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Tracing copyright to a book version first published in an old US magazine

Would welcome any suggestions for tracing independently who--if anyone--owns the copyright to Steinbeck's first version of "The Pearl," published in Woman's Home Companion December 1945 as "The Pearl of the World" and differing in many textual details from the book as published in 1947 (which is definitely copyright to one of the heirs).
I've ordered a copy of the magazine, but even if it does not show copyright by either the author or the magazine or its publisher (now defunct), I"m not sure what that would prove--if anything . . .
So far Web search yields nothing useful.
David Avshalomov
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on January 18, 2014 5:46am
David, it seems to me you'll have to search the records in the copyright office. Everything back to 1978 is searchable on the website (; very easy! In your case, it would involve going to the card catalog in the copyright office.
I am in the Library of Congress digging up manuscripts every couple of months and would be glad to run down there for you to take a look, but I have no trips to DC planned at the moment. Maybe a local lister would do that for you...
on January 18, 2014 5:58am
found this:

First published in the Woman's Home Companion as "The Pearl of the World".
Copyright John Steinbeck, 1945. Copyright renewed Elaine Steinbeck
John Steinbeck IV

and Thom Steinbeck, 1973.

on January 18, 2014 10:14am
Rich, bingo, thanks!
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on January 19, 2014 5:52am
Contact your local university or public librarian sometime... they LOVE researching things like this.  
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