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Pflaum Publishing Company publications

Identifier: CSC-034

Scope and Contents

The Pflaum Publishing Company publications include religious weekly newspapers and comic books. The bulk of this collection consists of the Young Catholic Messenger, theJunior Catholic Messenger, Our Little Messenger, and theTreasure Chest of Fun and Fact, among other publications. The collection spans 1889-1971.


  • Creation: 1889-1971


Access to Materials

This collection is open and available to the public for research in the U.S. Catholic Collection reading room. The materials are non-circulating.

Copyright Notice

The materials in this collection may be protected by copyright law (Title 17, U.S. Code). The materials are available for personal, educational, and scholarly use. It is the responsibility of the researcher to locate and obtain permission from the copyright owner or his or her heirs for any other use, such as reproduction and publication.

History of the Pflaum Publishing Company

In 1885, the Pflaum Publishing Company was founded by George A. Pflaum Sr. The publishing house, located in Dayton, Ohio, first produced a weekly newspaper, the Young Catholic Messenger. The newspaper was distributed to students in the Catholic School System.

George A. Pflaum Jr. took over the company's operation upon his father's death. He expanded the Young Catholic Messenger series to include theJunior Catholic Messenger andOur Little Messenger, each of which addressed a different age group. It was not long before the company was known to Catholic parents across the United States and Canada for producing religious and moral reading material for all members of the family.

In addition to the Messenger series, George A. Pflaum Jr. began the publication of theTreasure Chest of Fun and Fact, a Catholic comic book, in 1946. Most of the stories promoted themes of faith, family, and patriotism and related to sports, school, and Saints. Contributors included Frank Borth, Bob Powell, and Reed Crandall.

Today the Pflaum Publishing Group continues to publish a wide range of materials used for Catholic religious education.


20.75 Linear Feet

Language of Materials



The Pflaum publications were produced by the Pflaum Publishing Company of Dayton, Ohio. The collection is mainly bound volumes of original weekly newspapers and comic books for Catholic youth.


The Pflaum Publishing Company publications consist of bound volumes, described alphabetically in this finding aid.


Guide to the Pflaum Publishing Company publications, 1889-1971,
Finding aid prepared by Leigh Burnham
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Repository Details

Part of the University Libraries Repository

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