Big Blue Book collection: Finding Aid

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Overview of the Collection

Title: Big Blue Book collection
Dates (inclusive): 1927-1951
Bulk dates: 1947-1951
Collection Number: 605986
Creator: Haldeman-Julius, E. (Emanuel), 1888-1951, editor
Extent: 81 items in 4 boxes
Repository: The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens. Rare Books Department
1151 Oxford Road
San Marino, California 91108
Phone: (626) 405-2191
Email: reference@huntington.org
URL: http://www.huntington.org
Abstract: This collection contains 81 booklets from the popular Big Blue Book series edited by American social reformer and writer E. Haldeman-Julius and published by the Haldeman-Julius Company of Girard, Kansas. The collection includes booklets dating from 1927 to 1951, with the bulk from 1947 to 1951. The titles in the collection are primarily on topics related to free thought, humanism, religion, sex, health, self-improvement, and history. More than thirty different authors are represented, including sexologist David O. Cauldwell and freethought writer Joseph McCabe.
Language: English.
Note:
Finding aid last updated on January 12, 2015.

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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item]. Big Blue Book Collection, The Huntington Library, San Marino, California.

Provenance

Gift of Merle R. Bobzien, January 2014.

Historical Note

Emanuel Haldeman-Julius (1889-1951) was an American social reformer, writer, and publisher. Haldeman-Julius was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in 1889, and became a member of the Socialist part in the early 1910s. In 1915, he moved to Girard, Kansas, to edit the socialist paper The Appeal to Reason. Four years later, Haldeman-Julius, his wife, and Louis Kopelin purchased the Appeal's printing plant and formed the Appeal Publishing Company. That year, the company began producing a small, inexpensive booklet series titled The Appeal's Pocket Series. In 1922, the company became the Haldeman-Julius Company.
The booklets expanded into multiple series in the early 1920s, including the People's Pocket Series, Ten Cent Pocket Series, Five Cent Pocket Series, and Pocket Series; the most commonly issued pocket series, the "Little Blue Books," was begun in 1923. Little Blue Books were published from 1923 until 1978 in a uniform 3.5 x 5 inch format with color paper wrappers and a 15,000-word limit. The booklets were aimed at providing inexpensive educational resources to the working class and typically included reprints of classic literary works, socialist writings, original essays, often by liberal and radical writers, and self-improvement manuals.
In 1925, the company also began publishing "Big Blue Books," which were 8.5 x 5.5 inches and more expensive than the Little Blue Books. More than 300 million copies of the Big and Little Blue Books were sold before their discontinuation in 1964.
Haldeman-Julius died in 1951. Under the management of Haldeman-Julius's son Henry J. Haldeman, the company continued to produce pamphlets until the Girard plant was destroyed by fire in 1978.
Source:

Bushnell, Judith. "Haldeman-Julius Company," in The Dictionary of Literary Biography: Volume 46: American Literary Publishing Houses, 1900-1980 (Detroit, Michigan: Gale Research Company, 1986).

Scope and Content

This collection contains 81 booklets from the Big Blue Book series edited by American social reformer and writer E. Haldeman-Julius and published by the Haldeman-Julius Company of Girard, Kansas. The collection includes booklets dating from 1927 to 1951, with the bulk from 1947 to 1951. The titles in the collection are primarily on topics related to free thought, superstition, humanism, religion, sex, psychology, health, relationships, self-improvement, and history. More than thirty different authors are represented, including a number by sexologist Dr. David O. Cauldwell and freethought writer Joseph McCabe.
The booklets are 8.5 x 5.5 inches, with colored paper wrappers; many have the name "Leo Rosenthal" stamped on the inside front cover. Entries for each imprint in the contents list contain the following information (when known): publisher's number; title; date; and author(s).

Related materials in the Huntington Library

Arrangement

The books are arranged numerically according to the publisher's title number, often with a "B" prefix, printed on the front cover.

Indexing Terms

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the Huntington Library's Online Catalog.  

Subjects

Big blue book
Catholic Church -- Controversial literature
Free thought
Humanism
Psychology
Religion
Sex
Sex customs
Superstition
World history

Added Entries

Barrett, T. D.
Blank, Nell
Blank, Sarge
Bristol, Richard R.
Cauldwell, David O. (David Oliver), 1896-
Crapsey, Algernon Sidney, 1847-1927
Draper, William R.
Dulaure, J.-A. (Jacques-Antoine), 1755-1835
Eastman, Rex R.
Eldridge, Paul, 1888-1982
Fulks, Clay
Gould, F. J. (Floyd Jerome), 1936-
Haldeman-Julius, E. (Emanuel), 1888-1951
Haldeman-Julius, E. (Emanuel), 1888-1951, editor
Leigh, W. R.
Liber, B. (Benzion), 1875-
Mangasarian, M. M. (Mangasar Mugurditch), 1859-1943
McCabe, Joseph, 1867-1955
McGee, John Edwin, 1893-
Niemoeller, A. F. (Adolph Fredrick), 1903-
Reiser, Oliver Leslie, 1895-1974
Ries, Estelle H.
Robertson, J. M. (John Mackinnon), 1856-1933
Sessions, Alanson E.
Shaw, Bernard, 1856-1950
Sinclair, Upton, 1878-1968
Stiles, Henry Reed, 1832-1909
Strachstein, Abraham, 1881-
Swancara, Frank
Weaver, George Russell
Wolbarst, A. L. (Abraham Leo), 1872-
Woodford, Jack, 1894-1971
Yarros, Victor S.
Haldeman-Julius Company, publisher


Collection Contents

 

Big Blue Books

Box 1

Big Blue Books Nos. B-37 to B-599

No. B-37

Free speech and free thought in America / E. Haldeman-Julius. 1927

Author(s): Haldeman-Julius, E. (Emanuel), 1888-1951
No. B-40

This tyranny of bunk / E. Haldeman-Julius. 1927

Author(s): Haldeman-Julius, E. (Emanuel), 1888-1951
No. B-461

The return of humanism : sketches of Rabelais, Montaigne, Cervantes, Bruno, Shakespeare and Galileo / Joseph McCabe.

Author(s): McCabe, Joseph, 1867-1955

Note: Volume III of One hundred men who moved the world : character sketches of the greatest creative forces of history.
No. B-477

Famous dates in history : a chronological history of the world. / by Rex. R. Eastman. 1949

Author(s): Eastman, Rex R.
No. B-500

True tales of buried treasure : famous, mysterious, and fascinating treasures / by T.D. Barrett. 1946

Author(s): Barrett, T. D.
No. B-532

Semen for sale : all about artificial insemination--how it's done. The $2,000 black market on babies. Test tube babies--latest facts. Husbands for hire. Fathers by proxy, and a condensation of facts everyone wants to know. / by D.O. Cauldwell, M.D., Sc.D. 1947

Author(s): Cauldwell, David O. (David Oliver), 1896-
No. B-533

A book of popular superstitions : a study of humanity's capacity for wrong beliefs / Joseph McCabe. [© 1932]

Author(s): McCabe, Joseph, 1867-1955
No. B-538

Perverted haters of sex : there are persons who hate sex walking among us every day--a candid study of a strange perversion / by D.O. Cauldwell, M.D., Sc.D. 1947

Author(s): Cauldwell, David O. (David Oliver), 1896-
No. B-539

The menace of mysticisms : the place of bunk in the worlds of thought, emotion, and action--what it has done and is doing--what it would mean in terms of human progress if we outgrew it / by Joseph McCabe. 1947

Author(s): McCabe, Joseph, 1867-1955
No. B-562

Easy lessons in practical psychoanalysis : a workable guide for the use of amateurs who want to understand themselves and others better and thereby be happier / by D.O. Cauldwell, M.D., Sc.D. 1947

Author(s): Cauldwell, David O. (David Oliver), 1896-
No. B-566

Bundling : its origin, progress and decline in America / by Henry Reed Stiles, M.D. Introduction by A. F. Niemoeller. 1947

Author(s): Stiles, Henry Reed, 1832-1909
No. B-567

Adventures in the realm of ideas : and other essays in the fields of philosophy, science, political economy, theology, humanism, semantics, agnosticism, immortality and related subjects. / by Victor S. Yarros. 1947

Author(s): Yarros, Victor S.
No. B-571

Practical psychiatry for everyone : how to be your own mind doctor and solve mental health problems for yourself and others / by D.O. Cauldwell, M.D., Sc.D. 1947

Author(s): Cauldwell, David O. (David Oliver), 1896-
No. B-577

Religion and crime : the anti-social results and debilitant influence of religious emotions and concepts / by Frank Swancara, LL.B. 1947

Author(s): Swancara, Frank
No. B-580

The history and meaning of the Catholic index of forbidden books / Joseph McCabe. [November 1931]

Author(s): McCabe, Joseph, 1867-1955
No. B-582

The story of the world's oldest profession : prostitution in the ancient, medieval and modern worlds / Joseph McCabe. 1932

Author(s): McCabe, Joseph, 1867-1955
No. B-595

Chastity safeguards : a study of the mechanical means of preventing sexual indulgence, in both men and women, employed in different times and countries / by A.F. Niemoeller. 1947

Author(s): Niemoeller, A. F. (Adolph Fredrick), 1903-
No. B-597

Why sex offenders act that way : psychiatry shows that sex delinquents are desperately sick people / by D.O. Cauldwell, M.D., Sc.D. 1947

Author(s): Cauldwell, David O. (David Oliver), 1896-
No. B-599

The case for voluntary euthanasia : arguments in favor of merciful release from incurable suffering / A.L. Wolbarst, M.D., New York. 1947

Author(s): Wolbarst, A. L. (Abraham Leo), 1872-
Box 2

Big Blue Books Nos. B-600 to B-728

No. B-600

The problem of unwed fathers : a psychiatric study of a difficult situation, with sidelights on unmarried mothers and so-called illegitimate children / By D.O. Cauldwell, M.D. 1947

Author(s): Cauldwell, David O. (David Oliver), 1896-
No. B-604

Universal circumcision as a hygienic measure : a complete survey of the subject from primitive days to the present / A.L. Wolbarst, M.D., New York. 1947

Author(s): Wolbarst, A. L. (Abraham Leo), 1872-
No. B-608

The lies and fallacies of the Encyclopedia Britannica : how powerful and shameless clerical forces castrated a famous work of reference / by Joseph McCabe. 1947

Author(s): McCabe, Joseph, 1867-1955
No. B-611

Doubting fathers---psychological and biological paternity : can science prove who is whose father? The psychology of parenthood, with questions and answers / by D.O. Cauldwell, M.D. 1947

Author(s): Cauldwell, David O. (David Oliver), 1896-
No. B-613

Old age---its fears, its hopes : meeting the rising problems of declining years / by Estelle H. Ries. 1947

Author(s): Ries, Estelle H.
No. B-636

Eighty years a rebel : autobiography / by Joseph McCabe. 1947

Author(s): McCabe, Joseph, 1867-1955
No. B-662

All in the name of God / by W.R. Leigh. 1947

Author(s): Leigh, W. R.
No. B 666

A giant's strength : a three-act drama of the atomic bomb / by Upton Sinclair. 1948

Author(s): Sinclair, Upton, 1878-1968
No. B-695

Essays in criticism and guidance : studies of current life, trends of thought, lines of action, criticisms of evils, and guidance in the direction of realistic thinking and action / by E. Haldeman-Julius. 1948

Author(s): Haldeman-Julius, E. (Emanuel), 1888-1951
No. B-696

Why I am a nudist : how an ugly duckling became an accomplished beauty / as told by Nell Blank to D.O. Cauldwell, M.D. 1948

Author(s): Blank, Nell
No. B-697

Life in a nudist camp / as told by Sarge Bank to D.O. Cauldwell, M.D. 1948

Author(s): Blank, Sarge
No. B-699

Now that you are middle aged : middle age is not a bogey sounding the death knell--it can be the prime of life / by D.O. Cauldwell, M.D., Sc.D. 1948

Author(s): Cauldwell, David O. (David Oliver), 1896-
No. B-700

The dumbness of the great : a survey of the nonsense, absurdities, inconsistencies, illogicalities, inaccuracies, and idiocies of the world's outstanding leaders / by Joseph McCabe. 1948

Author(s): McCabe, Joseph, 1867-1955
No. B-707

The encyclopedia of essential knowledge : volume 1 / by Joseph McCabe. 1948

Author(s): McCabe, Joseph, 1867-1955

Note: "A to C"
No. B-711

How to retire to the Ozarks : methods by which weary laborers, jaded businessmen, artists and others made a go of it on retiring to work and play in this picturesque section / by William R. Draper. 1948

Author(s): Draper, William R.
No. B-725

The encyclopedia of essential knowledge : volume 2 / by Joseph McCabe. 1948

Author(s): McCabe, Joseph, 1867-1955

Note: "D to H"
No. B-728

Premature ejaculation---what to do about it : study of a condition common among men of all ages, with corrective methods and reasons why they work / by D.O. Cauldwell, M.D., Sc.D. 1948

Author(s): Cauldwell, David O. (David Oliver), 1896-
Box 3

Big Blue Books Nos. B-733 to B-822

No. B-733

A history of the British secular movement / by John Edwin McGee. 1948

Author(s): McGee, John Edwin, 1893-
No. B-734

The encyclopedia of essential knowledge : volume 3 / by Joseph McCabe. 1948

Author(s): McCabe, Joseph, 1867-1955

Note: "I to O"
No. B-740

The encyclopedia of essential knowledge : volume 4 / by Joseph McCabe. 1948

Author(s): McCabe, Joseph, 1867-1955

Note: "P to Z"
No. B-746

Male sex habits : the meaning of the Kinsey report : the implications of the epochal "sexual behavior in the human male"--a comprehensive and authoritative review / by D.O. Cauldwell. After Kinsey--what? / by George Russell Weaver. 1948

Author(s): Cauldwell, David O. (David Oliver), 1896- ; Weaver, George Russell
No. B-747

Nudism and the truth about nudists : an explanation of various aspects of social nudism, including an exhaustive criticism of the Kinsey report on nudity. / by D.O. Cauldwell, M.D., Sc.D. 1948

Author(s): Cauldwell, David O. (David Oliver), 1896-
No. B-750

Positive and negative blood : the Rhesus factor : why so many women have abortions and stillbirths. New light on a little-understood subject. Why so many mothers are able to have only one or two healthy babies / by D.O. Cauldwell, M.D., Sc.D. 1948

Author(s): Cauldwell, David O. (David Oliver), 1896-
No. B-751

The wisdom of the Chinese / selected, with an introduction, by Richard R. Bristol. 1948

Author(s): Bristol, Richard R.
No. B-764

The life story of Auguste Comte : the dramatic career of a great teacher, profound thinker and naïve character who tried to take superstitious ideas out of religion / by F. J. Gould. 1948

Author(s): Gould, F. J. (Floyd Jerome), 1936-
No. B-766

The life-story of Ernest Renan : an estimate of the total work and personality of the thinker, scholar, historian and humorist who was the most effective French influence since Voltaire / by J. M. Robertson. 1948

Author(s): Robertson, J. M. (John Mackinnon), 1856-1933
No. B-767

The epic of universal history : how the race became what it is / by Joseph McCabe. 1948

Author(s): McCabe, Joseph, 1867-1955
No. B-777

A guide to American spas : mineral springs and watering places : their beneficial influences in health recuperation / A. Strachstein, M.D., New York. 1948

Author(s): Strachstein, Abraham, 1881-
No. B-780

This world of 1949 and what do about it : revised letters to a workingman on the economic and political situation / by Upton Sinclair. [1948?]

Author(s): Sinclair, Upton, 1878-1968
No. B-782

The evolution of the virtue of chastity : an examination of the origin, development and historical operation of the law of sexual purity / by Joseph McCabe. 1948

Author(s): McCabe, Joseph, 1867-1955
No. B-789

The history of torture : a study of cruelty, the ugliest impulse in man / by Joseph McCabe. 1949

Author(s): McCabe, Joseph, 1867-1955
No. B 790

A history of Freemasonry : the story of its relations with Satan and the Popes / by Joseph McCabe. 1949

Author(s): McCabe, Joseph, 1867-1955
No. B-795

Sunbathing and nudism : benefits and injurious effects. How to guard against overexposure : why do some practice nudism? Do nudists use sunbathing as a pretense to cover up exhibitionism / by A. Strachstein, M.D. New York. 1949

Author(s): Strachstein, Abraham, 1881-
No. B-799

The amazing career of the Marquis de Sade : a study of the character and views of the man whose fantastic works gave rise to the word sadism / by Joseph McCabe. 1949

Author(s): McCabe, Joseph, 1867-1955
No. B 802

Confessions of a journalist : articles on what's wrong with the U.S. press, followed by editorials on subjects of public interest / by Victor S. Yarros (author of "Adventures in the realm of ideas."). 1949

Author(s): Yarros, Victor S.
No. B 812

The Catholic Church and the sex problem : the stupidity, futility, and insolence of its ethic / by Joseph McCabe. 1949

Author(s): McCabe, Joseph, 1867-1955
No. B-815

Pessimism and optimism : fresh treatment of an old subject / by Victor S. Yarros. 1949

Author(s): Yarros, Victor S.
No. B-817

Why be a nudist? : the intelligent, delightful and uninhibited may be nudists just for fun, or the hell of it / by D.O. Cauldwell, M.D., Sc.D. 1949

Author(s): Cauldwell, David O. (David Oliver), 1896-
No. B-822

The art of preserving one's manhood : as virility is inherent, no man should be a sexual weakling or failure, for virile powers can be made to respond at will / by D.O. Cauldwell, M.D., Sc.D. 1949

Author(s): Cauldwell, David O. (David Oliver), 1896-
Box 4

Big Blue Books Nos. B-828 to B-940

No. B-828

Why must we fight Russia? / by Alanson E. Sessions and miscellaneous articles by Clay Fulks, Dr. B. Liber, and others. 1949

Author(s): Sessions, Alanson E.
No. B-832

Scientific humanism as creative morality / by Oliver L. Reiser, Ph.D., professor of philosophy, University of Pittsburgh. Comments on professor Reiser's new scientific humanism by Joseph McCabe. 1949

Author(s): Reiser, Oliver Leslie, 1895-1974 ; McCabe, Joseph, 1867-1955
No. B-833

Sexual rejuvenation as a problem of science : a study of the work of scientists to extend man's capacity for sex well into old age / by Joseph McCabe. 1949

Author(s): McCabe, Joseph, 1867-1955
No. B 835

Masochism, and how it manifests itself : a study of Sacher-Masoch, known as "the great abnormal," who gave his name to a strange form of behavior--its prevalence and psychology / by Joseph McCabe. 1949

Author(s): McCabe, Joseph, 1867-1955
No. B-841

The inconsistencies and contradictions of Jesus : and other studies and reviews / by Victor S. Yarros. 1949

Author(s): Yarros, Victor S.
No. B-849

Masterpieces of erotic literature : a study of the outstanding works and sensuality in ancient, medieval and modern times / by Joseph McCabe. 1949

Author(s): McCabe, Joseph, 1867-1955
No. B-851

Christianity, a continuing calamity / by Clay Fulks and other articles by Mordecai T. Heller, E. Haldeman-Julius, H.G. Hayes, Jay William Hudson, John D. McInerney and Oliver L. Reiser Ph.D. 1950

Author(s): Fulks, Clay
No. B-852

A study of American mental shortcomings : based mainly on personal experiences and other facts / by B. Liber, M.D., New York. 1950

Author(s): Liber, B. (Benzion), 1875-
No. B-865

The myth of Catholic scholarship : the absurdities, falsehoods and distortions of the Catholic encyclopedia / by Joseph McCabe. 1950

Author(s): McCabe, Joseph, 1867-1955
No. B-870

Questions and answers on sex and the American attitude : press reports, magazines, books, letters and other sources have been combed for the data included in this book. Reflected are attitudes toward sex in its biological, legal, economic, social and various other aspects / by D.O. Cauldwell, M.D. 1950

Author(s): Cauldwell, David O. (David Oliver), 1896-
No. B-877

Cybernetics---the new science of the electronic and the human brain / by Joseph McCabe. 1950

Author(s): McCabe, Joseph, 1867-1955
No. B-878

Rome's syllabus of condemned opinions : the last blast of the Catholic Church's medieval trumpet / by Joseph McCabe. 1950

Author(s): McCabe, Joseph, 1867-1955
No. B-883

A popular author on reviewers, publishers and reading habits : along with numerous articles on the passing show by Howard Fast, Freda Cook, C.A. Willis, Bertrand Russell, Dr. E.H.S. Burhop, John D. McInerney, B. Liber, Ruby Davis, Joseph Efries, Paul Eldridge, John W. Gunn, H.G. Hayes / by Jack Woodford. 1950

Author(s): Woodford, Jack, 1894-1971
No. 887

Priapic divinities and phallic rites : a complete account of the worship of Priapus throughout the ages / by J. A. Dulaure. 1950

Author(s): Dulaure, J.-A. (Jacques-Antoine), 1755-1835
No. 890

Michel de Montaigne, skeptic and atheist : the wisest Frenchman who was a Jew / by Paul Eldridge. 1950

Author(s): Eldridge, Paul, 1888-1982
No. 892

Socialism and superior brains : a reply to Mr. W.H. Mallock / by Bernard Shaw. [1950]

Author(s): Shaw, Bernard, 1856-1950
No. 893

Anatole France, master of irony and pity : how an unkempt loafer became a world genius because he allowed himself to be led by the nose by his rich and attractive mistress / by Paul Eldridge. 1950

Author(s): Eldridge, Paul, 1888-1982
No. 898

The Mangasarian-Crapsey debate on the question, "did Jesus ever live?" [1950]

Author(s): Crapsey, Algernon Sidney, 1847-1927 ; Mangasarian, M. M. (Mangasar Mugurditch), 1859-1943
No. 911

Judged! : what 500 of the world's outstanding figures--in all forms of literary, historical, intellectual, humanitarian, artistic and political activity--have said about the Roman Catholic Church / by Joseph McCabe. 1950

Author(s): McCabe, Joseph, 1867-1955
No. 918

The origin and meaning of ideas : a study of the historical sources of our major ideas in religion, science, government, education morals, economics, etc., their influences for good or bad, and the future possibilities of our thinking / by Joseph McCabe. 1951

Author(s): McCabe, Joseph, 1867-1955
No. B-938

History's greatest liars : how "new historians" falsified and suppressed the truth at the behest of church interests / by Joseph McCabe. 1951

Author(s): McCabe, Joseph, 1867-1955
No. B-939

The Columbia encyclopedia's crimes against the truth : how a popular reference work is being used as a weapon against free culture and twisted to fit the purposes of lying obscurantists / by Joseph McCabe. 1951

Author(s): McCabe, Joseph, 1867-1955
No. B-940

A book of popular fallacies : lies in generally accepted quotations and proverbs / by Joseph McCabe. 1951

Author(s): McCabe, Joseph, 1867-1955