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Guide to the Emanuel Haldeman-Julius Little Blue Books Collection, 1923-1999
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  • Overview of the Collection

    Collection Title: Emanuel Haldeman-Julius Little Blue Books Collection
    Dates: 1923-1999
    Identification: SC/EHJL
    Creator: Haldeman-Julius, E. (Emanuel), 1888-1951
    Physical Description: 16.00 linear feet
    Language of Materials: English
    Repository: Special Collections
    Abstract: Emanuel Haldeman-Julius, a newspaper publisher, opened a publishing house in Girard, Kansas, where he published small, inexpensive paperback books, including classic works of literature and essays on myriad topics, for the working and middle classes. The publications in the Little Blue Books Collection are arranged by number from 1 to 1914. Gaps in the numbering usually indicate missing titles.

    Biographical Information:

    Emanuel Haldeman-Julius, a newspaper publisher, opened a publishing house in Girard, Kansas, in 1919 where he published small, inexpensive paperback books, including classic works of literature and essays on myriad topics, for the working and middle classes. For his first printing project, he selected fifty classic and socialist works. In 1923 he named the series "Little Blue Books." Little Blue Books measure 3½" x 5" and took their name from their blue covers. They fit into a pants or shirt pocket, and were especially popular across the US through the 1930s and 1940s, especially with travelers. He began issuing the Big Blue Books in 1925. They were 5 ½" x 8 ½."
    Haldeman-Julius felt there was no subject too controversial to be in print. Customers could order titles from mail order catalogs or visit one of the outlet stores in Cincinnati, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Venice, Colorado. The Los Angeles store opened in 1924 in the downtown Mercantile Arcade Building (recently converted to loft apartments).

    Access Terms

    This Collection is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.

    Corporate Name:

    Haldeman-Julius Company.

    Genre/Form of Material:

    Publications

    Personal Name:

    Haldeman-Julius, E. (Emanuel), 1888-1951

    Topical Term:

    Little blue book

    Administrative Information

    Accruals:

    1970s, 1990

    Processing Information:

    Tony Gardner, 2007

    Conditions Governing Use:

    Copyright for unpublished materials authored or otherwise produced by the creator(s) of this collection has not been transferred to California State University, Northridge. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.) beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owners. Works not in the public domain cannot be commercially exploited without permission of the copyright owners. Responsibility for any use rests exclusively with the user.

    Conditions Governing Access:

    The collection is open for research use.

    Preferred Citation:

    [Identification of item], [date], Emanuel Haldeman-Julius Little Blue Books Collection, Special Collections and Archives, Oviatt Library, California State University, Northridge.

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    Arrangement of Materials:

    Series I: Unbound
    Series II: Bound Volumes

    Scope and Contents

    The publications in this collection are arranged by number from 1 to 1914. Gaps in the numbering usually indicate missing titles. Some numbers were never used such as 1832-1842 and some numbers were used more than once for different titles. Many of the titles in this collection show evidence that the copyright date was scratched off the printing plate indicating it is a later re-issue. Multiple copies of the same number in the collection may have different titles or are distinguished by a cover illustration or different cover stock. They are divided into two series: Unbound and Bound Volumes.