University Libraries

Andersen Library

July 13, 2014

Series Books

Children's series books began in the early 19th century but the popular series did not appear until 1900. The series book's golden age ranged from 1910 to 1940 when publisher's began issuing the adventures of The Bobbsey Twins, The Hardy Boys, Nancy Drew, Judy Bolton, and Tom Swift. Even in the present, the series book is a mainstay of the young adult genre. Many contemporary examples are held in the Kerlan Collection of the CLRC. Please search the Libraries catalog, MNCAT, and then inquire at as some titles are still recorded only on print catalog cards.

The CLRC maintains a checklist of Girls Series Books, 1840-1991 that contains a listing of titles, authors, and publishers spanning 150 years.

Aunt Jane's Nieces Series


The following titles, for which the originals may be viewed in Andersen Library, are now available here for online reading. These books were scanned as part of the University of Maryland's International Children's Digital Library project funded by the Institute for Museum and Library Services.