Stanford's Dime Novel and Story Paper Collection consists of over 8,000 individual items, and includes long runs of the major dime novel series Frank Leslie's Boys of America, Happy Days, Beadle's New York Dime Library, and others. Our online collection of over 2,300 dime novel cover images is available at http://www-sul.stanford.edu/depts/dp/pennies/home.html.
The creators of dime novels targeted youthful, working-class audiences and distributed their stories in massive editions at newsstands and dry goods stores. Though the publications conjure up stereotyped yarns of Wild West adventure, complete with lurid cover illustration, many other genres were represented: tales of urban outlaws, detective stories, working-girl narratives of virtue defended, and costume romances.
This online collection, Dime Novels - Full Text, provides scholars the complete text of a relatively small, but selective, sample from one of our collection's series, Secret Service. The selected issues underscore perceptions of race and conflict in turn-of-the-century America where Asian, Native American, or African American characters are often the chosen antagonists.