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."
Copyright for unpublished materials authored or otherwise produced by the creator(s) of
this collection has not been transferred to California State University, Northridge.
Copyright status for other materials is unknown. Transmission or reproduction of materials
protected by U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.) beyond that allowed by fair use requires
the written permission of the copyright owners. Works not in the public domain cannot be
commercially exploited without permission of the copyright owners. Responsibility for any
use rests exclusively with the user.
The collection is open for research use.