Thank you, everyone, for posting comments and sending e-mails with information on the HathiTrust “Orphan Works Candidates.”  We’ve compiled a lot (but not all) of it.  Here’s what we can tell you about authors of some of the books that HathiTrust is scheduled to release for downloading by hundreds of thousands of students.

The information is as accurate as we can make it at the moment, but we’ll be working to confirm all of this shortly.  Please let us know if you see any errors, and continue to pitch in.  The simplest way to do it is to leave comments on The Orphan Row List.

Living authors:

Albert Bandura

Adolescent Aggression (1959)

Status: Author found!

Author alive and located; he is an emeritus professor at Stanford University.

Francis X. Quinn

The Ethical Aftermath of Automation (1962)

Status: Strong Lead

Francis X. Quinn was alive in 2009 and may be living in New Jersey.

J. R. Salamanca

The Lost Country (1958)

Status: Author found!

Professor emeritus at University of Maryland. Signed e-book deal in September 2011.

Morton Jerome Weiss

Reading in the Secondary Schools (1961)

Status: Author is alive

Mr. Weiss is a professor emeritus at New Jersey City University, which also houses the M. Jerry Weiss Center for Children's and Young Adult Literature.

“Orphan book candidates” that are in print

Ray Hamilton Abrams

Preachers Present Arms (1933)

Status: In Print!

Book republished as a paperback in September 2009. ISBN: 978-1606089354

George Mamishisho Lamsa

New Testament Commentary… (1945)

Status: In print!

Revised paperback edition published in October 2004, with co-author Rocco A. Errico. ISBN: 978-0976008002

Literary rights left to charitable or educational institutions:

Frederick C. Copleston

A History of Philosophy (1950)

Status: Rightsholder Found!

Mr. Copleston’s literary estate is held by a Catholic charity in London.

James Gould Cozzens

Confusion (1924)

Status: Rightsholder Found!

Mr. Cozzens left his literary estate to Harvard, as noted in Copyright Office records and at Ransom Center’s WATCH list.

Gladys Malvern

Good Troupers all: The Story of Joseph Jefferson (1945)

Status: Rightsholder found!

Ms. Malvern left her literary estate to the Authors League Fund.

Literary agent located:

Eleanor Farjeon

Portrait of a Family (1936)

Status: Literary agents found!

Literary agents located in US and UK (Thanks, E. Scribo and Valerie Scho Carey!)

Died in last ten years, with surviving spouse or children:

Dominick A. Barbara

Stuttering (1954)

Status: Strong Lead

Author died in 2002 in Boca Raton, FL, survived by wife and three children.

W. Nelson Francis

The Structure of American English (1958)

Status: Strong leads

Professor at Brown University, died in 2002, is survived by his wife and three children.

Charles Nelson Glaab

The American City (1963)

Status: Strong leads

Mr. Glaab, a professor of history at the University of Toledo, died in May 2009. He is survived by wife and daughter. Author has a book in print from the University Press of Kansas, “Kansas City and the Railroads: Community Policy in the Growth of a Regional Metropolis.”

André Missenard

In Search of Man (1957)

Status: Strong Lead

Mr. Missenard died in Paris last month at the age of 92.

Harvey Weiss

Pencil, Pen and Brush (1961)

Status: Strong leads

Mr. Weiss died in 2007. Appears to have children living in Connecticut.

Authors with Institutes, Fellowships, Centers or Collection in Their Names:

Siegfriend von Ciriacy-Wantrup

International Cooperation on Conservation Policy (1945)

Status: Weak Lead

Author made bequest to University of California-Berkeley, which probably has copy of his will in files. UC-Berkeley sponsors a fellowship in his name.

Simon Dubnow

An Outline of Jewish History (1925)

Status: Strong Leads

Murdered by Nazis in Riga in 1941. Leipzig University houses the Simon Dubnow Institute for Jewish History and Culture (www.dubnow.de). Direct descendants live in California, Massachusetts, and New York (Thanks, Ira Stoll!)

Andrew Nelson Lytle

Bedford Forrest and his Critter Company (1931)

Status: Strong leads

Mr. Lytle was a professor at Sewanee (which annually bestows The Andrew Nelson Lytle Award) and editor of The Sewanee Review. Successor at The Sewanee Review located (Thanks, Daniel Hoffman!) and direct descendants located in Tennessee and Alabama  (Thanks, F. Armstrong Green!)

Jacques Maritain

Liturgy and Contemplation (1960)

Status: Strong Lead

There is a Jacques Maritain Center at the University of Notre Dame (Thanks, Leonie Rosenstiel!)

John Quinn

John Quinn, 1870-1925 (1926)

Status: Strong Lead

Mr. Quinn’s papers reside at the New York Public Library in the John Quinn Memorial Collection.

Phebe Estelle Spalding

Through Nature to Eternity, A Shakespearean Meditation (1933)

Status: Strong Lead

Pomona College sponsors a professorship and lecture in Ms. Spalding’s name (Thanks, Elizabeth Wrenn!)

Robert M.  Zingg

A Reconstruction of Uto-Aztekan History (1937)

Status: Strong Lead

The Laboratory of Anthropology in Santa Fe, NM, houses the Zingg Collection.

Author with a separate book in print:

Yeḥiel Yeshaia Trunk

Zikhroynes un bilder (1944)

Status: Strong Lead

An audiobook of Mr. Trunk’s memoirs was recently produced by the Yiddish Book Center in Amherst, MA, in collaboration with the Jewish Public Library of Montreal.

Removed from Orphan Row by HathiTrust:

Walter Lippmann

The Communist World and Ours (1959)

Status: Presumed found

Recently removed from Orphan Row by HathiTrust.