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Stratemeyer Syndicate records

Title
Stratemeyer Syndicate records, 1832-1984, (bulk dates 1905-1984).
Author
Stratemeyer Syndicate.
Supplementary Content
Finding Aid

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Details

Additional Authors
  • Adams, Harriet Stratemeyer.
  • Alger, Horatio, 1832-1899.
  • Appleton, Victor.
  • Axelrad, Nancy S.
  • Garis, Howard Roger, 1873-1962.
  • Hope, Laura Lee.
  • Keene, Carolyn.
  • Squier, Edna Stratemeyer.
  • Stratemeyer, Edward, 1862-1930.
  • Svenson, Andrew E.
  • Winfield, Arthur M.
Description
147.9 linear feet (344 boxes, 38 volumes, 3 oversized folders), 7 cassettes
Summary
The Stratemeyer Syndicate Records document the literary and business activity of Edward Stratemeyer, his family and colleagues from 1832 until the sale of the Stratemeyer Syndicate to Simon and Schuster, Inc. in 1984. The records include original manuscripts, editorial notes and correspondence, business and administrative files, promotional material, photographs, musical scores and artwork. The bulk of this material dates from the period 1905-1984, and documents the rise of one of America's largest producers of children's books. The collection is an important resource for the study of American popular culture, children's literature and the history of publishing.
Subjects
Access (note)
  • Restricted access;
Additional Formats (note)
  • available on microfilm:
  • available on microfilm:
  • available on microfilm:
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Source (note)
  • Simon and Schuster, inc.
Biography (note)
  • The Stratemeyer Syndicate was established in 1905 by Edward Stratemeyer, a prolific author of juvenile literature. The Syndicate made contracts with large publishing firms, agreeing to supply them with numerous volumes of children's books in series. Stratemeyer hired ghostwriters to produce manuscripts for these books based on his own detailed plot outlines. He wanted entertaining stories that served a serious moral and didactic purpose, and viewed the work of Horatio Alger as a model. Syndicate writers were paid a one-time fee for each manuscript, received no royalties, and agreed never to reveal their true identities. The Stratemeyer Syndicate flourished by producing such popular children's book series as Tom Swift, The Hardy Boys, The Bobbsey Twins and Nancy Drew. After Edward Stratemeyer's death in 1930, his daughters Harriet Stratemeyer Adams and Edna Stratemeyer Squier ran the business as joint partners. They introduced new book series, revised old titles, marketed books abroad and sold television and film rights. After the death of Edna Stratemeyer Squier in 1974, Harriet Stratemeyer Adams revealed herself to be the pseudonymous Carolyn Keene, author of many Nancy Drew books. In 1979 the Syndicate broke with longtime publisher Grosset & Dunlap and signed a new contract with Simon and Schuster, Inc. In 1984, two years after the death of Harriet Stratemeyer Adams, the Syndicate was sold to Simon and Schuster.
Indexes/Finding Aids (note)
  • Unpublished finding aid available at repository and on Internet.
Processing Action (note)
  • cataloged
Call Number
MssCol 2903
Author
Stratemeyer Syndicate.
Title
Stratemeyer Syndicate records, 1832-1984, (bulk dates 1905-1984).
Restricted Access
Restricted access; Manuscripts and Archives Division; Permit must be requested at the division indicated. Contents of boxes 1-31, 204-243 and 317 are fragile and have been microfilmed. Researchers must use the microfilm version of this material. Audio materials in Series VI and artworks in Series IX are unavailable for use pending preservation treatment, as of February 2000.
Additional Formats
Edward Stratemeyer and Stratemeyer Syndicate Incoming and Outgoing Correspondence available on microfilm: New York Public Library.
Nancy Drew Book Series files available on microfilm: New York Public Library.
Edward Stratemeyer Literary Account Books available on microfilm: New York Public Library.
Horatio Alger Scrapbook available on microfilm: New York Public Library.
Biography
The Stratemeyer Syndicate was established in 1905 by Edward Stratemeyer, a prolific author of juvenile literature. The Syndicate made contracts with large publishing firms, agreeing to supply them with numerous volumes of children's books in series. Stratemeyer hired ghostwriters to produce manuscripts for these books based on his own detailed plot outlines. He wanted entertaining stories that served a serious moral and didactic purpose, and viewed the work of Horatio Alger as a model. Syndicate writers were paid a one-time fee for each manuscript, received no royalties, and agreed never to reveal their true identities. The Stratemeyer Syndicate flourished by producing such popular children's book series as Tom Swift, The Hardy Boys, The Bobbsey Twins and Nancy Drew. After Edward Stratemeyer's death in 1930, his daughters Harriet Stratemeyer Adams and Edna Stratemeyer Squier ran the business as joint partners. They introduced new book series, revised old titles, marketed books abroad and sold television and film rights. After the death of Edna Stratemeyer Squier in 1974, Harriet Stratemeyer Adams revealed herself to be the pseudonymous Carolyn Keene, author of many Nancy Drew books. In 1979 the Syndicate broke with longtime publisher Grosset & Dunlap and signed a new contract with Simon and Schuster, Inc. In 1984, two years after the death of Harriet Stratemeyer Adams, the Syndicate was sold to Simon and Schuster.
Indexes
Unpublished finding aid available at repository and on Internet.
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Finding Aid
Added Author
Adams, Harriet Stratemeyer.
Alger, Horatio, 1832-1899.
Appleton, Victor.
Axelrad, Nancy S.
Garis, Howard Roger, 1873-1962.
Hope, Laura Lee.
Keene, Carolyn.
Squier, Edna Stratemeyer.
Stratemeyer, Edward, 1862-1930.
Svenson, Andrew E.
Winfield, Arthur M.
Research Call Number
MssCol 2903
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