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Information on Historical Patents

African American Inventors Database
Historical information on early African-American patentees.  

American Artifacts. Antique medical instruments, microscopes, surveying equipments and farm tools.

Antiques of a Mechanical Nature. Information from the mid 1800's to early 1900's. Covers sewing machines, carpentry tools, sporting goods, irons, coffee makers, etc.

Biographical Dictionary of the History of Technology. Edited by Lance Day and Ian McNeil. Routledge, 1996. SciRef T39.B49 1996

Century of Innovation: Twenty Engineering Achievements that Transformed our Lives. By George Constable and Bob Somerville. National Academies Press, 2003. ORO Stacks Folio T173.8.C68 2003.

Hathi Trust Digital Library − Patent Indexes & Annual Reports from the Commissioner of Patents, 1790-1958 (incomplete). Thanks to the Hathi Trust Digital Library, many of these indexes and reports are now available and searchable online.

Historical First Patents: The first United States Patent for Many Everyday Things. by Travis Brow. Scarecrow Press, 1994. SciRef T223.P2B76 1994

Historical Inventions. From - alphabetical list of important inventions. Also has list of important inventors.

Innovative Lives: compiled by the Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation at the Smithsonian Institution.

The Innovators : the Engineering Pioneers who Made America Modern. by David P. Billington. Wiley, 1996. ORO Stacks TA15.B53 1996

Inventing Modern America: From the Microwave to the Mouse. by David E. Brown. MIT Press, 2002. SciRef T20.B76 2002

Inventing the 19th Century: 100 Inventions that Shaped the Victorian Age. by Stephen Van Dulken. New York Univ. Press, 2001. SciPTDL T19.V36 2001

Inventing the 20th Century: 100 Inventions that Shaped the World. by Stephen Van Dulken. New York Univ. Press, 2000. SciPTDL T20.V36 2000

Inventions and Discoveries. By Rodney Carlisle. Scientific American, John Wiley, 2004. (SciRef T15/C378 2004) 

Inventor of the Week Archive. Compiled by the Lemelson-MIT Program

Inventors Museum: interesting historical information and tips for inventors on promoting their inventions.

Issue Years and Patent Numbers List 
Lists the number of the first U.S. patent (utility, design, plant, and reissue) issued in each year since1836.  

Lemelson Center. Digging Deeper. Resources for the history of invention.

List of all U.S. Patents and Patentees -- 1790 - 1829

Merck Index: An Encyclopedia of Chemicals, Drugs and Biologicals. 13th ed. Merck & Co., 2001. Entries for many records provide the patent number.

National Inventors Hall of Fame. Inductees... Contains short biography on each inventor inducted into the Hall of Fame from 1973 to present. SciPTDL T39.N37 31st, 2003 and 32nd, 2004. 

Official Land Patent Records Site  A land patent was a title deed issued to an individual by the federal government. This database can be searched by patentee's name or parcel location. Eastern U.S. records are available for 1820 - 1908.

Patent Office History. Long list of interesting web sites.

Patent Office Pony: A History of the Early Patent Office. by Kenneth W. Dobyns. Sergeant Kirkland's Museum and Historical Society, Inc., 1997. SciPTDL T223.P2D6 1994. Also available in full text on the Internet:

Science and Technology Firsts. by Leonard C. Bruno. Gale Research, 1997. SciRef T15.B684 1997

Subject-matter Index of Patents for Inventions issued by the United States Patent Office from 1790 to 1873. SciPTDL T223.D7A45 1976 3 vols.

Thomas Edison's Patents Papers.This site contains the full text and indexes to the 1,093 successful U.S. patents of Mr. Edison. It also contains the full text of his notebooks. Also much information on his foreign patents is included. Made available by Rutgers University.

U.S. Patent Activity, 1790-2001 Reports the numbers of utility (invention), design, and plant patents issued and applications received yearly. Requires Adobe Acrobat reader software.  

Women Inventors, A - Z. From

Women Inventors Index, 1790-1895. Presented by the University of Miami, Ohio.  

World of Invention. by Bridget Travers. Gale Research, 1994. SciRef T39.W68 1994

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For more information, contact:
Martin Wallace
Science and Engineering Center
Patent and Trademark Depository
Raymond H. Fogler Library
Orono, Maine 04469-5729 
Phone: 207-581-1678

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