Scope and arrangement
The Popular Publications, Inc. records are arranged in nine series:
The copyright registration records (1930's - 1960's) relate to publications of the Frank A. Munsey Co., Popular Publications, Inc., New Publications, Inc., Fictioneers, Inc., Recreational Reading, Inc., and All-Fiction Field, Inc. Included are official certificates of copyright registration and renewal issued by the Registrar of Copyrights.
The index card files contain author and/or title indices for authors published by Frank A. Munsey Co. and Popular Publications, Inc. The type of information provided on the cards varies but includes name of author, title of article or manuscript, title and date of publication in which the manuscript or article was first published, and the amount paid. Some indices contain the author's pen name, the author's title, the published title, number of words, voucher date, control number, agent's name, statement on rights, and note on sale of rights. Included also are a few title indices for specific magazines.
The cancelled checks (1910-72) were issued by Popular Publications, Inc., Frank A. Munsey Co., All-Fiction Field, Inc., Fictioneers, Inc., Recreational Reading, Inc., and New Publications, Inc. Most of the checks are annotated (above the endorsement line) with the title of the literary property, and the kinds of rights transferred (i. e., serial, North-American, etc.).
The unsorted records are of the Frank A. Munsey Co. and Popular Publications, Inc.
The pen and ink drawings or sketches with overlays represent illustrations which were published in Argosy magazine.
The personal papers of Henry Steeger which are unsorted contain Steeger's correspondence as president of the National Urban League; and printed and near-printed ephemera issued by the League. There is also some correspondence relating to Steeger's real estate investments and to hispresidency of Popular Publications, Inc. Included are a few letters to Steeger from Whitney Young, Jr.