Emanuel Haldeman-Julius Publishing
Records consists of a small number of business records, the personal records of Jack
Botwin, the printing plates for one title, and articles about the Haldeman-Julius
Collection at the Leonard H. Axe Library (formerly the Porter Library) at Pittsburg
State University, Kansas.
Emanuel Haldeman-Julius, a newspaper publisher, opened a publishing house in Girard,
Kansas, in 1919 where he published small, inexpensive paperback books, including classic
works of literature and essays on myriad topics, for the working and middle classes. For
his first printing project, he selected fifty classic and socialist works. In 1923 he
named the series "Little Blue Books." Little Blue Books measure 3½" x
5" and took their name from their blue covers. They fit into a pants or shirt
pocket, and were especially popular across the US through the 1930s and 1940s,
especially with travelers. He began issuing the Big Blue Books in 1925. They were 5
½" x 8 ½."
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of this collection has not been transferred to California State University,
Northridge. Copyright status for other materials is unknown. Transmission or
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The collection is open for research use.