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British and Commonwealth Literary Studies


Dime Novels and Penny Dreadfuls

The Collection

Location: Department of Special Collections, Green Library

Finding Guides: For a full list and description of the collection, with call numbers, subject indexing, and selective digital representation, click here. Indidvidual series titles are listed in Socrates.

Research Access and Use: Materials in the Department of Special Collections are non-circulating and must be used in the Special Collections' Reading Room in the Cecil H. Green Library. The Reading Room is open 10:00am to 5:00pm Monday through Friday. Photocopies, photographs, and microfilm can be made of some materials in the collections. For more information about the collections and access policies, please contact Special Collections by telephone at (650) 725-1022, by electronic mail at speccollref@stanford.edu or by regular mail at the Department of Special Collections, Stanford University Libraries, Stanford, California 94305-6004.

Content: This collection is based on a private library originally assembled by P. J. Moran of Oakland, CA. It contains approximately 5000 items, including "dime novels," boys papers, and other paper collectibles, as well as 3500 copies of story papers (newspapers devoted to fiction and poetry) dating from the1850s into the 1910s. The material is predominantly American, with long runs of Frank Leslie's Boys of America, Beadle's New York Dime Library, New Yorker Ledger, The Boys of New York, Old Sleuth Weekly, and many other titles. The collection also containsnumerous examples of British commercial mass market popular fiction from the same period, with such titles as Boys of England, Young Men of Great Britain, Comrades, etc.

Last modified: July 12, 2006

     
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