Detective magazine collection Edit


MSS 364 large


  • 1954-1991 (Creation)


  • 2 Linear Feet (Whole)
    8 boxes



  • Conditions Governing Access

    The collection is open for research.

  • Conditions Governing Access

    The material is stored offsite in Remote Storage. Please contact Special Collections 3 working days in advance if you wish to use it.

  • Conditions Governing Use

    Copyright is retained by the author of the items in this collection, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.

  • Preferred Citation

    Item, Folder number and/or title, Box number, Detective magazine collection, MSS 364, Special Collections, MSU Libraries, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI.

  • Immediate Source of Acquisition

    Gift of Center for Research Libraries and individual donors, ca. 1980.

  • Processing Information

    Materials were processed by Susan Bogner, Special Collections Intern: Summer 2010.

  • Biographical / Historical

    Detective fiction in the English-speaking world is considered to have begun in 1841 with the publication of Poe's "The Murders in the Rue Morgue" itself, featuring "the first fictional detective, the eccentric and brilliant C. Auguste Dupin". The period of the 1920s and 1930s saw a number of writers emerge, mostly British but with a notable subset of American and New Zealand writers. Female writers constituted a major portion of the writers during this period, including Agatha Christie, the most famous, and among the most famous authors of any genre, of all time. Four female writers of the period are considered the four original "Queens of Crime": Christie, Dorothy L. Sayers, Ngaio Marsh and Margery Allingham. Apart from Ngaio Marsh (a New Zealander) they were British.

  • Scope and Contents

    This is a collection of 100 historical detective magazines representing 22 titles from 1954 at the earliest to the latest at 1991.

  • Arrangement

    Magazines are arranged in alphabetical order by title/date.