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Public Domain Day 2023

Happy New Year! January 1 is Public Domain Day in the United States. On the first day of the year 2023, US copyrights expire for works produced in the year 1927 and these materials enter the public domain. In celebration of Public Domain Day, here is a list of some of the materials in the Distinctive Collections that are now available in our Digital Library.

The Chronicle of the Northern Baptist Caravan


The wonder smith and his son : a tale from the golden childhood of the world


Coaster captain : a tale of the Boston waterfront by James B. Connolly


Diamond Dick’s red trailer : or, A hairbreadth escape by W. B. Lawson


Pirates of the Prairies by Kilpatrick Mason (Texas Pat)


Famous Media from 1927

The Case-Book of Sherlock Holmes the final set of 12 Sherlock Holmes short stories by British author Arthur Conan Doyle

To the Lighthouse a philosophical novel by Virginia Woolf set in early 20th century Scotland

Metropolis a German expressionist sci-fi film direct by Fritz Lang and written by Thea von Harbou, based on his novels by the same name

Music by the jazz studio group Louis Armstrong and his Hot Seven from the Okeh Records recording session

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  1. Comment by Dave — January 9, 2023 @ 2:50 PM

    Other public domain highlights for 1927 include Sigmund Freud’s The Future of an Illusion, Martin Heidegger’s Being and Time, Willa Cather’s Death Comes for the Archbishop, and The Jazz Singer–the first feature film with sound.

  2. Comment by Dave — January 9, 2023 @ 2:53 PM

    Other 1927 public domain highlights include The Jazz Singer–the first feature film with sound, Willa Cather’s Death Comes to the Archbishop, Martin Heidegger’s Being and Time, and Sigmund Freud’s The Future of an Illusion.

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