While discovering the Secret of the Old Clock and Hunting for Hidden Gold, Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys have held generations in suspense with their tales of mystery and adventure. Those tales, along with other childhood favorites, have found a new home thanks to Robert G. Huber. For nearly half a century, Robert and his father, Gordon, have been collecting children's series books. Just this year, Robert honored his parents by donating his entire collection of several thousand volumes to the NIU Libraries.
Children's series books, which are two or more books featuring the same character, are an important component to the American Popular Literature Collection in Rare Books and Special Collections at the NIU Libraries. Many of the characters featured are still familiar today.
Documented within the pages of these stories is a period of great technological change: moving from hunting or ranching in the Wild West to flying airplanes, running submarines, and creating motion pictures. Outdoor adventurers and explorers like Hal Keen, Grace Harlowe, and the X Bar X Boys rub shoulders with boy inventors The Moving Picture Boys, The Boy Engineers, The Motor Boat Boys, and Tom Swift. During wartime, we follow characters from enlistment to fighter pilot or army nurse.
The Huber family collection includes elusive first or early edition bestsellers and significantly expands the American Popular Literature Collection. By establishing the Gordon W. and Jeanne M. Huber Fund, Robert has ensured that the collection will be well cared for and continue to grow. The Huber endowment provides essential support to the collection, while also allowing the University Libraries to continue acquiring materials as well as promoting scholarly research, thus helping to cement their importance in American history and culture.
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