Did you know you can find all kinds of obscure references on googlebooks? When I looked Selden up, I found this:
It gives references to places where his books are quoted in footnotes; magazine articles; etc. All from university collections, probably. There's even a full text online of Assignment: USA (1943), his book of wartime homefront journalism. Pages and pages of references to instances in which his work is noted and used even today, and sometimes by major historians. It's interesting to see how a writer's work DOES continue to be out there in the culture, used by other writers and on and on. This is how the "cultural commons" works and not just songwriters, but scholars, build on each other's work. That's reassuring in a case like Selden's because he was a fine, principled journalist... but not so good when you think of all the poor journalism out there and how inaccuracies and fabrications are being perpetuated ad infinitum... but wait, I'm trying to be optimistic. Smiley face here.
Above and left, the cover of an oral history collection Selden put together as a project of his small town weekly newspaper in Fair Oaks, California, to collect the stories of the old-timers in the community. "The Way It Was." (Was "oral history" even a term, then?) Funny to think that I'm one of those old-timers now, and if someone were to ask for my memories of 1950s Fair Oaks, they would evoke a place just as alien to people now as the Fair Oaks of the early days did to the child I was in the 1950s.
here's a later post on fanzines, another kind of ephemeral publishing.