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William J. Benners correspondence

Identifier: CLRC-2358

Scope and Contents

The William J. Benners correspondence contains letters addressed to Benners, as well as a small amount of carbon copies of his own letters, primarily regarding his professional dealings, including the sale and purchasing of stories and publication rights.


  • 1899 - 1902


Conditions Governing Access

Open for use in the Elmer L. Andersen Library reading room.

Conditions Governing Use

This collection may be protected by the Copyright Law of the United States (Title 17, U.S. Code). It is the user's responsibility to verify copyright ownership and to obtain all necessary permissions prior to the reproduction, publication, or other use of any portion of these materials. Researchers may quote from the collection under the fair use provision of the copyright law.

Biographical / Historical

William J. Benners was born in 1863 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He was a writer, publisher, and historian of dime novels. While he wrote some stories himself, published in New York Fireside Companion and the Chicago Ledger, he was primarily successful as a literary agent and buyer and seller of stories and publishing rights. He died in 1940.

Biographical source:

"Guide to the William J. Benners Papers." Fales Library and Special Collections, New York University Libraries. Accessed May 2023.


1 folder

Language of Materials



The collection contains correspondence to and from William J. Benners.

Related Materials

A collection of William J. Benners's papers is held by The Fales Library and Special Collections at New York University.

William J. Benners correspondence, 1899-1902
Caitlin Marineau
May 2023
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