Browne Popular Culture Library
SpColl 9: Pin-back Button Collection
The Browne Popular Culture Library has an extensive pin-back button collection, devoted to subjects like advertising, sayings and slogans, sports, movies, commemorative, and political or non-political nature, to name just a few of the hundreds of buttons acquired over the years.
Interest in this collection continues to grow. Due to more collectors, choice buttons are not as commonly available at flea markets, antique, or hobby shows. We rely on donations to fill out our collection. Many of our buttons are on display in the entry hallway.
A price guide is available in our reference collection if you are interested: Collectible pin-back buttons, 1896-1986 : an illustrated price guide.
This collection and its finding aid were updated by Mackenzie Ryan in April 2012.
Beverages and Alcohol
Clothing and Apparel
Cars, Tools, and Machinery
Banking, Finance, and Lotteries
Computers, Technology, and Software
|1B||Advertising||Miscellaneous Stores, Businesses, Services, and Products|
Books and Book Publishers
|2||Festivals, Places, Travel, and Special Events||Cities and Tourist Attractions|
States, Provinces, and Countries
|3||Sports||High School and Collegiate|
|4||Television and Film||Television Shows|
|5||Cultural Institutions||High Schools and Universities|
Clubs and Fandom
Charities, Labor Unions, and Non-Profit Organizations
Libraries, Museums, and Zoos
|6||Comics and Cartoons||Comic Books and Cartoons|
|7||Politics||International and Miscellaneous Politics|
Local and State Politics
Presidential (William Henry Harrison-Carter 1976)
Presidential (Carter 1980-Bush 1988)
Presidential (Doyle 1988-Bush 2004)
Presidential (Kerry 2004-Present)
|8||Social Issues and Activism||Social Voting Issues Social Issues and Social Protest/Activism|
|9||Holidays, Music, and Patriotism|
|10||Sayings and Images|
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