M.J. Ivers Company

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M.J. Ivers Company records
Creator: M.J. Ivers Co.
Call Number: D.98
Dates: 1880-1915
Physical Description: 16 Volumes, 1 box
Language(s): Materials are in English
Repository: Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester

Table of Contents:

Biographical/Historical Note
Scope and Content
Subject(s)
Access
Use
Citation
Content List
Collection Overview
Title: M.J. Ivers Company records
Creator: M.J. Ivers Co.
Call Number: D.98
Dates: 1880-1915
Physical Description: 16 Volumes, 1 box
Language(s): Materials are in English
Repository: Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester

Biographical/Historical Note
The New York based publishing firm of M.J. Ivers and Company was best known for its production of cheap books including Beadle's Dime Dialogues, Dime Speakers, Dime Hand Books, Boy's Library, and Deadwood Dick Library. Following the dissolution of Beadle and Adams in 1898, James Sullivan, the owner of M.J. Ivers and Company, purchased the collections of Beadle Dime and Half Dime Novels. M.J. Ivers and Company continued to publish these titles as monthlies under the name of Beadle and Adams until 1905. Ivers printed sixty four numbers of Beadle's Boy's Library and sixty four of Edward Wheeler's novels in addition to one hundred other works. The company continued to operate throughout the early part of the twentieth century. Eventually, the plates and stock of M.J. Ivers and Company were bought by the Arthur Westbrook Company of Cleveland, Ohio, who continued to publish both the Deadwood Dick and Frontier Libraries until 1937.

Scope and Content
This collection is comprised of sixteen bound volumes that contain business records of M.J. Ivers and Company. They include correspondence, sales, orders, and titles of the series of novels published. The one box contains some loose letters and notes found in a few of the volumes.

Subject(s):
Dime novels
Publishers and publishing
Records (Documents)
Correspondence
M.J. Ivers Co.
Beadle and Adams (1872-1898)
Access
The M.J. Ivers Company records is open for research use. Researchers are advised to contact Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation prior to visiting. Upon arrival, researchers will also be asked to fill out a registration form and provide photo identification.Use
Reproductions are made upon request but can be subject to restrictions. Permission to publish materials from the collection must currently be requested. Please note that some materials may be copyrighted or restricted. It is the researcher's obligation to determine and satisfy copyright or other case restrictions when publishing or otherwise distributing materials found in the collections. For more information contact rarebks@library.rochester.eduCitation
[Item title, item date], M.J. Ivers Company records, D.98, Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester
Administrative Information
Author: Finding aid prepared by Rare Books and Special Collections staff
Publisher: Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester
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Content List
Volume 1Sales ledger (Beadle and Adams Publishing Co.), October 1886-July 1887
Volume 2Accounts of Hurst Co. and F. Sullivan (Beadle and Adams Publishing Co), 1880-1886
Volume 3Account of American News Company (Beadle and Adams Publishing Co.), 1884-1897
Volume 4Plate book: Records with printers (Beadle and Adams Publishing Co.), circa 1890's
Volume 5Unfilled orders: Records for each book giving geography and quantity of sales, (Beadle and Adams Publishing Co.), 1888-1892
Volume 6Mail book: Lists postage and address by state (M.J. Ivers Co.), 1876-1880
Volume 7Plate book: Listing book and printer, mostly George Munroe and Son, (M.J. Ivers Co.), 1890's
Volume 8Sales account book (M.J. Ivers Co., successors to Beadle and Adams), 1893-1905
Volume 9Accounts with customers (M.J. Ivers Co., successors to Beadle and Adams), 1898-1900
Volume 10Account book (M.J. Ivers Co., successors to Beadle and Adams), March 22, 1904-September 21, 1906
Volume 11Sales account (M.J. Ivers Co., successors to Beadle and Adams), May 16, 1912-December 8, 1913
Volume 12Sales account (M.J. Ivers Co., successors to Beadle and Adams), December 9, 1913-August 12, 1915
Volume 13List books: Titles with dates of orders, paper, printers, copies, etc. (M.J. Ivers Co., successors to Beadle and Adams), 1902-1910
Volume 14Letters, copy of letters, sent by M.J. Ivers Co., March 11, 1903-December 5, 1904
Volume 15Plates: Printing, when sent out, then received back (M.J. Ivers Co), 1909-1912
Volume 16Account with American News Co. (M.J. Ivers Co), 1905-1914
Box 1, Folder 1Loose letters and notes from v.1- Sales ledger (Beadle and Adams Publishing Co.), October 1886-July 1887
Box 1, Folder 2Loose letters and notes from v.2- Accounts of Hurst Co. and F. Sullivan (Beadle and Adams Publishing Co.), 1880-1886
Box 1, Folder 3Loose letters and notes from v.3- Account of American News Company (Beadle and Adams Publishing Co.), 1884-1897
Box 1, Folder 4Loose letters and notes from v.4- Plate book-records with printers (Beadle and Adams Publishing Co.), circa 1890's
Box 1, Folder 5Loose letters and notes from v.7- Plate Book, listing book and printer, mostly George Munroe and Son, (M.J. Ivers Co.), 1890's
Box 1, Folder 6Loose letters and notes from v.8- Sales account book (M.J. Ivers Co., successors to Beadle and Adams), 1893-1905
Box 1, Folder 7Loose letters and notes from v.9- Accounts with customers (M.J. Ivers Co., successors to Beadle and Adams), 1898-1900


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