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The Pulp Fiction collection at the Library of Congress consists of issues received on copyright deposit at the time of their publication. A great majority of the paper issues were held by the Serial and Government Publications Division, although three extremely rare and valuable titles were transferred to the Rare Book & Special Collections Division: Amazing Stories, Black Mask, and Weird Tales. (See our Guide to the Newspaper & Current Periodical Reading Room’s Pulp Fiction Collection). This collection, now on microfilm, is available in the Main Reading Room, LJ-107, Jefferson Building. A list of titles follows below. A second copy of this microfilm collection is available in the Newspaper & Current Periodical Reading Room, Madison Building, Room LM-133, along with original covers and a growing number of facsimile copies.

The "Pulps," so called because they were printed on cheap high-acid-content paper, served as popular reading material, similar to today's paperback; cheap, portable, disposable, and often sensational. This genre flourished from the 1920's to the 1950's. Titles focused on specific literary types: romance, sports, western, detective, science fiction, horror, or military (during World War II). Writers were frequently paid by the word, and to meet daily living expenses, well-known authors sometimes wrote for these magazines under pseudonyms, putting only their "literary" work under their real name.

Authors who got their start by writing for pulp fiction magazines include: Raymond Chandler, Dashiell Hammett, HP Lovecraft, Isaac Asimov, Robert Heinlein, and L Ron Hubbard.

An index to pulp fiction is available, known as The FictionMags Index.

Pulp Fiction Titles Microfilmed (January, 1995 - April, 2000):

These titles have been filmed and should be available in the Main Reading Room, Jefferson Building. Check the online catalog for microfilm numbers. A second copy of the microfilm collection is also available in the Newspaper & Current Periodical Reading Room.

Ace G-Man Stories
Ace-High Magazine
Ace-High Western Magazine
Ace-High Western Stories
Ace Sports
Aces
Action Novels
Action Stories
Air Adventures
Air Stories
Air War
Air Wonder Stories
Alibi
All-American Football Magazine
All-Detective Magazine
All-Fiction
All-Fiction Quarterly
All-Star Detective Stories
All-Star Love Magazine
All-Story Western
All Western
All Western Magazine
The American Eagle
Ardent Love
Army/Navy Flying Stories
Astonishing Stories
Baseball Stories
Battle Birds
Best Detective Magazine
Best Sports
Best Stories of All Times
Best Western
Best Western Magazine 
Best Western Novels Magazine
Big-Book Western Magazine
Big Story Magazine
The Blue Moon
Blue Ribbon Western
Brief Stories
Captain Future--Wizard of Science
Cavalier Classics
Champion Sports
College Stories
Complete Adventure Novelettes
Complete Cowboy Novel Magazine
Complete Detective Novel Magazine
Complete Love Magazine
Complete Mystery Novelettes
Complete Sports
Complete Western Book Magazine
Complete Western Love Novelettes
Cowboy Stories
Crack Detective and Mystery Stories
Crack-Shot Western
Danger Trail
Dare-Devil Aces
Detective Action Stories
Detective Book Magazine
Detective Classics
Detective Dragnet Magazine
Detective Mystery Novel Magazine
Detective Novel Magazine
Detective Tales
Dime Detective Magazine
Dime Mystery Magazine
Dime Sports Magazine
Dime Western Magazine
Double Action Western
The Dragnet Magazine
Droll Stories
Dynamic Adventures
Dynamic Science Fiction
Eagles of the Air
Exciting Baseball
Exciting Football
Exciting Love
Exciting Sports
Exciting Western
Famous Detective Stories
Famous Western
Fantastic Adventures
Fantastic Novels Magazine
Fantastic Story Quarterly
Far West Illustrated Magazine
Far West Stories
Fast Action Detective and Mystery Stories
F.B.I. Detective Stories
Fifteen Love Stories
Fifteen Sports Stories
Fifteen Western Tales
Fight Stories
Fighting Aces
Fighting Western
Film Stories
Five Detective Novels Magazine
Five Western Novels
Five Western Novels Magazine
Flynn's Detective
Flynn's Weekly
Football Action
Football Stories
Foreign Legion Adventures
.44 Western Magazine
Frontier Stories
Future Combined with Science Fiction
Future Fiction
Future Science Fiction Stories
G-8 and His Battle Aces
G-Men
Gang World
Gangland Stories
Gangster Stories
Ghost Stories
Giant Western
Glamorous Love Stories
Golden Fleece Historical Adventure
Golden West
The Golden West Magazine
Golden West Romances
Greater Gangster Stories
High Spot Magazine
Hollywood Detective
Horror Stories
How 7
Indian Stories
Jack Dempsey's Fight Magazine
Jungle Stories (August - December 1931)
Jungle Stories (Winter 1938 - Spring 1954)
Knockout Magazine
The Lariat
Laughter
Leading Western
Lively Stories
The Lone Eagle Fighting Ace
Lone Ranger Magazine
Lone Wolf Detective Magazine
Long Riders of the West Mavericks
Love Book Magazine
Love Fiction Magazine
Love Fiction Monthly
Love Novels Magazine
Love Romances
Mammoth Mystery
Mammoth Western
Man Stories All Adventure
Marriage Confessions
Masked Rider Western Magazine
Mavericks
Max Brand's Western Magazine
Movie Love
Mystery Book Magazine
Mystery League
Mystery Novels Magazine
Navy Stories
New Detective Magazine
New Love Magazine
New Sports Magazine
New Western Magazine (Kokomo, IN)
New Western Magazine (New York, NY)
North-West Romances
Novelets
Oriental Stories
Outlaws of the West
Over the Top
People's
People's Story Magazine
The Phantom Detective
Pioneer Tales
Planet Stories
Popular Detective
Popular Fiction Magazine
Popular Football
Popular Love
Popular Sports Magazine
Popular Western
Prison Stories
Private Detective Stories
Public Enemy
Quick Trigger Western
RAF Aces
Racketeer Stories
Ranch Romances
Range Riders
Rangeland Love Stories (New York, NY)
Rangeland Love Stories (Kokomo, IN)
Rangeland Love Story Magazine
Rangeland Romances
Rangeland Stories
Rapid-Fire Detective Stories
Rapid-Fire Western Stories
Real Life Stories
Real Western
Real Western Romances
Real Western Stories
Red Seal Western
The Rio Kid Western
Rodeo Romances
Romance
Romance Round-up
Romance Western
Romance Western Roundup
Romantic Western
Scientific Detective Monthly
Scotland Yard
Sea Stories
Secret Agent X Detective Mysteries
The Secret 6
Six-Gun Western
Sky Aces
Sky Birds
Sky Fighters
*Sky Riders (Still no film number as of Mar 2008.)
Smashing Detective Stories
Soldiers of Fortune
Speed Adventure Stories
Speed Detective
Speed Mystery
Speed Western Stories
The Spider
Sports Action
Sports Novels Magazine
Spy Novels Magazine
Spy Stories 
Star Magazine
Star Novels
Star Western
*Startling Stories (Still no film number as of March 2008.) The Story-Teller Strange Detective Mysteries Strange Stories Street & Smith's College Stories Street & Smith's Far West Romances Street & Smith's Far West Stories Super-Detective Super Science Stories Sure-Fire Western Sweetheart Love Stories Sweetheart Stories Ten Detective Aces 10-Story Detective Magazine Ten-Story Love Magazine Ten-Story Sports Terror Tales Texas Rangers Three Love Novels Magazine Three Star Magazine Three Star Stories Three Western Novel Magazines Thrilling Adventures Thrilling Detective Thrilling Football Thrilling Love Thrilling Mystery Thrilling Mystery Novel Magazine Thrilling Ranch Stories Thrilling Sports Thrilling Western Thrilling Wonder Stories
is being turned into a facsimile edition (12/12). Triple Detective Triple Western Triple-X Magazine Triple-X Western True Adventures 12 Sports Aces Two-Book Detective Magazine Two Complete Detective Books 2 Complete Science Adventure Books 2 Detective Mystery Novels Magazine Two Gun Stories Two-Gun Western Two-Gun Western Novels Magazine Two Gun Western Stories Two Western-Action Books Two Western Books Under Fire Magazine Variety Detective Magazine Variety Love Stories Variety Story Magazine Walt Coburn's Western Magazine War Aces War Birds War Novels War Stories War Stories Magazine West Western Aces Western Action Western Adventures Western Novels and Short Stories Western Outlaws Western Romances Western Short Stories Western Trails Western Winners Wide World Adventures Wild West Stories & Complete Novel Magazine Wings Wit of the World
Wonder Stories Wonder Stories Quarterly

Updated by CWB for:
Lyle Minter
Head, Government Publications and Periodicals Section,
Serial and Government Publications Division,
April, 2003

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