Barbara Ringer was appointed Register of Copyrights on November 19, 1973, the first woman to serve in that position. She was one of the principal architects of the copyright revision bill, which was enacted into law on October 19, 1976, as the Copyright Act of 1976.
Zora Neale Hurston deposited ten play scripts with copyright applications filed between 1925 and 1944. When the little-known scripts were rediscovered in 1997 in a collection of drama deposits, Hurston was known mainly as a novelist and folklorist. The rediscovered scripts, added to other known Hurston plays, established her as an important twentieth-century dramatist.