American Popular Literature

Horatio Alger Collection

Horatio Alger Society Repository NIU has the largest collection of materials related to Horatio Alger, Jr. in the country, and is the official repository of the Horatio Alger Society.

American Popular Literature Collection

The American Popular Literature Collection is comprised of mass-appeal publications issued in America from approximately 1840 to 1940. The collection contains first or early editions of best-sellers by both American and British authors of this period. Also included are popular history, gift books, poetry, periodicals, and other publications that were best-sellers or intended for mass audiences such as boys’ and girls’ series books.

Edward Stratemeyer Collection

A collection of first editions of the series novels written by the Stratemeyer Syndicate, the producer responsible for boys and girls mystery series such as the Hardy Boys, Bobbsey Twins, and Nancy Drew. This collection was purchased through the Friends of the NIU Libraries.

Dime Novels

Part of our dime novel collection is uncatalogued. We best estimate that our holdings are between 20,00 to 30,000 items. Click the link to learn more about our dime novel collections.

Comic Books, Graphic Novels

The Comic Book and Graphic Novel Collection is based around several large donations from collectors. It consists of approximately 1,200 titles (over 4000 issues) of comic books, graphic novels and trade editions, and trade magazines and fanzines. Much of our comic book collection dates from the 1970s forward, with particular strength in the 1990s. We do not hold a significant number of Golden Age or Silver Age comics. A large portion of the collection is minimally processed, and there are gaps in runs of titles. We continually add to this collection, chiefly through donations.

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