||The Beadle Dime Novels, together with numerous other publications issued by the firms Beadle and Co., Irwin P. Beadle and
Co., and Beadle and Adams, were a tremendously successful foray in cheap literature for the mass public. Dime novels, like
the story papers that had preceded them and the pulp magazines that would replace them in the twentieth century, delivered
adventurous or sensational stories in inexpensive, paper-bound editions. The material in the Beadle Archives collection consists
of .3 linear feet of letters, photographs, bills, and documents relating to Erastus F. Beadle and the dime booklet publishing
house in which he was a partner. The collection is organized in three series: Series I contains letters and papers related
to Erastus F. Beadle, one of the firm's founders; Series II contains letters written in tribute to Orville J. Victor, longtime
editor for Beadle and Adams; and Series III contains letters written to Dr. Frank P. O'Brien, a collector of Beadle memorabilia.