a 1912 revision of copyright law expanded its protection to motion pictures in their own right. The last paper prints were received in 1914 and 1915. The Paper Print Collection consists of all paper materials acquired during this period, regardless of length.]

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    • Library of Congress. Paper Print Collection (Library of Congress)
    • Paper Print Fragment Collection (Library of Congress)
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    • Sources

      • found: Annual baby parade, 1904, Asbury Park, N.J. [MP] 1904(name not given)
      • found: M/B/RS Collections Authority file(Paper Print Collection)
      • found: Library of Congress information bulletin, v. 56, no. 16, Nov. 1977 viewed online December 4, 2014(Images of the silent era, the Library's Paper Print fragment collection: the Library's Paper Print Fragment Collection, which holds more than 3,000 motion pictures that came to the Library as copyright deposits in 1896-1939, consists of photographic paper on which contact copies of motion pictures appear)
      • found: Copyright catalog, motion pictures, 1894-1912p. viii (Claimants submitted deposits...in the following forms: Mutoscope reels; sample 35mm frames from every scene in a motion picture, in the form of positive photographic paper prints or on celluloid; photographic stills or enlargements--one each of representative, but not all, scenes from a motion picture; photographs of the sets used in a motion picture; Kineographs (popularly known as thumb books or flip books); and most important of all, complete motion pictures printed on 35mm positive photographic paper rolls)
      • found: Quarterly Journal of the Library of Congress, Vol. 32, No. 1 (January 1975)p. 33-50 (Spehr, P. Some Still Fragments of a Moving Past: of the five motion pictures first registered for copyright, pictorial records survive for two--Edison Kinetoscopic Record of a Sneeze January 7, 1894, and Souvenir Strip of the Edison Kinetoscope (Eugene Sandow, the Modern Hercules). In both cases, the item sent was not the motion picture as it would have run in the Kinetoscope, but frames from the motion picture selected and printed as positive prints on paper and mounted on cardboard)
    • General Notes

      • [Materials in the Paper Print Collection were deposited in the Copyright Office as part of registration of motion picture productions. Prior to 1912, copyright law made no explicit provision for motion pictures. Claimants protected their properties by registering them as photographs, submitting contact prints on photographic paper. The first deposit was received in 1894. The practice ended after a 1912 revision of copyright law expanded its protection to motion pictures in their own right. The last paper prints were received in 1914 and 1915. The Paper Print Collection consists of all paper materials acquired during this period, regardless of length.]
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      • 1987-08-12: new
      • 2014-12-12: revised
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