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Guide to the William J. Benners Papers
MSS 28B MSS 028B
||William J. Benners Papers
||1850-1940 (Bulk 1880-1920)
||William J. Benners, (1863-1940), was a writer, publisher, and historian of dime novels,
a class of popular fiction that flourished in the mid to late nineteenth century and
into the early twentieth. The William J. Benners Papers consist of letters to Benners
from family members, various authors, and publishers, fragments of dime novel manuscripts,
several research and accounting notebooks, and miscellany such as scrapbooks and photos.
The collection includes material on and belonging to Benners gathered by Ralph Adimari
during Adimari's extensive research on the history of the dime novel. It also includes
some personal papers of dime novel authors Charles Garvice and Emma A. B. Sharkey
(pseud. Mrs. E. Burke Collins), and publisher Frank Tousey.
||1.5 linear feet (3 boxes)