Nancy Drew and Friends: Girls Series Books Rediscovered

Vintage Series Books for Girls features complete lists of books and cover art galleries for over 30 vintage girls’ series with extensive added details including summaries of plots, descriptions of format changes, information on values and collecting, and blog posts. Especially useful for more obscure series not covered elsewhere such as Peggy Lane, Blythe Girls, and Doris Force.

19th Century Girls’ Series provides information on series written in the 19th century.

Links to Nancy Drew and other series sites provides extensive links to Series books websites of interest.

The Series Bookcase includes information on several girls’ series.

Girls Series Information and Facts About... gives information on 21 different girls’ series.

Girls’ Series Books: A Checklist of Titles Published 1840-1991 A comprehensive listing of girls’ series books complied by University of Minnesota Libraries.

The Nancy Drew Unofficial Website contains a wealth of information on Nancy Drew books. Creator Jenn Fisher is an expert on all things Nancy Drew. Useful sections include:

The Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew Archive 

Links to Nancy Drew sites

Nancy Drew Sleuths fan site 

Stratemeyer Syndicate on Keeline.com contains James Keeline’s extensive research on the Stratemeyer syndicate.

New York Public Library Inventory of the Stratemeyer Syndicate Records Finding aid to the Stratemeyer records at NYPL.

Cherry Ames Page

Connie Blair Mystery Site 

The Judy Bolton Home Page is a source of information on the Judy Bolton series.

Trixie-Belden.com 

Girls’ series books can be readily bought on many auction and bookseller Websites. These sites offer an excellent way to see what books are currently selling for.

In addition to Ebay.com, there are comprehensive book search sites such as Abebooks.com, Alibris.com, and AddALL.com. There are also individual Web sites specializing in series books such as Book Safari where it is possible to search by series name or by author.

For a list of other online series book sellers follow this link

Axe, John. All About Collecting Girls’ Series Books: Nancy Drew, Judy Bolton, Cherry Ames, Penny Parker, Kay Tracey, Beverly Gray, Connie Blaire, Vicki Barr, Dana Girls & Others.
Grantsville, MD: Hobby House Press, 2002

UMCP HBK Maryland Room Special Collections Folio Z1037 .A98 2002


Billman, Carol. The Secret of the Stratemeyer Syndicate: Nancy Drew, The Hardy Boys, and the Million Dollar Fiction Factory.
New York: Ungar Publishing Company, 1986

UMCP McKeldin Library Stacks PS3537.T817 Z56 1986


Caprio, Betty. The Mystery of Nancy Drew: Girl Sleuth on the Couch.
Trabuco Canyon, CA: Source Books, 1992

UMCP HBK Maryland Room Special Collections Stacks PS3537.T817 Z59 1992


Carpan, Carolyn. Sisters, Schoolgirls, and Sleuths: Girls' Series Books in America.
Lanham, MD: Scarecrow Press, 2009

UMCP HBK Maryland Room Special Collections Stacks PS374.G55 C37 2009


Cornelius, Michael G. and Melanie E. Gregg, Editors. Nancy Drew and Her Sister Sleuths: Essays on the Fiction of Girl Detectives.
Jefferson, NC: McFarland & Co., 2008

UMCP HBK Maryland Room Special Collections Stacks PS374.D4 N36


Dyer, Carolyn Stewart and Nancy Tillman Romalov, Editors. Rediscovering Nancy Drew.
Iowa City: University of Iowa Press, 1995

UMCP HBK Maryland Room Special Collections Stacks PS3545.I774 Z87 1995

UMCP McKeldin Library Stacks PS3545.I774 Z87 1995


Farah, David. Farah’s Guide. Pasadena, CA: Farah’s Books, 1999

UMCP HBK Maryland Room Special Collections Stacks PS3537.T817 Z615 1999


Farah, David. Farah’s Guide: 20th Anniversary Edition.
Pasadena, CA: Farah’s Books, 2005

UMCP HBK Maryland Room Special Collections Stacks PS3537.T817 Z615 2005


Girls Series Books: A Checklist of Titles Published 1840-1991.
Minneapolis: Children’s Literature Research Collections, University of Minnesota Libraries, 1992 

UMCP McKeldin Library Stacks PN1009.A1G475 1992

http://special.lib.umn.edu/clrc/girlsseriesbook.html


Greenwald, Marilyn S. The Secret of the Hardy Boys: Leslie McFarlane and the Stratemeyer Syndicate.
Athens, OH: Ohio University Press, 2004.

UMCP HBK Maryland Room Maryland Stacks PR9199.3.M3148 Z67 2004

UMCP McKeldin Library Stacks PR9199.3.M3148 Z67 2004


Heiferman, Marvin and Carole Kismaric. The Mysterious Case of Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys.
New York: Simon & Schuster, 1998 

UMCP HBK Maryland Room Special Collections Folio PS3537.T817 Z73 1998


Inness, Sherrie A. Nancy Drew and Company: Culture, Gender, and Girls’ Series.
Bowling Green, OH: Bowling Green State University Popular Press, 1997

UMCP HBK Maryland Room Special Collections Stacks PS374.G55 N36 1997

UMCP McKeldin Library Stacks PS374.G55 N36 1997