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Collections and Internet Sites

Where can one find samples of these works printed prior to copyright and considered disposable after use? A special mention here goes to the patient work of a few collectors who saved this part of our print heritage from oblivion.

Collection François Hébert, P76

Service des bibliothèques et archives de l’Université de Sherbrooke


François Hébert holds a Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Laws and Master of Arts from Université Laval. He was a sessional lecturer in graphic communications at Université Laval from 1980 to 1983, then a civil servant for the Clerk’s Office of the Ville de Québec. A collector of popular literature, he is also the author of a monograph on Maurice Petitdidier, a pioneer of comic strip art in Quebec, and of an invaluable inventory of popular dime novel literature in Quebec published in two volumes under the title of La littérature populaire en fascicules au Québec. His collection, bequeathed to the Université de Sherbrooke in 2014, includes 289 booklets published by Éditions Police-Journal.

Collection Richard Saint-Germain, P58

Service des bibliothèques et archives de l’Université de Sherbrooke


Richard Saint-Germain was born in 1953. He is known for his work on mass-market publishing in Quebec in the 20th century (romance novels, detective novels, adventure and spy novels). He cofounded the Groupe de recherche sur la culture et la littérature populaires au Québec (CLIP). In 1989, he devoted his master’s thesis to creating an inventory of publishing houses, collections, series and titles published in the field of popular novels in Quebec from 1940 to 1960. Over the course of his research, he acquired an impressive number of popular publications, which he bequeathed to the Université de Sherbrooke in 2008. In addition to paperback books, this collection includes more than 4500 booklets, published by Éditions Police-Journal and its competitors.

Les blogues de Jean Layette


Fascinated by the world of dime novels since 1997, Jean Layette digitized and made available several series published by Éditions Police-Journal, including “IXE-13” and “Albert Brien.” On his different blogs one can also find data sheets on different series and characters, archival photographs, and interviews with Pierre Saurel and André L’Archevêque.

USA's pulp magazines, nickel and dime magazine, romance comics and books


These links lead to several American collections whose themes, format or time of publication overlap with our objects of study. The Nickel and Dimes Collection 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, digitized by the Library of Congress.

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