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Popular Western Periodicals Collection

Identifier: MSS-490-BC

Scope and Content

This collection contains single issues and partial runs of various popular, as opposed to scholarly, periodicals about the American West. Most of the issues are from the 1960's and 1970's, with a few issues from 1985. Prominent titles include Frontier Times, Real West, True West, and The West.

The articles are brief, sensational, and based on legend as well as facts. They are about outlaws, ghost towns, law officers, Indians, battles, lost mines and buried treasure, and other sensational aspects of life in the West. Most of these periodicals are published by a few publishers, some of whom published more than one title. The periodicals are arranged alphabetically by title. The collection has previously been called, "Modern Dime Novels."


  • 1961-1985
  • Majority of material found in 1961-1978


Language of Materials


Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research.

Copy Restrictions

Limited duplication of CSWR material is allowed for research purposes. User is responsible for compliance with all copyright, privacy, and libel laws. Permission is required for publication or distribution.


13 boxes (4.55 cu. ft.)


This is a collection of popular periodicals about the American West, with articles about lawmen, outlaws, lost treasure, ghost towns.

Related Material

Seder Dime Novel Collection Center for Southwest Research, University Libraries, University of New Mexico First Issue Periodicals Collection Center for Southwest Research, University Libraries, University of New Mexico
Finding aid of the Popular Western Periodicals Collection, 1961-1985 (bulk 1961-1978)
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Processed by M. LaCroix
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Finding aid is in English

Revision Statements

  • June 28, 2004: PUBLIC "-//University of New Mexico::Center for Southwest Research//TEXT (US::NmU::MSS 490 BC::Popular Western Periodicals Collection)//EN" "nmu1mss490bc.sgml" converted from EAD 1.0 to 2002 by v1to02.xsl (sy2003-10-15).
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Repository Details

Part of the UNM Center for Southwest Research & Special Collections Repository

University of New Mexico Center for Southwest Research & Special Collections
University Libraries, MSC05 3020
1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque NM 87131