This is a freely-accessible, publicly-funded digital archive that collects together significant documents relating to the history of copyright law and practice. The documents have been selected by national editors, with the input of an editorial advisory board. Key documents are, where appropriate, transcribed and translated. The editors have written commentaries, explaining the reasons for selecting documents and their significance. The project was launched in 2008, initially funded by the AHRC in relation to 5 countries. Since 2024 it is supported by the AHRC as UK research infrastructure. The archive now extends to more than 20 (including historical and religious) jurisdictions and over 700 primary source documents. They can be browsed by date/language/jurisdiction, or searched.

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1783Letter from Joel Barlow to the Continental Congress
1826Letter from Noah Webster to Daniel Webster
1828Letter from Donaldson to Wheaton
1830Judiciary Committee Report
1842Memorial of a Number of Persons Concerned in Printing and Publishing
1848Jay, Bryant and Others' Memorials
1853Letters on International copyright
1853* Stowe v. Thomas Commentary: [1]
1862Southern Feeling
1863International Copyright Resolution
1873Committee on the Library Report
1890Report on H.R. 10881
1896Hearing on H.R. 5976
1896The Question of Copyright