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Williams & Wilkins Co. v. The United States Records 1938-1982 (bulk 1958-1982)
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The papers in the manuscript collection "Williams & Wilkins vs. the United States of Americao represent the National Library of Medicine's records of the case. Included are files from Martin Cummings and Scott Adams, the Director and Deputy Director of the Library, and Albert Berkowitz, the Reference Services Division Section Chief. The files arrived in the History of Medicine Division in a jumbled condition, making it impossible to identify the original provenance of the records. Consequently, the decision was made to combine the files into nine artificial series.


Consists primarily of the the Director's subject files on copyright. Included is background information on copyright policy and materials relating to various proposed copyright revision bills.


Includes incoming correpsondence, arranged by correspondnents in alphabetical order. Included among the major correspondents are officials of the Williams & Wilkins Co., including William Passano, President, and Eben Perkins, their lawyer; the lawyers from the National Institutes of Health and the Justice Department who defended the library; and representatives of the professional societies which supported the Libraries position, including the American Library Association, the American Medical Association, the Council on Library Resources, Inc., and the Association of Research Libraries.


Outgoing library correspondence, filed chronologically


Inter-library memoranda, reports, notes-to-file, and notes about the case, arranged chronologically.


Contains legal documents, briefs, and trial transcripts.


Background documentation on theLibrary's copyright and interlibrary loan policies. Also included are materials relating the Biological Sciences Communication Project's studies on the library's interlibrary loan practices, a Committee on Scientific and Technical Information (COSATI) report on copyright, and the problems of copyright associated with a report on "Man's Health and the Environment."