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Guide to the William J. Benners Papers
1850-1940
(Bulk 1880-1920)
 MSS 28B MSS.028B

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Collection processed by Processed by Maxime La Fantasie, with portions reprocessed by William J. Levay in 2006.

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Description is in English.

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Title: William J. Benners Papers
Dates [inclusive]: 1850-1940 (Bulk 1880-1920)
Abstract: 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.
Quantity: 1.5 Linear Feet (3 boxes)
Call Phrase: MSS.028B