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The Denis R. Rogers Papers on Edward S. Ellis

Identifier: CLRC-2324

Scope and Contents

The collection relates to Denis R. Rogers efforts to collect and document the complete works of American dime novel author Edward S. Ellis. It includes correspondence related to his collecting efforts; typescripts and material related to Rogers's A Guide to Edward S. Ellis; as well as various articles, notes, bibliographies and checklists.


  • 1951 - 1985


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

Edward S. Ellis (1840-1916) was a prolific American author of dime novels, pulps, and series books in the nineteenth and early twentieth century. His best known works include Seth Jones, or the Captives of the Frontier as well as the Deerfoot series.

Denis R. Rogers was a British collector and scholar of Ellis's work. Denis R. Rogers was born in 1914 in Devonshire. Shortly after marrying, Rogers joined the Intelligence Service in 1940. Military service took him to many locations, including a post in Cyprus. In 1952, the Rogers family moved to Edmonton, Canada where Rogers was Assistant Trade Commissioner. Rogers' wife Lucy explains, " 1955 the family were [sic] sent to Montreal. Living in Western Canada meant a holiday in [the] USA where Denis visted every second-hand bookshop he could find in large towns like Seattle and L.A.! His interest in Edward S. Ellis had begun in England before leaving for Canada. By the time he left Montreal at the conclusion of his Canadian tour he had been searching for and aquiring Dime Novels all the way on holiday to Florida." Upon returning to England, Rogers began compiling a comprehensive bibliography of the works of Ellis.


10 Cubic Feet (8 record cartons)

Language of Materials



The collection contains papers related to Denis R. Rogers's efforts to collect and document the works of author Edward S. Ellis.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Bequethed to the university by Denis R. Rogers.

Related Materials

Books by Edward S. Ellis donated by Rogers can be found by searching the library catalog.

The Denis R. Rogers Papers on Edward S. Ellis
Caitlin Marineau
August 2019
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Collecting Area Details

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Suite 113, Elmer L. Andersen Library