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Annual Reports of the Commissioner of Patents

A 1790 law gave authority to grant letters patent to the Secretary of State, the Secretary of War, and the Attorney General, subject to the President's approval, and required that those letters of patent be recorded in the office of the Secretary of State.

The Patent Office was formally established in 1836 under the Secretary of State and was transferred to the new Department of the Interior in 1849. In 1925, the Patent Office was transferred to the Department of Commerce.

The Annual Report of the Commissioner of Patents originated in 1837 with the purpose of providing a statement of expenditures, a list of patents, and a list of patentees for the year covered. Until 1862, this annual report also included a statement on agriculture, which was then transferred to the Annual Reports, Secretary of Agriculture once that department was established.

This list is up-to-date as of February 14, 2017.

ReportoftheCommissionerofPatents-PartII-Agriculture

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1849 office 580 Pages
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1851   31st. Congress, 2nd Session. Includes articles about aboriginal arts, including goldsmithing of the Aztecs, spinning and weaving by the Aztecs, and spinning and weaving by the Indians of New Mexico. Also includes a report on early machinery in America - the saw mill. The communications section includes correspondence received regarding: dyeing, spinning and weaving by Indians, Navaho blankets, paper making, type founding, repairing cast iron in China, Chinese tile making, pin making, and San Torina Earth - an underwater cement. There are a few state reports, but Connecticut has a large section detailing several new businesses and inventions, nearly fifty pages, with anything from snuff to stocking weaving, from type founding to bells, from hemp and flax to torpedoes. Quarter calf over marbled boards, 676 pages.
1852 office CONTENTS: "Agriculture and Education", "American Pomology", "The Potato - Its Natural History - Deterioration, and Improvement", Southern Agricultural Exhaustion, and Its Remedt", "The Cotton Trade". [CONDITION: Acceptable for reading except for serious foxing. Needs to be scanned before it deteriorates.]
1853 office [CONDITION: Poor. Foxing throughout. Missing plates.] CONTENTS: Domestic Cattle: horned cattle; cashmere, scinde and malta goats; dairies; horses, asses, mules; sheep; wool; swine; weatherization of animals; importation of camels; importation of skylarks; importation and protection of useful birds; poultry and eggs; bees; wax; honey, silk. Fertilizers: guano; bone-dust; turners' shavings; lime; superphosphate; gypsum; salt; ashes; stable & barnyard manure; clover; straw; swamp & pond muck; sawdust. Improvement of Land: meadows; corn land; ploughing. Bread Crops: Indian corn; wheat; rye; barley; oats; buckwheat; rice; potatoes; potato disease. Textile & Forage Crops: cotton; investigation of its fiber; cotton of India; flax; hemp; osier; grass, hay, other fodder; beans, peas; Mexican frijoles; Oregon pea; Japan pea; cowpea; colza, or rape. Miscellaneous Crops: sugar; tobacco; hops; indigo. Fruits, Wine, etc.: apples; cider; vinegar; pears; peaches; apricots; nectarines; plums; cherries; quinces; grapes; wine; blackberries; currants; gooseberries; cranberries; melons. Climatology: agricultural climatology of the U.S. compared with the world.
1854 office [CONTENTS: Interesting descriptive listing of gardening plants - vegetables and herbs. Two color plates of cattle. Several black & white plates of insects.
1855 office CONTENTS: Report on the seeds and cuttings recently obtained by the patent office with suggestions as to the expediency of introducing others, Domestic Animals, Insects, Improvement of Land. on the drainage of Haarlem Lake, with suggestions on its applicability to overflowed lands in the U.S., Fertilizers. on the purification of cities and towns; the deodorisation of their fecal matter; and its removal and conversion into manure, Bread Crops, Textile and Forage Crops, Fruits, Nuts and Wine, Climatology, Commercial Statistics. 488 pages. [CONDITION: Missing plates 2 & 3 - presumably color.]
1855 office 488 pages. The book has no writing and no tears. The binding is cracked at pages 481-488 but the pages are still affixed to the binding. Some of the pages have yellowed and there are beige spots on some of the pages. Page 311 has a piece missing, pages 183 and 185 are partially detached and several of the page corners are bent. The cover is has wear and fraying along the edges and spine, the spine is cracked at the back cover, the back cover is partially detached and there are some spots on the cover.
1856 office [CONDITION: Cover is separated from signatures. First signature in the book consists of plates of engravings. The first four plates, as well as index and an unknown number of introoductory pages are missing. Foxing throughout.

Topics include: Apples for gardens; analysis of bagasse of sorgho sucre; birds injurious to agriculture; calcarreous manures; cherries for northern localities; cotton circular; dairy management; drainage; agricultural exports by port; fruits for gardens; fruits grown in several states; grape culture in the U.S.; Arden horses; habits of horses; meteorology & agriculture; types of mice; nut trees in Virginia; peaches; American Pomological Society; quadrupeds injurious & beneficial to farmers; habits of sheep; managment of strawberries; arrangement of farm tools; varieties of vines; wine culture in Ohio. Cornelius Wendell, Printer. 536 pages with 50 illustrative plates - including three color lithographs (missing in our copy).
1857 office Contents:Nature & habits of the honey bee; insects & diseases affecting the cotton plant; early agricultural history of Illinois; progress of agriculture in Russia, Prussia, and the United States; the quadrupeds of Illinois injurious & beneficial to the farmer (including pocket gopher, common grey rabbit, northern hare, red mouse, meadow-mouse, porcupine, shrews, moles, weasels); briefs on farm animals (including English draught horse, sheep, Asiatic goat, the llama & alpaca); history & commerce of salt in the U.S.; bread crops - characteristics of wheat; tea-culture in the U.S.; sorgum canes; chemical analysis of Indian corn; American grape vines of the Atlantic States; grape culture in Missouri; principles of horticulture; agricultural capabilities of the Great Plains; cotton manufacturers in the U.S.; consumption of cotton in Europe; meteorlogy in its connection with agriculture. James B. Stephen, Printer. 551 pages. Very few illustrations.
1858   Contents: Primary & agricultural schools of the U.S. by state; collection of American agricultural statistics; condensed reports of local state & county agricultural societies in 1858; domestication of the elk; proposed introduction of the Yak-ox to the Great Plains; briefs on animals (skunk, racoon, badger, black bear, otter, weasel); insects of orange trees of Florida; insects injurious to the cotton plant in Florida; drainage & improvement of lands; Government Propagating garden at Washington D.C.; causes & effects of the diminution of American crops; U.S. agricultural exports; propsed improvements in prairie farming; analysis of the ashes of the tobacco plant; on the cutting & curing of hay; the American pine marten; cultivation of coffee; production of arrow-root in the South; vitality of seeds; grape & wine culture; grapes & wine of Los Angeles; cultivation of the Zante Currant grape; cultivation of grapes in New England; fruiy culture; pomological resources of the South (apples, pears, peaches, grapes, strawberries, and more)' condensed State reports of the American Pomological Society (District of Columbia, Connecticut, Georgia, Illinois, Massachussetts, Michigan, New Jersey, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia); meterology & its connection with agriculture. James B. Stephen, Printer. 552 pages.
1859 office CONTENTS: Acclimation and domestication of animals, acid, analysis of grapes, administiring medicine to animals, wine making, breeding of fish, crops, fertilizers, vegetables, gardens, horse stable construction and arrangement of, houses/farms...some hints upon, lime, magnesia, medicines, meterology, reports on plants used as food for man, roots and soiling in England, salt, stables, fences and herding of animals, cost of board fences, docility of animals, lots of stuff on tobacco, veterinary information, wine and wine making, paw paw sprirts and its uses in making alcohol. There are several illustrations of farm houses and their floor plans with lots of "Hints" about them. Several illustrations/pictures dealing with meteorology and the instruments used in studying it along with electricity. 590 pages.
1859 office CONTENTS: Acclimation and domestication of animals, acid, analysis of grapes, administiring medicine to animals, wine making, breeding of fish, crops, fertilizers, vegetables, gardens, horse stable construction and arrangement of, houses/farms...some hints upon, lime, magnesia, medicines, meterology, reports on plants used as food for man, roots and soiling in England, salt, stables, fences and herding of animals, cost of board fences, docility of animals, lots of stuff on tobacco, veterinary information, wine and wine making, paw paw sprirts and its uses in making alcohol. There are several illustrations of farm houses and their floor plans with lots of "Hints" about them. Several illustrations/pictures dealing with meteorology and the instruments used in studying it along with electricity. 590 pages.
1860 office 36th Congress, 2nd session, House of Representatives, Ex. Doc. No. 48. CONTENTS: Bee culture, cattle disease, Chinese agriculture, forest and trees of North America, grape culture and wine making, irrigation, tea. 504 pages.
1861 office [CONDITION: Foxing througout. Brown cover]
1861 office [CONDITION: Foxing througout. Blue cover.]
1861 office 656 pages. [CONDITION: Very good, some loosening to pages. Brown cover.]
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Reference: http://www.wooster.edu/library/gov/serialset/agency/I/PatentsAnnual.htm


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