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.
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
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.
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Here are some ideas for materials based on your topic areas.
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.
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
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.
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.
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 (https://dimenovels.lib.niu.edu/learn/spotlights/texasjack). 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.