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John L. Cutler Research Collection Relating to Gilbert Patten

An inventory of the collection at Syracuse University

Finding aid created by: MRC
Date: 19 Mar 2010

Biographical History

Gilbert Patten (pen name of Burt L. Standish) was the author of a pulp series for Street & Smith called The Amazing Frank Merriwell Stories. John L. Cutler was the author of Gilbert Patten and his Frank Merriwell saga: a study in sub-literary fiction, 1896-1913 (1934). Ryan K. Anderson is the author of Frank Merriwell and the Fiction of All-American Boyhood (2015). This collection of Cutler's research material was given to Anderson by Cutler's daughter Carolyn, and subsequently donated by Anderson.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The John L. Cutler Research Collection Relating to Gilbert Patten consists of research material for Cutler's book Gilbert Patten and his Frank Merriwell saga: a study in sub-literary fiction, 1896-1913. includes correspondence, Patten memorabilia, and research material.

Correspondence contains Cutler's correspondence with Patten himself, as well as with dime novel collector Charles Bragin and others. There is also one letter from Cutler's daughter Carolyn to Ryan K. Anderson.

Patten memorabilia contains two photographs of Patten along with covers and full issues of several of Patten's stories, written under the name Burt Standish.

Research material contains material accumulatd by Cutler relating to Patten and to dime novels in general, including articles by and about Patten, a questionnaire compiled by Cutler and completed by Patten, a dime novel bibliography, and assorted other items.

Arrangement of the Collection

Alphabetical by name or type of material.


Access Restrictions:

There are no access restrictions on this material.

Use Restrictions:

Written permission must be obtained from SCRC and all relevant rights holders before publishing quotations, excerpts or images from any materials in this collection.

Related Material

Special Collections Research Center is also the repository for the records of dime novel and pulp publisher Street & Smith. In addition, we have a large number of dime novels and pulp magazines cataloged in our Rare Books holdings; please refer to the Classic Catalog to locate these items.

Subject Headings


Bragin, Charles.
Ellis, Milton, 1885-1947.
Standish, Burt L., 1866-1945.
Standish, Burt L., 1866-1945. -- Famous Frank Merriwell stories.

Corporate Bodies

Street & Smith.

Associated Titles

Tip top weekly.


Dime novels -- History and criticism.

Genres and Forms

Clippings (information artifacts)
Genealogies (histories)
Manuscripts for publication.
Research notes.



Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Preferred citation for this material is as follows:

John L. Cutler Research Collection Relating to Gilbert Patten,
Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries

Acquisition Information

Gift of Ryan K. Anderson, 2004.

Table of Contents


Patten memorabilia

Research material