Big Little Books Collection

Sara Gunasekara
Department of Special Collections
General Library
University of California, Davis
Davis, CA 95616-5292
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Email: speccoll@ucdavis.edu
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Creator: Whitman Publishing Company
Title: Big Little Books Collection
Date (inclusive): 1933-1948
Extent: 10.4 linear feet
Abstract: The Big Little Books, a series of small books published by the Whitman Publishing Company, consist of stories based on comic strips, radio dramas, and popular fiction. This collection contains 193 volumes, including titles from the following series: Dick Tracy, Donald Duck, Mickey Mouse, and Popeye.
Physical location: Researchers should contact Special Collections to request collections, as many are stored offsite.
Repository: University of California, Davis. General Library. Dept. of Special Collections.
Davis, California 95616-5292
Collection number: D-480
Language of Material: Collection materials in English.

Administrative History

The Big Little Books are a series of small books published by the Whitman Publishing Company. They consist of stories based on comic strips, radio dramas, and popular fiction.

Scope and Content

The collection contains 193 Big Little Books including titles from the following series: Dick Tracy, Donald Duck, Mickey Mouse, and Popeye.

Arrangement of the Collection

The collection is arranged in alphabetical order by title.

Indexing Terms

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
Whitman Publishing Company
Big little books
Comic books, strips, etc.

Access

Collection is open for research.

Processing Information

Sara Gunasekara processed this collection and created and encoded this finding aid with assistance from student employee Michelle Xie.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Big Little Books Collection, D-480, Department of Special Collections, General Library, University of California, Davis.

Publication Rights

Copyright is protected by the copyright law, chapter 17, of the U.S. Code. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Head of Special Collections. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Department of Special Collections, General Library, University of California, Davis as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the researcher.

Collection Contents

Box 1

Allen Pike of the Parachute Squad U.S.A., by R.R. Witherbotham 1941

Box 1

Alley Oop and Dinny in the Jungles of Moo: Based on the Comic Strip by V.T. Hamlin 1936

Box 1

Andy Panda and the Pirate Ghosts by Walter Lantz 1947

Box 1

Andy Panda in the City of Ice by Walter Lanz 1946

Box 1

Andy Panda and Tiny Tom by Walter Lanz 1943

Box 1

Andy Panda's Vacation by Walter Lanz 1944

Box 1

Billy of Bar-Zero by Robert Marshall 1940

Box 1

Billy the Kid's Pledge by Robert Marshall 1940

Box 1

Blondie and Baby Dumpling by Chic Young 1933-1937

Box 2

Blondie, Baby Dumpling and All by Chic Young 1941

Box 2

Blondie and Bouncing Baby Dumpling by Chic Young 1940

Box 2

Blondie: Cookie, and Daisy's Pups by Chic Young 1943

Box 2

Blondie and Dagwood: Everybody's Happy: Based on the Famous Newspaper Strip by Chic Young 1948

Box 2

Brad Turner in Transatlantic Flight by Albert B Dale and Robert L. Jenney 1939

Box 2

Brick Bradford with Brocco the Modern Buccaneer by William Ritt and Clarence Gray 1934

Box 3

Broncho Bill adapted from comic strip by Harry F. O'Neill 1940

Box 3

The Buccaneer, Retold from the Paramount Picture Starring Fredrick March with Franciska Gaal by Cecil B. DeMille 1938

Box 3

Buckskin and Bullets: a Kid Wolf Story by Ward M. Stevens and Luther Hittle 1937

Box 3

Bugs Bunny the Masked marvel: From the Famous Motion Picture Cartoon by Author Unknown 1949

Box 3

Bugs Bunny in Risky Business: from the Famous Motion Picture Cartoon by Author Unknown 1948

Box 3

Bullet Benton adapted from strip by John J. Welch and J.W. McGuire 1939

Box 3

Buz Sawyer and Bomber 13 by Roy Crane 1946

Box 3

Captain Easy, Soldier of Fortune by Roy Crane 1934

Box 3

Captain Frank Hawks, Famous Air Ace, and the League of Twelve by Irwin Myers 1938

Box 4

Captain Midnight and Sheik Jomak Khan by Helen Berke 1946

Box 4

Chester Gump Finds the Hidden Treasure by Sidney Smith 1934

Box 4

The Story of Charlie McCarthy; from the Edgar Bergen-Charlie McCarthy Radio Programs by Eleanor Lewis Packer 1938

Box 4

Big Chief Wahoo and the Lost Pioneers by Allen Saunders and Elmer Woggon 1940

Box 4

Chuck Malloy Railroad Detective on the Streamliner by Thorp McClusky 1938

Box 4

Convoy Patrol: a Thrilling Story of the U.S. Navy by R.R. Winterbotham and Erwin L. Hess 1942

Box 4

Cowboy Malloy: A Western by Mark Millis 1940

Box 5

Dan Dunn Secret Operative 48 and the Crime Master by Norman Marsh 1937

Box 5

Dan Dunn Secret Operative 48 on the Trail of Wu Fang by Norman Marsh 1938

Box 5

Danger Trail North: a White Wolf Story by Jack Chambers and J.R. White 1940

Box 5

Death by Short Wave: A G-man story by Jack Adair 1938

Box 5

Dick Tracy and the Borus Arson Gang by Chester Gould 1935

Box 5

Detective Dick Tracy vs Crooks in Disquise based on newspaper strip by Chester Gould 1941

Box 5

Detective Dick Tracy and the Spider Gang retold from the Republican motion picture 1937

Box 6

Dick Tracy from Colorado to Nova Scotia by Chester Gould 1933

Box 6

Dick Tracy on the Trail of Larceny Lu by Chester Gould 1935

Box 6

Dick Tracy and the Man with No Face by Chester Gould 1938

Box 6

Dick Tracy Out West by Chester Gould 1933

Box 6

Dick Tracy Solves the Penfield Mystery by Chester Gould 1934

Box 6

Dick Tracy and the Racketeer Gang by Chester Gould 1936

Box 6

Dick Tracy Returns by Chester Gould 1939

Box 6

Dick Tracy, Special F.B.I. Operative by Chester Gould 1943

Box 7

Dick Tracy and the Hotel Murders by Chester Gould 1937

Box 7

Dick Tracy and the Wreath Kidnapping Case: Based on the Famous Newspaper Strip by Chester Gould by Chester Gould 1945

Box 7

Dick Tracy and Yogee Yamma by Helen Berke and Chester Gould 1946

Box 7

Donald Duck Gets Fed Up by Walt Disney 1940

Box 7

Donald Duck and Ghost Morgan's Treasure by Walt Disney 1946

Box 7

Donald Duck and the Green Serpent by Walt Disney 1947

Box 7

Donald Duck Headed for Trouble by Walt Disney 1940

Box 8

Donald Duck, Hunting for Trouble by Walt Disney 1938

Box 8

Donald Duck: Off the Beam by Walt Disney 1943

Box 8

Donald Duck Sees Stars by Walt Disney 1940

Box 8

Donald Duck Up in the Air by Walt Disney 1945

Box 8

Don O' Dare Finds War by Gaylord Du Bois 1940

Box 8

Don Winslow of the Navy and the Great War Plot by Frank Victor Martinek 1940

Box 9

Don Winslow: Navy Intelligence Ace by Frank Martinek 1942

Box 9

Don Winslow of the Navy and the Secret Enemy Base by Frank Victor Martinek 1943

Box 9

Fighting Heroes: Battle for Freedom by Stookie Allen 1942

Box 9

Flying the Sky Clipper with Winsie Atkins by Dougal Lee 1936

Box 9

The G-man on the Crime Trail by George Clark and Lou Hanlon 1936

Box 9

The G-man and the Gun Runners: Based on the Famous Newspaper Strip by George Clarke and Lou Hanlon 1940

Box 9

G-man and the Radio Bank Robberies by Allen Dale 1937

Box 9

G-Man vs. the Red X Author Unknown 1936

Box 9

Gene Autry and the Gun-smoke Reckoning Milton West 1943

Box 10

Gene Autry and the hawk of the Hills by H.C. Thomas and Henry E. Vallely 1942

Box 10

Gene Autry and the Red Bandit's Ghost Author Unknown 1940-1949?

Box 10

The Green Hornet Cracks Down Author Unknown 1942

Box 10

Hairbreadth Harry in Department QT by J M Alexander 1935

Box 10

The best Movie Gags: Heard among the Stars; illustrated with Scenes from Famous Photoplays by Hap Lee 1935

Box 10

Harold Teen: Swinging at the Sugar Bowl by Carl Ed 1939

Box 10

Inspector Charlie Chan: Villainy on the High Seas by Earl Derr Biggers 1942

Box 10

Inspector Wade of Scotland Yard in the Mystery of the Red Aces Author Unknown 1937

Box 11

Invisible Scarlet O'Neil, a New Story Based on the Famous Newspaper Strip by Russell Stamm 1943

Box 11

Jimmie Allen and the Airmail Robbery by Willfred G. Moore and Robert M. Burtt 1936

Box 11

Johnny Forty-five: A Western by Andrew Griffin 1939

Box 11

James Oliver Curwood's Kazan, King of the Pack: Another Thrilling Story of the Great World-dog of the Far North by James Oliver Curwood and Erwin L. Hess 1940

Box 11

James Oliver Curwood's Kazan in Revenge of the North: the Story of a Great Dog by James Oliver Curwood and Henry E. Vallely 1937

Box 11

Ken Maynard in Western Justice by Rex Loomis 1938

Box 11

Zane Grey's King of the Royal Mounted gets his Man: Based on the Famous Adventure Strip by Zane Grey 1938

Box 12

Zane Grey's King of the Royal Mounted and the Great Jewel Mystery: Based on the Famous Newspaper strip by Zane Grey 1937

Box 12

King of the Royal Mounted by Zane Grey 1938

Box 12

Zane Grey's King of the Royal Mounted and the Northern Treasure: based on the famous adventure strip by Zane Grey 1937

Box 12

Zip Saunders, King of the Speedway: an Auto Racing Story by Rex Loomis and Robert R. Weisman 1939

Box 12

Little Annie Rooney and the Orphan House, Based on Comic Strip by Brandon Walsh Author Unknown 1936

Box 12

Little Orphan Annie and the Ancient Treasure of Am by Harold Gray 1939

Box 12

Little Orphan Annie and the Big Train Robbery by Harold Gray 1934

Box 12

Little Orphan Annie and the Ghost Gang by Harold Gray 1935

Box 13

Little Orphan Annie in the Movies by Harold Gray 1937

Box 13

Little Orphan Annie and the Secret of the Well by Helen Berke 1938

Box 13

The Lone Ranger and his Horse Silver by Hal Arbo 1935

Box 13

The Lone Ranger on the Barbary Coast by Fran Striker and Henry E. Vallely 1944

Box 13

The Lone Ranger and the Black Shirt Highwayman: with Silver and Tonto by Fran Striker 1939

Box 13

The Lone Ranger Follows Through by Francis Hamilton Striker and Henry E. Vallely 1941

Box 13

The Lone Ranger and the Great Western Span by Fran Striker 1942

Box 14

The Lone Ranger and the Secret Weapon by Fran Striker 1943

Box 14

Ellery Queen, the Master Detective: the Adventure of the Murdered Millionaire: from the Radio Adventures of Ellery Queen by Ellery Queen and Erwin L. Hess 1942

Box 14

Mandrake the Magician and the Flame Pearls: Based on the Famous Newspaper Strip by Lee Falk 1946

Box 14

Maximo the Amazing Superman and the Crystals of Doom by R. R. Winterbotham and Henry E. Vallely 1941

Box 14

Maximo the Amazing Superman and the Super-machine by Russ Winterbotham 1941

Box 14

Walt Disney's the Perils of Mickey Mouse: the Seven Ghosts by Ann Braybrooks and Floyd Gottfredson (illustrator) 1993

Box 14

Mickey Mouse and the Bat Bandit by Walt Disney 1934

Box 15

Mickey Mouse in Blaggard Castle by Walt Disney 1934

Box 15

Mickey Mouse: Bellboy Detective by Walt Disney 1945

Box 15

Mickey Mouse and Bobo the Elephant by Walt Disney 1935

Box 15

Mickey Mouse on the Cave-man Island by Walt Disney 1940s

Box 15

Mickey Mouse the Detective by Walt Disney 1934

Box 15

Mickey Mouse and the Dude Ranch Bandit by Walt Disney 1943

Box 15

Mickey Mouse and the Lazy Daisy Mystery by Walt Disney 1947

Box 15

Mickey Mouse and the 'lectro Box by Walt Disney 1946

Box 15

Mickey Mouse, the Mail Pilot by Walt Disney Productions 1933

Box 16

Mickey Mouse and Pluto the Racer by Walt Disney 1936

Box 16

Mickey Mouse and the Pirate Submarine by Walt Disney 1939

Box 16

Mickey Mouse and the Race for Riches by Walt Disney 1938

Box 16

Mickey Mouse and the Sacred Jewel by Walt Disney 1936

Box 16

Mickey Mouse and the Stolen Jewels by Walt Disney 1947

Box 16

Mickey Mouse on Sky Island by Walt Disney 1941

Box 16

Mickey Mouse Runs His Own Newspaper by Walt Disney 1937

Box 16

Mickey Mouse Sails for Treasure Island by Walt Disney Productions 1933

Box 17

Mickey Mouse in the World of Tomorrow by Walt Disney 1948

Box 17

Mickey Rooney and Judy Garland by Edward I Gruskin 1941

Box 17

Mr. District Attorney on the Job based on the radio series by Phillips H. Lord 1941

Box 17

Ned Brant Adventure-bound adapted from comic strip by Bob Zuppke 1940

Box 17

Major Hoople and his Horse adapted from the famous newspaper cartoon strip 1940

Box 18

The Phantom and Desert Justice by Lee Falk and Ray Moore 1939

Box 18

The Phantom and the Girl of Mystery by Lee Falk and Ray Moore 1939

Box 18

The Return of the Phantom by Lee Falk 1942

Box 18

Pilot Pete and his Dive-bomber by Gaylord Du Bois 1941

Box 18

Popeye, the Super-fighter by E.C. Segar 1937

Box 18

Popeye the Sailor Man and Castor Oyl the Detective, Based on Comic Strip 1941

Box 18

Popeye and the Deep Sea Mystery by E.C. Segar 1939

Box 19

Popeye and the Jeep, Based on the Famous Comic Strip "Thimble Theatre" by E.C. Segar 1937

Box 19

Popeye in Quest of his Poopdeck Pappy by E.C. Segar 1937

Box 19

Popeye and Queen Olive Oyl by Bud Sagendorf 1949

Box 19

Porky Pig and Petunia: From the Famous Movie Cartoons by Leon Schlesinger 1942

Box 19

Porky Pig and his Gang: Based on the Famous "Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies" Animated Movie Cartoons 1946

Box 19

Punch Davis of the U.S. Aircraft Carrier by Roy J. Snell 1945

Box 19

Radio Patrol Outwitting the Gang Chief by Eddie Sullivan 1939

Box 20

Radio Patrol: the Radio Sleuths Trail the Safeblowers by Eddie Sullivan and Charlie Schmidt 1937

Box 20

Red Ryder and Circus Luck: Based on the Famous Newspaper Strip by Fred Harman 1949

Box 20

Red Ryder and the Outlaw of Painted Valley: Based on the Famous Newspaper Strip by Fred Harman 1943

Box 20

Red Ryder and the Rimrock Killer, Based on the Famous Newspaper Strip by Fred Harman 1948

Box 20

Red Ryder and the Secret Canyon: Based on the Famous Newspaper Strip by Fred Harman 1948

Box 20

Red Ryder and the Squaw-Tooth Rustlers: Based on the Famous Newspaper Strip by Fred Harman 1946

Box 20

Red Ryder in War on the Range: Based on the Famous Newspaper Strip by Fred Harman 1945

Box 20

Red Ryder and the Western Border Guns by Fred Harman 1941

Box 21

Roy Rogers and the Deadly Treasure Author Unknown 1947

Box 21

Secret Agent X-9 and the Mad Assassin by Robert Storm 1938

Box 21

The Shadow and the Ghost Makers by Walter Brown Gibson 1942

Box 21

The Shadow and the Master of Evil by Walter Brown Gibson 1941

Box 21

Sir Lancelot by Dorothy Haas and Helmuth Wegner 1958

Box 21

Skeezix in Africa by Frank O. King and Frank O. King 1934

Box 21

Skeezix on his Own in the Big City: From the Famous Newspaper Strip Gasoline Alley by Frank King 1940

Box 22

Skeezix at the Military Academy by Frank O. King 1938

Box 22

Skyroads with Hurricane Hawk by Dick Calkins and Russell Keaton 1936

Box 22

Smilin' Jack and the Escape from Death Rock, Based on Newspaper Strip by Zack Mosely 1938

Box 22

Smilin' Jack and the Jungle Pipe Line by Helen Berke and Zack Mosley 1947

Box 22

Smilin Jack, Speed Pilot by Zack Mosley 1941

Box 22

Smilin' Jack and the Stratosphere Ascent by Zack Mosley 1937

Box 22

Smokey Stover, the Foolish Foo Fighter: From the Ffamous Comic Strip by Bill Holman 1945

Box 22

Speed Douglas and the Mole Gang: the Great Sabotage Plot by Charles Arthur 1941

Box 23

Spike Kelly of the Commandos by Art Elder 1943

Box 23

Tailspin Tommy and the Lost Transport by Hal Forrest 1939

Box 23

Tailspin Tommy by Hal Forrest 1933

Box 23

Tailspin Tommy and the Great Air Mystery by Clark Williams and Hal Forrest 1995

Box 23

Tailspin Tommy Hunting for Pirate Gold by Hal Forrest 1935

Box 23

Tailspin Tommy and the Sky Bandits by Hal Forrest 1938

Box 23

Tarzan and the Ant Men by Edgar Rice Burroughs and John Coleman Burroughs 1932

Box 23

The Beasts of Tarzan by Edgar Rice Burroughs 1937

Box 24

Tarzan in the Land of the Giant Apes by Edgar Rice Burroughs 1949

Box 24

Tarzan and the Lost Empire by Edgar Rice Burroughs 1948

Box 24

Terry and the Pirates and the Giant's Vengeance by Milton Arthur Caniff 1939

Box 24

Terry and the Pirates: the Plantation Mystery by Milton Arthur Caniff 1942

Box 24

Terry and War in the Jungle by Helen Berke and Milton Arthur Caniff 1946

Box 24

Thumper and the Seven Dwarfs by Walt Disney 1944

Box 24

Tim McCoy and the Sandy Gulch Stampede by Gaylord Du Bois 1939

Box 24

Tim Tyler's Luck: The Plot of the Exiled King by Lyman Young 1939

Box 24

The Adventures of Tiny Tim by Stanly Link 1935

Box 25

Tiny Tim and the Mechanical Men by Stanley Link 1937

Box 25

Tom Beatty Ace of the Service and the Big Brain Gang by Rex Loomis 1939

Box 25

Tom Beatty Ace of the Service Scores Again by Russell Robert Winterbotham and Robert R. Weisman 1937

Box 25

Tom Mix and his Circus on the Barbary Coast by Pete Daryll and illustrated by James Gary 1940

Box 25

Tom Mix in the Range War by Buck Wilson and Hal Arbo 1937

Box 25

Two-gun Montana by Tex Reynolds and Henry E. Vallely 1936

Box 26

Union Pacific by Eleanor Lewis Packer 1939

Box 26

Uncle Wiggily's Adventures by Howard R. Garis 1946

Box 26

Up Dead Horse Canyon: a Pete Rice Story by Austin Gridley and Thomas Owlings 1940

Box 26

Wash Tubbs in Pandemonia by Roy Crane 1934

Box 26

Mickey Mouse Presents Walt Disney's Silly Symphonies Stories: Featuring Donald Duck, Peter Pig, Benny Bird, and Bucky Bug by Walt Disney 1936

Box 1

Windy Wayne and His Flying Wing, by R.R. Witherbotham 1942