The Leonard H. Axe Library at Pittsburg State has been awarded a grant to commemorate a Kansas native.
Humanities Kansas awarded the school a grant totaling more than $3 thousand dollars to go towards an event to remember Emanuel Haldeman-Julius. Once a Girard resident, Haldeman-Julius revolutionized modern-day printing and book publishing with his “Little Blue Books” series. During the course of his career, Haldeman-Julius printed an estimated 500 million pocket sized books and the school’s library is hoping to keep his legacy going strong.
“We just really want to try to keep its legacy of Haleman-Julius in people’s’ mind because he’s kind of being forgotten today, especially in his role of publishing history for this country,” says Steven Cox, Curator of Special Collections & University Archives at PSU.
In March, the library plans to host a two-day event to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Haldeman-Julius’ Little Blue Books. The event will feature presentations on the 32 year run of the books as well as guest speakers coming in from as far as France and Australia.