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HIST 4302: American Collective Memory: BPCL

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Browne Popular Culture Library

We are the largest and most comprehensive collection of American popular culture materials in the United States. Our collection strengths include research materials on popular fiction, popular entertainment, and the graphic arts.

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BPCL Special & Manuscript Collections

Many of our materials are not searchable in the library catalog, but can be found via finding aids.

Special Collections - from posters to postcards, find out what different kinds of formats we have

Manuscript Collections - organizational records, author's manuscripts/papers

How to Use the BPCL

  • Our hours are more limited than the main floor, but we're open late on Monday and Tuesday.
  • We're an archive/repository, so most of our materials cannot be checked out.
  • Most of our collection is not open for browsing. You need to request materials at our reference desk with your university ID or a photo ID. You will also need to fill out a request form.
  • The reference collection is open for browsing! It's the best place to get started with popular culture research.
  • We have a copier/scanner available for duplicating materials that cannot be checked out.  There is a charge for copying, but no charge for scanning.
  • We also have a planetary scanner for use.

Interim Head Librarian

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Stefanie Hunker
Rm. 404 Jerome Library
Browne Popular Culture Library
University Libraries
Bowling Green State University
Bowling Green, OH 43403

Need Help? Contact Us

Much of the collection is Library Use Only and available on the 4th floor.  Our manuscript collections are available off-site, so if you would like to use these resources, please allow a few days to move the materials to the BPCL.

3 Ways to Contact Us

We're on the 4th floor of Jerome Library.

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Call us at 419-372-2450.

What does the BPCL have?

Here are some ideas for materials based on your topic areas.

Civil War

We do not have a lot of materials that cover this time period, but we do have story papers, which were publications like newspapers, but marketed to the entire family.  There would be: news items for the father/husband; serialized fiction, poetry, recipes, and music for the wife/mother; games and serialized fiction for the kids.  They had graphics, though not a lot of them.  

To find story papers, you can browse the list of titles and issues.  Note: many of these are very fragile and shouldn't be touched, so if there is one you'd like to view, we'll see if we can find it digitized somewhere.

Tulsa Riots

We do not have any materials on this particular riot, but we do on riots in general.  There may be articles in some of the periodicals of the time, though.  If interested in looking at those, contact me at the number listed on the left of the page

Second-Wave Feminism/Women's Liberation

Our holdings for this topic are fairly thorough.  We have different kinds of materials that could be used:  vertical file materials like newsletters and such, periodicals, alternative press publications, writings from the beginning of the movement, etc.

American Revolution

We do not have materials original to this time period.  What we do have, though, are materials (i.e. fiction, drawings) that are set in that time period.

Japanese Internment Camps

Black cowboys in the American West

This topic is a little more challenging to cover.  There are a couple of secondary sources listed below that can help identify some sources, but we may not have some of those sources.  There are issues in our Nickel Weekly Collection that feature Black characters, but they are mainly negative stereotypes.  However, there are a few issues that do not have negative stereotypes and here is one:

There are collections of nickel weeklies and dime novels at other institutions - many are digitized - and they may have issues/titles that we do not.  Here are a couple:

There are a lot of Westerns with black characters, but more often as sidekicks or comic relief, with a few exceptions. The first one that comes to mind is Texas Jack, the Prairie Rattler ( The character Ebony runs Texas Jack’s ranch and, while they’re not equals, they are portrayed as partners and friends. This is a friendship between a former Confederate soldier and a former slave. Ebony appears in multiple Texas Jack stories.

Women's Collegiate Athletics - Before and After Title IX

Native American Civil Rights Movement