P.J. Federico worked at the Patent Office for many years and was also its unofficial historian and editor of the "Journal of the Patent Office Society." The papers in the two notebooks relate to the early history of the Patent Office and charges of misfinance against superintendents of the office by William Elliot and his son William Parker Elliot.
Two notebooks: One is marked "Patent Office" and contains materials 1789-1841, relating to the Patent Office's early years and copies of official reports to the Congress. The second notebook is marked "Elliot" and consists mainly of the Elliot controversies.
Mr. and Mrs. Federico Collection, 1789-1936, Archives Center, National Museum of American History