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New York Ledger

Description: The New York Ledger, first published by Robert Bonner in 1855, was one of the earliest and most successful storypapers. Storypapers, also called "six-cent weeklies," were weekly newspapers that featured an array of serialized stories, poems, humor, fashion, and current events intended for the entire family. These papers enjoyed enormous circulation. By 1870, the New York Ledger claimed an audience of 377,000 readers. With columns devoted to love, marriage, and baby care, the Ledger catered to a predominantly female readership. Its serialized stories focussed heavily on romance (domestic and historical) and its illustrations included many images of women. Format: 8 pages, with a front-page illustration (sometimes signed by the artist and/or engraver) and additional images inside each issue.
Publisher: R. Bonner
Place of Publication: New York
Collection ID: RBC ZZ1
Date of First Issue: 1856
Date of Last Issue: 1898
Holdings: ZZ1-S11 v.12: no.6, 4/19/1856 - no.12, 5/31/56; no.14, 6/14/56 - no.36, 11/15/56; no.38, 11/29/56 - no.40, 12/13/56; no.42, 12/27/56.
  ZZ1-S12 v.12: no.43, 1/3/1857 - no.52, 3/7/57; v.13: no.1, 3/14/57 - no.8, 5/2/57; no.10, 5/16/57 - no.35, 11/7/57; no.37, 11/21/57 - no.40, 12/12/57.
  ZZ1-S13 v.13: no.44, 1/9/1858 - no.52, 3/6/58; v.14: no.1, 3/13/58 - no.42, 12/25/58.
  ZZ1-S14 v.14: no.43, 1/1/1859 - no.52, 3/5/59; v.15: no.1, 3/12/59 - no.16, 6/25/59.
  ZZ1-S15 v.15: no.17, 7/2/1859 - no.43, 12/31/59.
  ZZ1-S16 v.15: no.45, 1/14/1860 - no.47, 1/28/60; no.49, 2/11/60 - no.50, 2/18/60; v.16: no.2, 3/7/60 - no.3, 3/24/60; no.9, 5/5/60 - no.10, 5/12/60; no.20, 7/21/60 (2 copies); no.26, 9/1/60 - no.28, 9/15/60; no.38, 11/24/60 - no.40, 12/15/60; no.43, 12/29/60.
  ZZ1-S17 v.16: no.46, 1/19/1861; no.48, 2/2/61; v.17: no.1, 3/9/61 - no.12, 5/25/61 (3 copies each of nos.3, 5, 7, 8; 2 copies each of nos.4, 10, 12; 4 copies of no.6).
  ZZ1-S18 v.17: no.13, 6/1/1861 - no.43, 12/28/61 (2 copies each of nos. 16, 19, 24).
  ZZ1-S19 v.17: no.44, 1/4/1862 - no.52, 3/1/62 (2 copies of no.51); v.18: no.4, 3/29/62 - no.10, 5/10/62; no.29, 9/20/62 - no.32, 10/11/62; no. 40, 12/6/62 - no.41, 12/13/62.
  ZZ1-S20 One piece without title page--date unidentifiable; v. 18: no.44, 1/3/1863 - no.52, 2/28/63; v.19: no.1, 3/7/63 - no.2, 3/14/63; no.5, 4/4/63 - no.19, 1/11/63; no.27, 9/5/63 - no.31, 10/3/63; no.34, 10/24/63 - no.38, 11/21/63; no.41, 12/12/63; no.43, 12/26/63.
  ZZ1-S21 v.19: no.44, 1/2/1864; no.50, 2/13/64; v.20: no.2, 3/12/64 - no.14, 6/4/64; no.17, 6/25/64; no.19, 7/9/64 - no.29, 9/17/64; no.31, 10/1/64 - no.33, 10/15/64; no.35, 10/29/64 - no.44, 12/31/64.
  ZZ1-S22 v.20: no.45, 1/7/1865 - no.52, 2/25/65; v.22: no.2, 3/10/1866 - no.19, 7/7/66; no.21, 7/21/66 - no.29, 9/15/66; no.31, 9/29/66 - no.44, 12/29/66.
  ZZ1-S23 v.22: no.45, 1/5/1867 - no.48, 1/26/67; v.23: no.1, 3/2/67 - no.22, 7/27/67 (2 copies each of nos.8-21).
  ZZ1-S24 v.23: no.22, 7/27/1867 - no.44, 12/28/67 (2 copies each of nos.23-36).
  ZZ1-S25 v.23: no.45, 1/4/1868 - no.52, 2/22/68 (2 copies each of nos.45-52); v.24: no.3, 3/14/68 - no.15, 6/6/68 (2 copies each of nos.4-8, 10-14); no.17, 6/20/68; no.23, 8/1/68 - no.26, 8/22/68; no.35, 10/24/68 - no.37, 11/07/68; no.39, 11/21/68; no.41, 12/05/68 - no.44, 12/26/68.
  ZZ1-S26 v.25: no.14, 5/29/1869 - no.16, 6/12/69; no.20, 7/10/69 - no.44, 12/25/69 (2 copies each of nos.20, 23-24, 27-44).
  ZZ1-S27 v.25: no.46, 1/8/1870 - no.47, 1/15/70; no.49, 1/29/70 - no.52, 2/19/70; v.26: no.2, 3/5/70 - no.15, 6/4/70 (2 copies each of nos.4, 6, 7, 10, 14; 3 copies each of nos.9, 11, 12, 15).
  ZZ1-S28 v.26: no.16, 6/11/1870 - no.27, 8/27/70 (3 copies each of nos.16, 19, 22-25, 27; 2 copies each of nos.17, 18, 20, 21; 4 copies of no.26).
  ZZ1-S29 v.26: no.28, 9/3/1870 - no.45, 12/31/70 (3 copies each of nos.28, 30, 33-35, 37, 39, 40, 43; 4 copies of no.29; 2 copies each of nos.31-32, 36, 38, 41, 42, 44, 45).
  ZZ1-S30 v.26: no.46, 1/7/1871 - no.52, 2/18/71 (2 copies each of nos.46-52); v.27: no.2, 3/4/71; no.4, 3/18/71; no.7, 4/8/71; no.9, 4/22/71; no.12, 5/13/71; no.14, 5/27/71; no.17, 6/17/71 - no.20, 7/8/71; no.22, 7/22/71 - no.45, 12/30/71.
  ZZ1-S31 v.27: no.46, 1/6/1872 - no.51, 2/10/72; v.28: no.1, 2/24/72 - no.7, 4/6/72; no.9, 4/20/72 - no.22, 7/20/72; no.25, 8/10/72 - no.45, 12/28/72.
  ZZ1-S32 v.29: no.31, 9/20/1873 - no.34, 10/11/73; no.37, 11/1/73 - no.45, 12/27/73.
  ZZ1-S33 v.29: no.46, 1/3/1874 - no.52, 2/14/74; v.30: no.2, 2/28/74 - no.19, 6/27/74 (2 copies each of nos.3-19).
  ZZ1-S34 v.30: no.20, 7/4/1874 - no.45, 12/26/74 (2 copies each of nos.20-40).
  ZZ1-S35 v.30: no.46, 1/2/1875 - no.48, 1/16/75; no.51, 2/6/75 - no.52, 2/13/75; v.31: no.7, 4/3/75 - no.8, 4/10/75; no.10, 4/24/75 - no.19, 6/26/75; no.25, 8/7/75; no.27, 8/21/75 - no.41, 11/27/75; no.43, 12/11/75 - no.45, 12/25/75.
  ZZ1-S36 v. 31: no.48, 1/15/1876 - no.52, 2/12/76; v. 32: no.1, 2/19/76 - no.24, 7/29/76 (2 copies each of nos.7, 9, 10, 15, 16, 19, 22-24).
  ZZ1-S37 v.32: no.25, 8/5/1876 - no.46, 12/30/76 (2 copies each of nos.25-33, 36, 38-40, 42; 3 copies of no. 41).
  ZZ1-S38 v.32: no.50, 1/27/1877 - no.52, 2/10/77 (2 copies each of nos.50-52); v.33: no.1, 2/17/77 - no.6, 3/24/77; no.8, 4/7/77 - no.11, 4/28/77 (2 copies of no.10); no.13, 5/12/77 - no.40, 11/17/77 (2 copies each of nos.27, 29-34, 36); no.45, 12/22/77 - no.46, 12/29/77.
  ZZ1-S38.1 v.32: no.52, 2/10/1877; v.33: no.2, 2/24/1877; no.5, 3/17/1877; no.9, 4/14/1877 – no.52, 2/9/1878.
  ZZ1-S39 v.33: no.47, 1/5/1878 - no.52, 2/9/78; v.34: no.2, 2/23/78 - no.4, 3/9/78 (2 copies each of nos.2, 3); no.6, 3/23/78 - no.8, 4/6/78; no.10, 4/20/78 - no.17, 6/8/78 (2 copies each of nos.10, 15, 16; 3 copies each of nos.13, 14); no.20, 6/29/78 - no.26, 8/10/78 (2 copies each of nos.22, 23); no.28, 8/24/78 - no.44, 12/14/78 (2 copies each of nos.29, 39-41).
  ZZ1-S39.1 v.34: no.1, 2/16/1878 – no.52, 2/8/1879.
  ZZ1-S40 v.35: no.2, 2/22/1879 - no.15, 5/24/79 (2 copies each of nos.4-12); no.17, 6/7/79; no.19, 6/21/79 - no.21, 7/5/79; no.23, 7/19/79; no.25, 8/2/79 - no.27, 8/16/79; no.29, 8/30/79 - no.31, 9/13/1880.
  ZZ1-S40.1 v.35: no1, 2/15/1879 – no.46, 12/27/1879.
  ZZ1-S41 v.35: no.48, 1/10/1880 - no.51, 1/31/80; v.36: no.5, 3/13/80 - no.16, 5/29/80 (2 copies each of nos.6, 11); no.19, 6/19/80; no.22, 7/10/80; no.27, 8/14/80 - no.29, 8/28/80; no.32, 9/18/80; no.34, 10/2/80; no.40, 11/13/80; no.45, 12/18/80 - no.47, 1/1/1881; no.49, 1/15/81 - no.52, 2/5/81.
  ZZ1-S41.1 v.35: no.47, 1/3/1880 – no.52, 2/7/1880; v.36: no.1, 2/14/1880 – no.15, 5/22/1880; no.17, 6/5/1880 – no.25, 7/31/1880.
  ZZ1-S42 v.39: no.2, 2/17/1883 - no.21, 6/30/83 (2 copies each of nos.2-14, 16, 19).
  ZZ1-S43 v.39: no.22, 7/7/1883 - no.47, 12/29/83 (2 copies each of nos.22, 27, 29, 36, 38-46).
  ZZ1-S44 v.39: no.48, 1/5/1884 - no.50, 1/19/84; v.40: no.2, 2/16/84; no.4, 3/1/84; no.7, 3/22/84 - no.9, 4/5/84; no.11, 4/19/84 - no.15, 5/17/84; no.17, 5/31/84 - no.20, 6/21/84; no.22, 7/5/84 - no.26, 8/2/84; no.34, 9/27/84; no.39, 11/1/84 - no.47, 12/27/84; no.48, 1/3/1885 - no.52, 1/31/85 (2 copies of no.48); v.41: no.1, 2/7/85 - no.5, 3/7/85; no.8, 3/28/85; no.10, 4/11/85 - no.12, 4/25/85; no.14, 5/9/85; no.17, 5/30/85; no.23, 7/11/85; no.44, 12/5/85; no.46, 12/19/85.
  ZZ1-S45 v.42: no.1, 2/6/1886 - no.28, 8/14/86; no.30, 8/28/86 - no.47, 12/25/86.
  ZZ1-S46 v.42: no.48, 1/1/1887 - no.51 1/22/87 (2 copies of no.51); v.43: no.2, 2/12/87 - no.48 12/31/87.
  ZZ1-S47 v.43: no.49, 1/7/1888 - no.51 1/21/88; v.44: no.2, 2/11/88 - no.23, 7/7/88 (2 copies of no.23); no.24, 6/30/88 [repeated dating, possible problem with issue numbers]; no.25, 7/7/88 [repeated dating, possible problem with issue numbers]; no.26, 7/14/88 - no.31, 8/18/88; no.33, 9/1/88 - no.35, 9/15/88; no.37, 9/29/88 - no.40, 10/20/88; no.42, 11/03/88 - no.47, 12/08/88 (2 copies of no.47).
  ZZ1-S48 v.45: no.6, 2/23/1889; no.8, 3/9/89 - no.13, 4/13/89; no.15, 4/27/89 - no.20, 6/1/89.
  ZZ1-S49 v.45: no.44, 11/16/1889 - no.46, 11/30/89; no.48, 12/24/89 - no.50, 12/28/89; no.52(with supplement), 1/11/1890; v.46: no.2, 1/25/90; no.11, 3/29/90 - no.18, 5/17/90; no.42, 11/1/90; v.47: no.4, 2/7/1891; no.6, 2/21/91; no.8, 3/7/91; no.11, 3/28/91 - no.12, 4/4/91; no.23, 6/20/91 - no.25, 7/4/91; no.27, 7/18/91 - no.29, 8/1/91; no.34, 9/5/91; no.45, 11/21/91 - no.48, 12/12/91.
  ZZ1-S50 v.48: no.1, 1/16/1892 - no.8, 3/5/92; no.10, 3/19/92 - no.25, 7/2/92; no.30, 8/6/92; no.33, 8/27/92; no.38, 10/1/92 - no.40, 10/15/92; no.45, 11/19/92 - no.46, 11/26/92; no.50, 12/24/92.
  ZZ1-S51 v.48: no.52, 1/7/1893; v.49: no.2, 1/21/93 - no.4, 2/4/93; no.7, 2/25/93; no.10, 3/18/93; no.14, 4/15/93 - no.15, 4/22/93; no.18, 5/13/93; no.24, 6/24/93; no.27, 7/15/93; no.34, 9/2/93; no.36, 9/16/93 - no.37, 9/23/93; no.39, 10/7/93; no.41, 10/21/93; no.46, 11/25/93 - no.48, 12/9/93 (2 copies); no.51, 12/30/93.
  ZZ1-S52 v.50: no.1, 1/13/1894 - no.5, 2/10/94; no.7, 2/24/94; no.10, 3/17/94; no.14, 4/14/94; no.23, 6/16/94; no.27, 7/14/94 - no.33, 8/25/94 (2 copies each of nos.29, 31); no.46, 11/24/94; v.51: no.3, 1/26/1895; no.6, 2/16/95; no.11, 3/23/95; no.13, 4/6/95; no.22, 6/8/95 - no.24, 6/22/95; no.32, 8/17/95; no.36, 9/14/95; no.47, 11/30/95.
  ZZ1-S53 v.52: no.27, 7/11/1896 - no.28, 7/18/96; no.30, 8/1/96 - no.31, 8/8/96; no.35, 9/5/96; no.39, 10/3/96; no.47, 11/28/96; no.50, 12/19/96; v.53: no.1, 1/9/1897; no.4, 1/30/97; no.6, 2/13/97 - no.9, 3/6/97; no.12, 3/27/97 - no.17, 5/1/97; no.24, 6/19/97; no.27, 7/10/97; no.29, 7/24/97 - no.30, 7/31/97; no.32, 8/14/97; no.51, 12/25/97; v.54: no.2, 1/15/1898; no.8, 2/26/98 - no.10, 3/12/98; no.14, 4/9/98; no.34, 8/27/98.

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