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Prepared by Dyani Scheuerman, May 15, 2003; Revised March 2009; Last Updated: March 2020
Inclusive Dates: 1919-1948
Extent: 8.5 cubic feet (32 small flip-top boxes + 1 half-size record storage box)
Physical Location: Storage
Storage Note: This collection is housed in a climate-controlled environment off site and requires at least up to three weeks for retrieval. Please call or email the department with requests for this material prior to planning your visit.
Note to Staff: The 32 small flip-top boxes have been consolidated into 8 record storage boxes and one half-size record storage box as follows. Please take note of this when requesting boxes from the storage facility.
Historical Note: Emanuel Haldeman-Julius (1888-1951) began publishing his "Little Blue Books" in 1919 in order for classic works of literature to be available for a much lower price than usual, at five or ten cents each. His association with the Socialist party led him to buy the Socialist paper Appeal to Reason along with their printing press, which he used to publish a number of his books. The books became widely popular, and by 1949, over 300,000,000 had been sold. The series includes over a thousand titles spanning a wide range of material, from novels to philisophical tracts to advice manuals. The first several hundred books include mostly previously published pieces, but the series later expanded to include original works as well. Some of these are edited versions of more extensive pieces and some are completely original.
Scope and Content: All books were published by the Haldeman-Julius Company in Girard, Kansas, except as noted those which were published by Appeal to Reason or the Appeal Publishing Company, also in Girard, Kansas. Copyright dates are not available for all but are included when possible.