List of Stratemeyer Syndicate series

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This list of Stratemeyer Syndicate series gives the titles of all series produced by the book-packaging firm the Stratemeyer Syndicate. The Syndicate was founded by Edward Stratemeyer and is best known for producing the Bobbsey Twins, Hardy Boys, Nancy Drew, Rover Boys, and Tom Swift series. The Syndicate produced these and many other series in assembly-line fashion: one person wrote the outline for a story or series of stories, another wrote the story itself, and often still another edited the work. Most Syndicate books were published under pseudonyms. The authors named in this list are those credited as having written the series; in most cases, the names are fictitious.

The Syndicate was founded in 1905.[1][2] However, Edward Stratemeyer was writing series books and outlines and hiring ghostwriters before the Syndicate's incorporation; his Rover Boys series, first published in 1899 under the name Arthur M. Winfield, is sometimes considered the first Stratemeyer Syndicate series.[3] For this reason, the list includes series beginning in 1899 with the Rover Boys. Series production was overseen by Edward Stratemeyer until his death in 1930, whereupon his daughter, Harriet Stratemeyer Adams oversaw the firm until her death in 1982. Nancy Axelrad briefly took the helm before selling the Syndicate and the rights to all its series to Simon and Schuster in 1984, which hired a different book-packager, Mega-Books, to handle future titles.[4] Series begun in or before 1984 are therefore included in this list, but not series begun after the Syndicate's sale.

Not included in this list are proposed series, such as a Hardy Boys spin-off series featuring Chet Morton[5] or unpublished titles. Also not included are series such as the Judy Bolton Series, the Cherry Ames Nurse Stories, or the Trixie Belden Mysteries, as these were not produced by the Syndicate.

Unless otherwise noted, information is taken from Deidre Johnson's Stratemeyer Pseudonyms and Series Books. Dates given are those of original publication, followed, if applicable, by dates of re-issue.

Series[edit]

Series Author Begun Ended Re-issued Volumes Notes
Rover Boys Arthur M. Winfield 1899 1926 n/a 30
Soldiers of Fortune Edward Stratemeyer 1900 1906 n/a 4
Colonial Edward Stratemeyer 1901 1906 n/a 6
Putnam Hall Arthur M. Winfield 1901 1911 1921 6
Pan-American Edward Stratemeyer 1902 1911 n/a 6
Frontier Captain Ralph Bonehill 1903 1906 1908, 1912 3 [6]
Outdoor Series Captain Ralph Bonehill 1904 1905 1908 2 [7]
Bobbsey Twins Laura Lee Hope 1904 1979 72 [8]
Dave Porter Edward Stratemeyer 1905 1919 n/a 15
Deep Sea Roy Rockwood 1905 1908 1918, 1926 4
Boy Hunters Captain Ralph Bonehill 1906 1910 n/a 4
Boys of Business Allen Chapman 1906 1908 n/a 4
Boys of Pluck Allen Chapman 1906 1911 n/a 5
Great Marvel Roy Rockwood 1906 1935 n/a 9
Motor Boys Clarence Young 1906 1924 n/a 22
Ralph of the Railroad Allen Chapman 1906 1933 n/a 11 [9]
Jack Ranger Clarence Young 1907 1911 n/a 6
Darewell Chums Allen Chapman 1908 1911 1917 5
Dorothy Dale Margaret Penrose 1908 1924 n/a 13
Lakeport Edward Stratemeyer 1908 1912 n/a 6
Webster Series Frank V. Webster 1909 1915 n/a 25
College Sports Lester Chadwick 1910 1913 n/a 6
Motor Girls Margaret Penrose 1910 1917 n/a 10
Tom Swift Victor Appleton 1910 1941 n/a 40
Outdoor Chums Captain Quincy Allen 1911 1916 n/a 8
Baseball Joe Lester Chadwick 1912 1928 n/a 14
Boys of Columbia High Graham B. Forbes 1912 1920 n/a 8
Pioneer Boys Harrison Adams 1912 1928 n/a 8 [10]
Racer Boys Clarence Young 1912 1914 n/a 6
Tommy Tiptop Raymond Stone 1912 1917 n/a 6
Up and Doing Frederick Gordon 1912 1912 n/a 3
Dave Dashaway Roy Rockwood 1913 1915 n/a 5
Fred Fenton Athletic Series Allen Chapman 1913 1915 n/a 5
Motion Picture Chums Victor Appleton 1913 1916 n/a 7 [11]
Moving Picture Boys Victor Appleton 1913 1922 n/a 15 [11]
Outdoor Girls Laura Lee Hope 1913 1933 n/a 23
Ruth Fielding Alice B. Emerson 1913 1934 n/a 30
Saddle Boys James Carson 1913 1915 n/a 5 [12]
Speedwell Boys Roy Rockwood 1913 1915 n/a 5
Tom Fairfield Allen Chapman 1913 1915 n/a 5
Amy Bell Marlowe's Books for Girls Amy Bell Marlowe 1914 1927 1933 10
Back to the Soil Burbank L. Todd 1914 1915 n/a 2 [13]
Do Something Helen Beecher Long 1914 1919 n/a 5 [14]
Fairview Boys Frederick Gordon 1914 1917 n/a 6
Girls of Central High Gertrude W. Morrison 1914 1919 n/a 7
Moving Picture Girls Laura Lee Hope 1914 1916 n/a 7
University Roy Eliot Stokes 1914 1914 n/a 2
Bobby Blake Frank A. Warner 1915 1926 n/a 12
Corner House Girls Grace Brooks Hill 1915 1926 n/a 13
Kneetime Animal Stories Richard Barnum 1915 1922 n/a 17
White Ribbon Boys Raymond Sperry, Jr. 1915 1916 n/a 2
Bunny Brown and his Sister Sue Laura Lee Hope 1916 1931 n/a 20
Joe Strong Vance Barnum 1916 1916 n/a 7
Nan Sherwood Annie Roe Carr 1916 1937 n/a 7
Rushton Boys Spencer Davenport 1916 1916 n/a 3
Y.M.C.A. Boys Brooks Henderley 1916 1917 n/a 3
Motion Picture Comrades Elmer Tracey Barnes 1917 1917 n/a 5
Air Service Boys Charles Amory Beach 1918 1920 n/a 6
Carolyn Ruth Belmore Endicott 1918 1919 n/a 2
Dave Fearless Roy Rockwood 1918 1927 n/a 17
Six Little Bunkers Laura Lee Hope 1918 1930 1933 14
Betty Gordon Alice B. Emerson 1920 1932 n/a 15
Billie Bradley Janet D. Wheeler 1920 1932 n/a 9
Four Little Blossoms Mabel C. Hawley 1920 1930 1938 7
Make Believe Stories Laura Lee Hope 1920 1923 n/a 12
Oriole Amy Bell Marlowe 1920 1933 n/a 4 [15]
Sunny Boy Ramy Allison White 1920 1931 n/a 14
Frank and Andy Vance Barnum 1921 1921 n/a 3
Radio Boys Allen Chapman 1922 1930 n/a 13
Radio Girls Margaret Penrose 1922 1924 n/a 4
Honey Bunch Helen Louise Thorndyke 1923 1955 n/a 34
Riddle Club Alice Dale Hardy 1924 1929 n/a 6
Blythe Girls Laura Lee Hope 1925 1932 n/a 12
Don Sturdy Victor Appleton 1925 1935 n/a 15
Flyaways Alice Dale Hardy 1925 1925 n/a 3
Barton Books for Girls May Hollis Barton 1926 1937 n/a 16
Bomba, the Jungle Boy Roy Rockwood 1926 1938 1953, 1978 20
Frank Allen Graham B. Forbes 1926 1927 n/a 17 [16]
Garry Grayson Football Stories Elmer A. Dawson 1926 1932 n/a 10
Movie Boys Victor Appleton 1926 1927 n/a 17 [11]
Nat Ridley Rapid Fire Detective Stories Nat Ridley, Jr. 1926 1927 n/a 17
X Bar X Boys James Cody Ferris 1926 1942 n/a 21
Hardy Boys Mystery Stories Franklin W. Dixon 1927 2005 n/a 190 [17]
Ted Scott Flying Stories Franklin W. Dixon 1927 1943 n/a 20
Bob Chase Big Game Series Frank A. Warner 1929 1930 n/a 4
Lanky Lawson Harry Mason Roe 1929 1930 n/a 4
Roy Stover Philip A. Bartlett 1929 1934 n/a 4 [18]
Buck and Larry Baseball Stories Elmer A. Dawson 1930 1932 n/a 5
Campfire Girls Margaret Penrose 1930 1930 n/a 4
Nancy Drew Mystery Stories Carolyn Keene 1930 2003 n/a 175 [19]
Slim Tyler Air Stories Richard H. Stone 1930 1936 n/a 7
Doris Force Julia K. Duncan 1931 1932 n/a 4
Jerry Ford Wonder Stories Fenworth Moore 1931 1932 1937 4
Perry Pierce Clinton W. Locke 1931 1934 n/a 4
Sky Flyers Eugene Martin 1931 1933 n/a 4 [20]
Dana Girls Mystery Stories Carolyn Keene 1934 1979 n/a 34 [19]
Kay Tracey Mystery Stories Frances K. Judd 1934 1942 1951–1953, 1961, 1964, 1978, 1980. 18
Mary and Jerry Mystery Stories Francis Hunt 1935 1937 n/a 5
Mel Martin Baseball Stories John R. Cooper 1947 1947 1952–1953 6
The Happy Hollisters Jerry West 1953 1970 1979 33
Tom Swift, Jr. Victor Appleton II 1954 1971 n/a 33 [21]
Honey Bunch and Norman Stories Helen Louise Thorndyke 1954 1963 n/a 12
Bret King Mystery Stories Dan Scott 1960 1964 n/a 9
Linda Craig Ann Sheldon 1962 1964 1981–1984 6 [22]
Christopher Cool, TEEN Agent Jack Lancer 1967 1969 n/a 6
Tolliver Adventure Series Alan Stone 1967 1967 n/a 3
Wynn and Lonny Racing Series Eric Speed 1975 1978 n/a 6
Nancy Drew Picture Books Carolyn Keene 1977 1977 n/a 2
Tom Swift III Victor Appleton 1981 1984 n/a 11 [23]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Keeline (2008), 20.
  2. ^ Rehak (2006), 26.
  3. ^ See Billman (1986).
  4. ^ Plunkett-Powell (1993), 29.
  5. ^ Moske (2000).
  6. ^ Re-printed by Grosset & Dunlap as the "Flag and Frontier" series.
  7. ^ Re-printed as the first two volumes in the "Lakeport" series.
  8. ^ Weinstein (1999).
  9. ^ Sometimes known simply as the "Railroad" series.
  10. ^ Also known as the "Young Pioneers" series.
  11. ^ a b c The first five volumes of the series were re-printed as the last five volumes of the "Moving Picture Boys" series. In turn, both the "Motion Picture Chums" and "Moving Picture Boys" were combined in 1926 as the "Movie Boys" series.
  12. ^ The author is sometimes given as "Captain James Carson."
  13. ^ Also known as the "Hiram" series.
  14. ^ Also known as the "Janice Day" series.
  15. ^ Also published as part of the "Amy Bell Marlowe's Books for Girls" series.
  16. ^ Deidre Johnson notes that the last two volumes in the series, Frank Allen with the circus; or, The old ringmaster's secret and Frank Allen pitching his best; or, The baseball rivals of Columbia High may never have been published.
  17. ^ Smith.
  18. ^ Book Safari.
  19. ^ a b White.
  20. ^ Also known as the "Randy Starr" series.
  21. ^ Cooper (2007), "The Complete Tom Swift Jr. Homepage."
  22. ^ Billman.
  23. ^ Pepin (1997).

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