Until further notice, the University of Minnesota Libraries Archives and Special Collections are open by appointment only and appointments are limited to UMN affiliates. Appointments must be made one week in advance of your visit to enable us to page and quarantine collection materials before use.

Please contact ascref@umn.edu for assistance or, if known, the curator of the collecting area you wish to use. We will continue to provide scans of requested research materials whenever possible, especially for our non-campus clientele.


Welcome to the Denis R. Rogers / Edward S. Ellis Collection

Tucked among the curiosities and treasures of the University of Minnesota Children's Literature Research Collections (CLRC) is the Denis R. Rogers/Edward S. Ellis Collection. The prolific literary career of Edward S. Ellis, giant of the American dime, pulp, and series novel genre, is the foundation of this collection of books and periodicals originally cultivated by scholar and collector Denis R. Rogers. The collection also includes his correspondence with publishers and book dealers, drafts of his unpublished guide to Ellis' works, and other research materials from 30 years of study. The Collection came to the University in 1986. It includes roughly 1,100 British and American hardcover books by Ellis and a few of his contemporaries, over 300 European editions of Ellis titles, plus dime novels in over 60 different series, and 57 different periodicals.

Archival materials related to Rogers's work can be located in the archival collection guide. Books written by Ellis can be found in the Library Catalog. Our location in the catalog is "TC Andersen Children's Lit."


Other digital resources


Edward S. Ellis portrait with signature

Edward S. Ellis 
Denis R. Rogers: (courtesy of Rogers' estate, 1969)

Denis R. Rogers