Dime novels were a format of inexpensive popular literature produced in the United States from 1860 through 1915. Available for as little as a nickel or as much as a dime, they opened up leisure reading for the masses in a way previously not possible. Originally featuring stories about the American frontier and the West, cowboys eventually gave way to detectives, like Nick Carter, and boy adventurers and entrepreneurs, like Frank Reade Jr. and Jack Wright. But dime novels offered something for everybody, with stories about love, war, piracy, school, sports, and even proto-science fiction. This site contains materials from two major dime novel collections in Rare Books and Special Collections at Northern Illinois University: the Albert Johannsen and Edward T. LeBlanc Collections. Read more about the collections here.