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Guide to the William J. Benners Papers MSS.548

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

This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on October 15, 2018
Finding aid written in English. using Describing Archives: A Content Standard

 Collection renumbered from MSS 028B to MSS 548 by Jacqueline Rider.  , September 2018

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Benners, William J. (William James), 1863-1940
Title: William J. Benners Papers
Dates [inclusive]: 1850-1940
Dates [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 in 3 manuscript boxes
Location: Materials are stored offsite, and advance notice is required for use. Please request materials at least two business days prior to your research visit to coordinate access.
Call Phrase: MSS.548