The Haldeman-Julius Collection contains primarily biographical information about Emanuel Haldeman-Julius. It includes 58 articles type written by him, many of which were written under his original name of Emanual Julius before his first marriage to Marcet Haldeman. The articles were written in New York City and Los Angeles. There are other articles in the collection were written under the names of Emanuel Haldeman-Julius (after his marriage), Marcet Haldeman-Julius (his first wife), or a combination of the two.
In addition to the articles are several folders containing hand written documents that Sue Haldeman-Julius (Emanuel's second wife) created for a biography of Emanuel's life. These writings include descriptions of events in his life, as well as his home, business, indictment for fraud and activities surrounding the trial, and, most notably, his death. There are also newspaper clippings that Sue collected about these and related events.
The collection was purchased by the K-State Libraries in 2004 and processing was completed by Christy Birney in November of that year. The accession number of the collection is P2004.11.
Emanuel Julius was born July 30,1889 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. His parents were Russian immigrants and upon arriving in the United States had to change their surname from Zalujetzski to Julius, which was easier to pronounce. Emanuel's father was a book binder but was unable to provide enough for the family thus, at age 13, Emanuel was forced to quit school in order to work.
After he quit school Emanuel worked in a toy factory (a sweat shop) making only three dollars a week. After that he held many odd jobs including: usher in a theater; bellhop in a private school for girls in Terrytown, New York; and, occasionally, boxing. Emanuel enjoyed school and he decided to enroll in night classes at Brown Prep School while working. However, due to trouble with algebra and Latin, he quit Brown and enrolled in night school at a local high school.
Emanuel soon decided he wanted to publish books that were affordable for most people. This interest lead to jobs in the journalism industry. He worked for the Milwaukee Leader; Philadelphia Daily as a copy reader; Daily Leader as a feature writer and City Hall reporter in Milwaukee; Chicago Evening World as courtroom and police reporter until 1912; Western Comrade in Los Angeles as a copy writer; New York Call as Sunday editor and dramatic critic from 1914-1915; and Appeal to Reason as editor in 1918. Emanuel's first publication, "Mark Twain-Radical," appeared in The International Social Review. He also had his own monthly publication called American Freedom as well as his own magazine, Life and Letters. He wrote two autobiographies, My First 25 Years (published in 1949), and My Second 25 Years (also published in 1949).
On June 1, 1916, Emanuel married his first wife, Marcet Haldeman, and the two decided to legally combine there names to Haldeman-Julius, the name that Emanuel became famous under. The two bought the Appeal's printing factory and together their publishing industry flourished and many pieces they wrote were published by their company.
Emanuel became famous for the books that he published. First called the "Appeal Pocket Series", then the "People's Pocket Series" and, finally, the "Little Blue Books", the name for which they are best known. These books sold for five to twenty five cents and were considered a university in writing owing to the classical literature printed within the pages of these pocket books. They enabled those with little money to afford such classics as Shakespeare and Voltaire which they might otherwise have not been able to read. The title of the first publication in the blue book series,"The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam" was published in 1919. Emanuel's dream had been realized and, not only were these books popular in the United States, they had appeal throughout the world.
Emanuel died July 31, 1951 at his home in Girard, Kansas. He was found drowned in his own swimming pool by his second wife of nine years, Sue Haldeman-Julius. Suspicion surrounded his death and rumors of involvement by J. Edgar Hoover and the F.B.I. spread because of Emanuel's socialist beliefs and his dislike for Hoover and his "tyrannical tactics against perceived enemies".
Biographical Information for this sketch was compiled from several Internet sources and the contents of this collection.
The Haldeman-Julius Collection documents the business and personal life of Emanuel Haldeman-Julius, especially through the biographical information compiled by his second wife, Sue.
Along with Emanuel, there is considerable information about Marcet (Emanuel's first wife) and her family, including her aunt Jane Addams (1931 Nobel Peace Prize winner), as well as several close friends and relatives.
There is little correspondence in the collection, instead the majority of the material consists of biographical information that Sue Haldeman-Julius created for a biography she was writing about Emanuel which included drafts of chapters. Newspaper clippings of events that took place, many after Emanuel's death in remembrance of him, as well as clippings on people he knew, are also included.
Other contents of interest include the short stories and articles that were written by Emanuel, Marcet, or both. Several of the articles indicate that they were written for the Appeal to Reason, a socialist newsletter that Emanuel was editor and owner of.
The collection consists of five series:
The Morse Department of Special Collections houses a comprehensive run of Haldebman-Julius publications ("Little Blue Books") and Emanuel's two autobiographies, My First 25 Years and My Second 25 Years.
Box Folder Literary Works 01 01 Untitled 02 A Great Composer's View 03 A Classic Bit of Literature 04 Krepotkin's Amusing Experience With Spies 05 Spartacus 06 The Agitator That Didn't Stop 07 The Gracchi-Fighters for Land and Liberty 08 The Old Haters (incomplete) 09 The Short Short Story (Thanks For The Ride) 10 The Super Hottentott 11 Wat Tyler's Peasant Revolt 12 Wolves 13 Attitude 14 Cogs 15 Extremes 16 One of the Maximums 17 The Man Who Out-Shawed Shaw 18 The Paperweight 19 The Red Flag 20 Anatalie 21 Anatalie 22 Anatalie 23 As In A Short Story 24 Disillusioned 25 Home 26 Interview With a Lady Author 27 Just Women 28 Misunderstood 29 On Throwing Things Away 30 Page One, Column One 31 Sentimentality 32 Somewhere in Europe 33 Eternal Wrangle 34 The Hero's Boss 35 The Hoaxmobile Four vs. Troglodytes Six 36 The Hoaxmobile Four vs. Troglodytes Six 37 The Meeting 38 The Pauper 39 The Professor 40 The Revolution 41 The Ring 42 The Voice 43 The Voice (expanded) 44 Titles for Nut Writers 45 Unconventional 46 Undroving the Drove Relatives and Friends 02 01 Correspondence 02 Haldeman Family Clippings 03 Marcet Haldeman Clippings 04 Marcet Papers 1 05 Marcet Papers 2 06 Marcet Papers 3 07 Event Clippings 08 Haldeman-Julius Family Clippings 09 Emanuel Haldeman-Julius Clippings 1 10 Emanuel Haldeman-Julius Clippings 2 11 Emanuel Haldeman-Julius Clippings 3 12 Addams Clippings 13 Sarah Alice (Addams) Haldeman Papers 1 14 Sarah Alice (Addams) Haldeman Papers 2 15 Addams Family 16 Miscellaneous Clippings 17 Health Clippings 18 Luther Burbank Article 19 Gene DeGrusen Clippings 1 20 Gene DeGrusen Clippings 2 Biographical Information 03 01 Preface 02 Early Years 03 Girard Home 04 Little Blue Books 05 Communism 06 Religion 07 Ku Klux Klan 08 Companionate Marriage 1 09 Companionate Marriage 2 10 Companionate Marriage 3 11 First Flight 12 Sue Haney Literary Works 13 Stock Market Crash 14 Postal Inspector 15 Trial 16 FBI 17 Last Summer 18 Last Christmas 19 Last Birthday 20 Last Day 21 Emanuel Haldeman-Julius Death/Last Events 22 Oral Interviews 23 Literary Words, Post Card 24 Miscellaneous Literary Works 25 Written Articles (for E. H-J Weekly?) 26 Articles from E. H-J Magazine 27 U.S. Supreme Court on Sex (for E. H-J. Magazine) 28 Socialism (for E. H-J. Magazine) 29 U-Bang (for E. H-J. Magazine) 30 Communism and Russia (for E. H-J. Magazine) 31 Religion (for E. H-J. Magazine) 32 Literary Fragments 33 Lists/Chronologies Deck of Cards "Midstream" Photographs & Art 01 Addams family, including Jane Addams 02 Addams family dinner in Cedarville, IL 03 Casket of Jane Addams at her funeral 04 Emanuel Haldeman-Julius 05 Haldeman-Julius home in Girard, KS (color), 1942 06 Drawing of Abraham Walkowitz by Sue Haldeman-Julius