The Illustrated Detective Magazine "50 Famous Crimes" series
Call Number: RH MS 1009
Albert T. Reid (1873-1955), born Concordia (Cloud County), Kansas is best known as a political cartoonist. This collection consists primarily of materials pertaining to Reid's work on the "50 Famous Crimes" story series published in the Illustrated Detective Magazine, including manuscripts, rough drafts, research material and correspondence. "50 Famous Crimes" was a series of crime stories, one published for each state. Reid co-wrote the series with Deane Davenport and also provided illustrations.
- 1922 - 1946
- Reid, Albert Turner, 1873-1955 (Person)
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Biography of Albert T. Reid
Albert T. Reid was born on August 12, 1873 at Concordia (Cloud County), Kansas. Reid studied at the University of Kansas in Lawrence, as well as the Art Students League and the New York School of Art. Reid's early professional experiences as an artist and illustrator include service at the Kansas City Star, 1897-1899; the Chicago Record, 1899; the New York Herald, 1899-1900; and magazines, including the Saturday Evening Post, from 1901-1902. He founded and published the Leavenworth Post from 1905-1923, and published the Kansas Farmer from 1908-1916. With George Melville Stone, Reid directed the Reid-Stone Art School in Topeka. Reid established the Albert R. Reid Syndicate for political cartoons and served as the National President of the American Artists Professional League. He died in New York, where he had lived for several decades, on November 26, 1955 Source for biographical information: Craig, Susan V. Biographical Dictionary of Kansas Artists (active before 1945). [City?]: [Publisher?], 2006. Available at
1 Linear Feet (2 document cases + 1 oversize box)
Scope and Contents
The 50 Famous Crimes series was published in "The Illustrated Detective Magazine" (TIDM)(Tower Magazines, Chicago, Il, pub. Later title "Mystery: The Illustrated Detective Magazine") in the early 1930s. This collection has been arranged in four series: Manuscripts, which includes rough drafts and versions of each series installment; Published Stories, comprised of printed copies of the published stories as they appeared in Tidm; Working Documents, comprised of sample stories and other documentation related to the production of the series; and Correspondence, containing letters to and from Davenport and Reid with other individuals and companies regarding the development of the series.
RH MS 1009
RH MS Q257
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Purchase, Charles Apfelbaum, 2000.
- Guide to the Albert T. Reid Collection
- The Illustrated Detective Magazine "50 Famous Crimes" series
- Finding aid prepared by jtf, 2007; revised by skt, 2010. Finding aid encoded by jtf, 2007; revised by skt, 2010.
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The Illustrated Detective Magazine "50 Famous Crimes" series, RH MS 1009, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas