Special Collections Department
Beadle and Adams Archives
Manuscript Collection Number: 354
Accessioned: Purchase, August 1997.
Extent: .3 linear ft.
Content: Letters, postcards, notes, photographs, legal documents, bills, checks
Access: The collection is open for research.
Processed: November 1997, by Shanon Lawson.
Special Collections, University of Delaware Library
Newark, Delaware 19717-5267
Table of Contents
Biographical and Historical Note
Erastus Flavel Beadle was born in Oswego County, New York, on September 9, 1821. His brother, Irwin Pedro Beadle, was born in 1826. They were the grandsons of Benjamin Beadle, a Revolutionary War solider. After a brief move to Michigan, the Beadles returned to New York, settling in Chataqua County. There, Erastus worked for a miller named Hayes, where he supposedly began his printing career when he cut wooden letters to label bags of grain. In 1838, he was apprenticed to H & E Phinny, a publishing firm in Cooperstown, New York, where he learned typesetting, stereotyping, binding, and some engraving. He married Mary Ann Pennington in 1846, and the next year the couple moved to Buffalo, where Erastus worked as a stereotyper. In 1849, Irwin followed his brother to Buffalo and found a job as a bookbinder. The next year, the brothers set up a stereotype foundry of their own, although Irwin would leave the company in 1856.
In December of 1851, Erastus Beadle, together with engraver Benjamin Vanduzee, began publishing a magazine for young children entitled The Youth's Casket. Vanduzee dropped out of the partnership in 1853, but the magazine continued publication until 1856. Erastus' next project, in 1855, was the monthly magazine, The Home: A Fireside Companion and Guide for the Wife, the Mother, the Sister, and the Daughter. In 1856, Erastus briefly abandoned publishing and moved to Omaha in an attempt to capitalize on the Kansas and Nebraska land boom. During his absence, Robert Adams, a former apprentice in Beadle's stereotyping foundry who would become the Beadles' future partner in the dime book trade, probably took over publication of the two serials at this time.
After failing to make his fortune out west, Erastus returned to Buffalo in 1857. The next year, he, Irwin, and Robert Adams moved to New York City, where Erastus and Adams continued to publish The Home. The December issue of the magazine had a new editor, Mrs. Metta Victoria Victor (1831-1885), who would write several novels for Beadle and Adams, including the popular slave story Maum Guinea, which was reportedly praised by Lincoln. Her husband, Orville J. Victor (1827-1910), would work as the main editor for the Beadle house from 1861 to 1897.
While his brother worked in magazines, Irwin began the dime booklet business that would make the Beadle name famous, although Erastus would eventually receive most of the profits and the credit for its creation. In 1859, he published the Dime Song Book, a paper-bound collection of popular ballads that had previously been issued singly. It sold well, and encouraged by its success, Irwin began publishing a series of dime booklets on such varied subjects as cooking, etiquette, speeches, and baseball. At the end of this year, Irwin and Adams formed the publishing firm Irwin P. Beadle and Co.
1860 saw the inception of the first Beadle novel series; the Beadle Dime Novel, with its distinct orange cover, would include 631 numbers and run until 1885. Its first publication, Malaeska, the Indian Wife of the White Hunter, was a 128 page story by Ann S. Stephens and was promoted as "a dollar book for a dime." Although the majority of Beadle publications were written expressly for the firm, Stephen's story was, like many others to follow, a reprint from an earlier publication, in this case, from a 1839 issue of The Ladies' Companion. The novel sold well, with some estimates at 300,000 the first year. The eighth novel, Seth Jones by Stanley Ellis, reportedly sold twice as many, according to a possibly exaggerated estimate by Erastus Beadle. The preferred subjects in the firm's early days were pioneer and revolutionary war stories, with titles like The Backwood Bride; a Romance of Squatter Life (1860) and The Shawnee Scout; or The Death Trail (1870). Other adventure genres, such as pirate tales and trapper adventures, also appeared frequently. After the civil war, the focus of the novels turned to the wild west and the detective genres.
Later in 1860, after The Home ceased publication, Erastus became a partner in his brother's firm, and the name changed to Beadle and Co. The next year, the firm created Beadle's American Library in London, reprinting several Beadle's Dime Novel stories for the British public, an endeavor that lasted for five years. Back in the United States, the Civil War had begun; its effects initially slowed the formerly bi-monthly publication rate of the dime novels, but their popularity with the union troops eventually greatly increased their publication numbers.
In 1862, Erastus Beadle and Robert Adams bought out Irwin's share of Beadle and Co. The firm would become known as Beadle and Adams in 1870, and it would also issue publications under the subsidiary names of Frank Starr and Co., Adams, Victor and Co., and Adams and Co. Even though Robert Adams died early in 1866, the Adams name would remain in the firm. His two brothers, David and William, became partners in the company after Robert's death. Irwin would continue to attempt to publish dime novels, but his efforts never came anywhere close to rivaling his brother's, and he abandoned any publishing efforts altogether in 1868. The house of Beadle and Adams went on to publish thirty-one more novel series, many of them reprints of earlier publication. The longest running series, Beadle's New York Dime Library, outlived all of the firm's members, appearing from 1878 to 1905. Most of the stories remained true to the adventure formulas, although some series, like the Waverley Library, tried to appeal to a different audience with stories of romance, society, and intrigue, many of them reprints of British authors like George Eliot, Antony Trollope, and Sheridan Le Fanu. Other series, like The Sunnyside Library and The Fireside Library, reprinted popular and literary British fiction.
Beadle and Adams also continued to publish periodicals, and two of their magazines achieved some measure of success. The Saturday Journal, a biweekly magazine, ran from 1870 to 1882; it was replaced in 1882 by Beadle's Weekly, later known as Banner Weekly, which appeared until 1897. These magazines were primarily story papers, although they also included advice columns and hunting, fishing, and trapping sections. Under his different firms, Erastus Beadle also continued to publish dime books on various non-fictional subjects, including biographies, joke books, civil war information, and many topics of the sort that Irwin Beadle published in the 1860s.
Erastus Beadle did not outlive his firm. With the house's publication rate declining and his health failing, he withdrew from the company completely and retired to Cooperstown in 1889 for good, where he remained until his death on December 18, 1894. David Adams had died in 1886, and his brother William would die in 1897. That same year, Orville J. Victor retired from his twenty-eight year position as Beadle editor, and William Adams' executors disposed of the remaining publications: the Beadle Dime and Half Dime Novels were sold to another publisher, and the Banner Weekly was discontinued.
Note: See appendices for a list of Beadle and Adams publications in Special Collections at the University of Delaware Library and for a chronological listing of the different Beadle novel series. The chronological list of Beadle novel series is for information purposes only and does not reflect library holdings.
Source:Johannsen, Albert. The House of Beadle and Adams and its Nickel and Dime Novels. 3 vols. Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 1950; 1962.
Scope and Content Note
Series I contains two folders of letters that Erastus Beadle solicited when he was compiling a genealogy of the Beadle family. The dates span 1857-1866, with the bulk of the material dating from 1864-1865. Although the finished project is not extant, these letters, grouped by correspondent, contain a multitude of information from various Beadles, as well as families whose names might have derived from "Beadle," such as Bedell and Bidell. Erastus Beadle also contacted numerous town clerks who provided him information from birth and death records. Information about the Beadle history goes back as far as the seventeenth century, and the correspondents draw from oral and written history, offering to send wills, records, transcriptions from family bibles, photographs, and letters. The second folder also contains a rough genealogical chart of the Beadle family, along with a transcription of a deposition from a witch trial, taken in 1692, in Salem, Massachusetts, which took place in the house of a Thomas Beadle.
There are also seven letters to Erastus Beadle written by his cousin Benjamin G. Beadle, which span the dates 1848-1864. Most of the letters were written from Memphis, Tennessee, where Benjamin was engaged in various businesses endeavors, primarily farming. The bulk of the letters were written in 1857, when Erastus had temporarily abandoned his publishing attempts in Buffalo, New York and was trying his luck with real estate during the land boom in Omaha, Nebraska. Benjamin encourages Erastus several times to try his luck with printing in Memphis, even going so far as to suggest his cousin to a company who needed a printer. These letters provide a detailed record of a mid nineteenth-century printing business, including specifics on wages and needed skills. Benjamin Beadle's 1864 letter from Vicksburg, Mississippi, where he is attempting to raise cotton, gives an account of plantation life during the Civil War. Included in the folder is an 1848 letter that is probably to an E.R. Beadle, a New Orleans minster. E.R. Beadle is mentioned in a July 25, 1964 letter, located in Folder 2, written to Erastus Beadle by Henry Wheattam, one of his genealogical correspondents.
Also included is a folder of letters that relate either to Erastus Beadle or to the Beadle and Adams firm. These documents contain both personal and business information. In a letter to his daughter Sophia, Beadle writes about the memories that arose when he visited his birthplace, Pierstown, which is located close to Cooperstown, his chosen place of retirement. There is also a draft of a letter to a William Benson, a customs collector, in which Beadle vigorously defends the novels he publishes from charges of indecency, stating that his house had never published "an immoral or impure book." Dime novels had acquired the reputation of being a corrupting influence on the youth that so eagerly consumed them; perhaps to combat this image, the writing of Beadle authors was guided by a list of instructions that prohibited any "moral taint" in their work. Other letters include an 1886 letter by William Adams, by now the only other partner in the firm, a letter of condolence from an unknown correspondent to Sophia B. Raymond, Beadle's daughter, on her father's death, and two letters that probably relate to Beadle's genealogical efforts.
Last in the series is a collection of bills from Cooperstown businesses and three checks written by Erastus Beadle; these materials date from the last years of his life. There is also a copy of Erastus Beadle's will, along with a certificate granting letters testamentary to Sophia Raymond.
When Beadle editor Orville J. Victor retired from his twenty-eight year stint with the firm in 1897, several of the regular Beadle writers composed letters of tribute to him. Section II contains eight original letters and four photostatic copies from several Beadle authors, including T.C. Harbaugh, Prentiss Ingraham, Gilbert Patten, Charles Morris, George C. Jenks, William Eyster, J.H. Whitson, and Edward S. Ellis, whose novel Seth Jones; or The Captives of the Frontier (1860) was perhaps the most successful Beadle Dime novel. Each writer praises Victor's skill, fairness, and competence, many of them asserting that the editor guided their writing from the beginning of their career. Some letters also acknowledge the deaths of Erastus Beadle and David and William Adams; the latter had died the previous year.
Series III contains letters written to Dr. Frank P. O'Brien, a New York dentist and a prominent collector of dime novels. Most of the letters, all of which were written between 1914-1920, come from writer T.C. Harbaugh (1849-1924), who composed poetry and prose for the Beadle firm and for other publishers. Harbaugh provides O'Brien with anecdotes about various Beadle authors, discussing their personalities, pseudonyms, and lives after the cessation of Beadle and Adams. His letters also contain references to Orville Victor, who, he claimed, was a great editor who "know what the 'boys' wanted," as well as to Erastus Beadle and to the Adams brothers. Although he published a great deal during the nineteenth century, Harbaugh eventually would die in poverty, and he writes to O'Brien that he has suffered a collapse after forty-four years of writing, and that he can not even afford a turkey for Thanksgiving. He looks back with nostalgia on the former triumph of the Beadle house, urging O'Brien to bring about a revival of the old dime novels. Also included are a 1921 poem, "A Christmas Sentiment," that Harbaugh wrote about the Beadle, a 1907 cyanotype portrait of Harbaugh, and a photograph of the birthplace of Anne S. Stephens, author of the first Beadle Dime Novel, Maeleska (1860). The series also contains a postcard and an envelope from Oll Coomes (1845-1921), another Beadle writer, as well as a letter from Roland D. Sawyer, a Massachusetts politician and clergyman.
I. Letters and Papers relating to Erastus F. Beadle, 1857-1895 II. Tribute Letters to Orville J. Victor, 1897 III. Letters Written to Frank P. O'Brien, 1914-1921 IV. Appendix A: Beadle Publications in Special Collections in the University of Delaware Library V. Appendix B: Beadle Novel series
Series I. Letters and Papers relating to Erastus F. Beadle, 1857-1895 Contains letters, notes, and financial and legal documents belonging to publisher and printer Erastus F. Beadle. F1-2 Genealogical Correspondence, 1857-1866. 88 letters from various Beadle, Bedell, and Biddle family members, as well as from town clerks and registrars. Also included are two pages of notes, two transcriptions, and a rough genealogical diagram. F3 Letters from Benjamin G. Beadle, 1848-1864 7 letters to Erastus F. Beadle and one to the Rev. E.R. Beadle of New Orleans F4 Letters, 1864-1894 6 letters, both professional and personal concerning E.F. Beadle or the Beadle and Adams firm. F5 Financial Documents Bills and checks belonging to Erastus F. Beadle. F6 Last Will and Testament of Erastus F. Beadle Includes a certificate of letters testamentary given to Sophia B. Raymond. Series II. Tribute Letters to Orville J. Victor, 1897 These letters were written by several Beadle authors to either Victor or Prentiss Ingraham, another author with the firm, in honor of Victor's 1897 retirement from Beadle and Adams. F7 Cox, S.A.D 1897 Feb 15 TLS 1p Harbaugh, T.C. (Thomas Chalmers), 1849-1924 1897 Mar 14 ALS 2p M'Keever, Abbie C. 1897 Apr 14 ALS 4p Manning, William H 1897 Apr 14 AL 4p Morris, Charles, 1833-1922 1897 Apr 15 ALS 2p F7 Eyster, William R, 1841-1918 1897 Apr 19 TLS 2p Whitson, J.H. (John Harvey), 1854 1897 May 1 ALS 2p Patten, Gilbert, 1866-1945 1897 May 3 ALS 3p Ingraham, Prentiss, 1843-1904 1897 Apr 8 ALS (x) 2p Ellis, Edward S., 1840-1916 1897 Apr 13 TLS (x) 1p Jenks, George C. 1897 Apr 14 TLS (x) 1p Cowdrick, Jessie 1897 Apr 17 TLS (x) 1p Series III. Letters Written to Frank P. O'Brien, 1914-1921 Contains letters and photographs from two Beadle and Adams' authors and a collector. Also includes a 1921 poem, "A Christmas Sentiment," a cyanotype portrait of Harbaugh, and a photograph of the birthplace of Anne S. Stephens, author of the first Beadle Dime Novel, Malaeska, the Indian Wife of the White Hunter (1860). F8 Harbaugh, T.C., 1914-1920 1914 Oct 10 ALS 1p 1914 Nov 19 ALS 2p 1914 Nov 29 ALS 2p 1914 Dec 8 ALS 3p 1914 Dec 24 ALS 3p 1915 Jan 8 ALS 1p 1915 Jan 17 ALS 4p 1915 Feb 1 ALS 4p 1915 Feb 17 ALS 2p 1915 Nov 8 ALS 1p 1920 Feb 2 ALS 1p F8 Coombs, Oll 1916 Aug 17 ACS 1p Sawyer, Roland D., 1874 - 1919 Dec 19 TLS 1p Appendix A Beadle Publications in Special Collections at the University of Delaware Library Aiken, Albert W. Nimble Nick, the Circus Prince. New York: Beadle and Adams, 1886. PS1006.A79 N54 Badger, Jos. E. (Joseph Edward). Redlaw, the Half-Breed, or, The Tangled Trail: a Tale of the Settlements. New York: Beadle and Co., 1870. PS3515 .A9747 R43x 1870 Beadle's Dime Library of Choice Fiction. New York, Beadle and Company. no.2 (1862), no.4 (1864) PS648.D5 B424 Beadle's Boy's Library of Sport, Story and Adventure. New York: Beadle and Adams. no.2, no.5-no.6, no.9-no.10, no.18, no.21, no.23-no.25, no.27-no.28, no.33, no.37, no.43, no.49-no.50, no.54, no.58, no.62 PS648.D5 B415 Beadle's Dime Dialogues. New York: M. J. Ivers. no.3 (1864), no.17 (1876), no.20 (1877), no.28 (1881), no.30 (1824), no.35 (1887), no.37 (1890), no.39 (1891) PN4291 .B44 Beadle's Dime Library. New York, Beadle and Adams. no.479 (1887), no.486 (1888), no.492 (1888), no.560 (1889), no.973 (1897), no.984 (1897), no.988 (1897), no.993 (1897), no.1003 (1898), no.1049 (1901) PS648.D5 b B42 Beadle's Dime Serio-Comic Speaker; a new and choice collection of original, selected and adapted laughable, enjoyable and effective pieces for school, exhibition and home stage. New York: Beadle and Adams, c1877. PN4201 .B375 Beadle's Dime Song Book, no. 1: a collection of new and popular comic and sentimental songs. New York : Beadle and Company, 1859. M1628 .B45x 1859 Beadle's Dime Song Book, no. 5: a collection of new and popular comic and sentimental songs. New York: Irwin P. Beadle and Co., c1860. M1628 .B45 1862 Beadle's Dime Union Song Book, no. 3: comprising new and popular patriotic songs for the times. New York: Beadle and Co., 1862. M1628 .B43 Beadle's Half Dime library. New York, Beadle and Adams. no.4-no.10, no.13, no.15, no.23, no.25-no.26, no.29, no.34, no.39, no.43-no.44, no.51, no.56, no.58, no.66-no.67, no.78, no.95-no.97, no.99, no.103, no.105, no.110, no.115, no.118, no.131, no.133, no.137, no.142, no.150, no.154, no.159, no.164, no.166, no.168, no.172-no.174, no.177, no.179-no.180, no.183-no.208, no.210, no.214, no.224, no.231, no.234-no.235, no.245-no.246, no.249-no.250, no.257, no.264-no.265, no.269, no.271, no.275-no.276, no.279-no.280, no.284, no.292, no.297, no.307-no.308, no.312-no.313, no.315, no.318, no.331-no.332, no.338, no.341, no.344, no.346, no.348-no.349, no.353, no.357, no.359-no.361, no.363-no.364, no.366, no.375-no.376, no.379-no.381, no.390, no.392, no.395, no.404, no.407, no.414-no.415, no.427, no.429, no.432, no.435-no.436, no.439-no.440, no.442, no.446, no.449, no.452, no.455, no.461, no.463-no.464, no.470, no.477, no.479, no.484, no.513, no.517, no.524, no.550, no.562, no.573, no.576, no.579, no.594, no.596, no.999, no.1025, no.1032 PS648.D5 B43 Beadle's Pocket Library. New York: Beadle and Adams. no.29, no.156, no.161, no.166, no.170, no.176, no.378, no.438 PS648.D5 B44 Chadwick, Henry, ed. Beadle's Dime Hand-Book of Pedestrianism: Giving the rules for training and practice in walking, running, leaping, vaulting, etc., etc.: together with a full account of the great Weston feat. New York: Beadle, c1867. GV1071 .G54 Clark, Charles Dunning. The Dashing Dragoons, or, The Loyal Scouts. New York: Beadle and Adams, 1874.PS1299.C165 D37 1874 Coomes, Oll. Red Rob, the Boy Road-Agent. New York : Beadle and Adams, 1877. PS1399.C635 R42 Denison, Mary Andrews. Florida, or, The Iron Will: a Story of Today. New York; London: Beadle, c1860. PS1534.D535 F58 1860 Dewey, Frederick H. Will-o'-the-Wisp, the California Trooper. New York: Beadle and Adams, 1875. PS1536.D843 W54 1875 Duganne, A. J. H. (Augustine Joseph Hickey). Massasoit's Daughter, or, The French Captives: a Romance of Aboriginal New-England. New York; London: Beadle and Co., 1862. PS1555.D4 M37 1862 Ellis, Edward Sylvester. The Frontier Angel: a Romance of Kentucky Rangers' Life. New York: Beadle and Co., c1862. PS1589.E3 F78 1862 Ellis, Edward Sylvester. Nathan Todd, or, The Fate of the Sioux' Captive. London; New York: Beadle and Co., 1860. PS1589.E3 N32 1860 Ellis, Edward Sylvester. Old Grizzly, the Bear-Tamer. New York: Beadle and Adams: 1874. PS1589 .E3 O42 1874 Eyster, William R. Cedar Swamp, or, Wild Nat's Brigade: a Tale of Tory Treachery and Patriot Bravery. New York: Beadle and Co., 1860. PS1654.E915 C44 1860 Gleason, George. Tippy, the Texan, or, The Young Champion: a Story of the Siege of Monterey. New York: Beadle and Adams, 1874. PS1749.G285 T54 1874 Hamilton, W. J. The Prairie Scourge, or, The Jaguar Pet. New York: Beadle and Adams, 1872. PS1784.H4832 P74 Hazeltine, Miron. Beadle's Dime Chess Instructor, containing all the elements of this fascinating game, their application to play by means of the best openings, and a series of brilliant games. New York: Beadle and Co., 1860. GV1446 .H53 1860b Legrand, Louis. Beadle's Dime Letter-Writer: a perfect guide to all kinds of correspondence, with a dictionary of phrases, quotations etc., etc. New York: Beadle, 1861. PE1483 .L45 1861 The National Tax Law, Complete: embodying the organic, the general and specific provisions, provisions for the appointment and governance of collectors, assessors and theirs assistants, alphabetical schedule-list of articles taxed, with rates, etc., etc. New York : Beadle and Co., 1862. HJ3251 .B39x 1862 Starbuck, Roger. The Pearl Pirates : a Tale of the Ceylon Pearl-Fisheries. New York: Beadle and Adams, 1874. PS2908.S373 P42 1874 Victor, Metta Victoria Fuller. The Dime Recipe Book: Embodying the latest and best information for the American household : a directory for the parlor, the nursery, the sick-room, the toilet, and the kitchen. New York : Irwin P. Beadle, 1869. TX153 .V65 1869 Whitehead, L. The New House that Jack Built. An Original American Version. New York, Beadle and Co., 1865. PS3179.W6 N4 Appendix B Chronological List of Beadle's Novels Series
Note: This chronological list of Beadle novel series is for information purposes only and does not reflect library holdings.Title and Dates Numbers and Volumes Notes Beadle's Dime Novels Jun 9, 1860 - Nov 17, 1874 321 nos. Beadle's New Dime Novels Dec 1, 1874 - Nov 3, 1885 309 nos Continuation of BDN (nos 322-631) Beadle's Fifteen Cent Novels 1860 - May 1,1861 22 nos Beadle's Half-Dime Novelettes Dec 5, 1860 Beadle's American Library Feb 15, 1861 - Feb 1, 1866 60 nos London Branch of Beadle and Co. Beadle's Sixpenny Tales Mar 1, 1862 - Jul 1, 1863 11 nos London Branch. Reprints American Library Tales Apr - Aug 1862 4 nos Reprints of BAL issues, 3 per volume Beadle's Standard Library of Romance Jun -Aug, 1862 4 nos Each contained 2 or 3 BDN Beadle's Dime Tales, Traditions, and Romance of Border and Revolutionary Times Sep 15, 1863 - Aug 10, 1864 12 nos American Tales Nov 12, 1868 - Apr 13, 1872 93 nos 2 series: 1-44, 45:1- 93:49 Beadle's Dime Library of Choice Fiction Jan 12, 1864 - Jun 21, 1864 6 nos Beadle's Dime Fiction Nov 15, 1864 - Jul 11, 1865 9 nos Beadle's Classic Stories Dec 20, 1864 Fifty Cents Books 1866 - 1869 5 nos occasional publications Frank Starr's American Novels 1869 - May 8, 1877 221 nos First 17 reprints of Irwin P. Beadle's American Novels The New Twenty-five Cent Novels Nov 1, 1869 - Feb, 1870 4 nos Frank Starr's Fifteen Cent Illustrated Novels Nov 19, 1869 - Jul 7, 1871 22 nos New and Old Friends Jan 25, 1873 - Feb 21, 1874 18 nos All expect 1 reprints of BDN Title and Dates Numbers and Volumes Notes Boys' Books of Romance and Adventure Mar 10, 1874 - Dec 31, 1874 21 nos Reprints from Beadle publications Beadle's Pocket Novels Jul 7, 1874 - Nov 25, 1884 272 nos Reprints from Beadle publications Cheap Edition of Popular Authors (25 cents) May 15, 1875 - Sep 15, 1877 29 nos Reprints from Beadle publications Beadle and Adams' Twenty Cent Novels Jul 30, 1877 - Dec 5, 1877 32 nos Reprints from Saturday Journal or double numbers of BDN. The Fireside Library Apr 10, 1877 - Jun 29, 1882 145 nos Many reprints of English novels, including Dickens, Collins, and Trollope. Franks Starr's Ten Cent Pocket Library May 4, 1877 - Jul 30, 1877 6 nos Franks Starr's New York Library; The New York Library May 10, 1877 - Feb 7, 1878 26 nos Beadle's New York Dime Library; The New York Dime Library (Beadle's Dime Library) Feb 19, 1878 (no 27) - Dec 1905 1103 nos First 27 numbers are reissues of FSNYL The Sunnyside Library Jul - Oct, 1877 6 nos Reprints of classic stories, among them, stories by Byron, Scott, and Milton; published by Adams, Victor, and Co. Beadle's Half Dime Library Oct 15, 1877 - Dec, 1905 1168 nos Introduction of Deadwood Dick and Broadway Billy characters Waverley Library (5 cents) Nov 18, 1879 - Aug 17, 1886 117 nos Many English reprints. Beadle's Boy's Library of Sport, Story and Adventure (5 cents) Dec 14, 1881 - April 2, 1884 320 nos The Pocket Library (5 cents) Jan 16, 1884 - Jun 28, 1893 494 nos Reprints of Beadle publications. Beadle's Popular Library (5 cents) Apr 1, 1891 - Mar 9, 1892 50 nos Beadle Periodicals: Youth's Casket Jan, 1852 - Dec, 1857 6 vols The Home Jan, 1856 - Jun, 1860 9 vols Beadle's Monthly Jan, 1866 - Jun, 1867 3 vols Saturday Journal Mar 19, 1870 - Nov 11, 1882 13 vols, 661 nos Beadle's Weekly; Banner Weekly Nov 18, 1882 - May 22, 1897 15 vols, 758 nos Belles and Beaux Jan, 1874 - Apr, 1874 1 vol Girls of Today Dec 4, 1875 - May 20, 1876 1 vol, 26 nos The Young New Yorker Nov 25, 1878 - May 17, 1879 1 vol, 26 nos Irwin P. Beadle and Co. Novel Series: Irwin P. Beadle's Ten Cent Novels 12 Sep, 1863 - Feb 27, 1864 6 nos IPB retired after first numbers, taken over by George Munro & Co. Irwin P. Beadle's American Novels; Irwin's American Novels; American Novels Oct 7, 1865 - Dec 1868. 48 nos Irwin's Six Penny Tales 1867 2 nos
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