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Northern Illinois University (DeKalb, IL 60115-2828)
Matthew Charles Short (Project Director: July 2019 to present)
Street & Smith Project

Digitizing 4,409 volumes of dime novels and story papers published by Street & Smith, a New York City firm in operation from 1855 to 1959.  A partnership among five academic libraries—Northern Illinois University, Villanova University, Stanford University, Bowling Green State University, and Oberlin College—the project would provide images and full texts of the works, catalog records for the volumes, and indexed entries for every story, series, and author, to augment an existing online bibliography of dime novels.

The Street & Smith Project seeks to digitize the dime novels and story papers of the only major publisher to survive the dime novel era. In addition to making thousands of these publications freely and widely available for the first time anywhere in over a century, the project will also add index entries for every story, series, and author to the online dime novel bibliography at This bibliography will be used to aggregate each partner’s digital dime novel holdings, while unpacking the complex relationships that exist between the dime novels themselves.

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Project fields:
American Literature; U.S. History

Humanities Collections and Reference Resources

Preservation and Access

$348,630 (approved)
$348,630 (awarded)

Grant period:
7/1/2020 – 6/30/2023