Browne Popular Culture Library
PCL MS-216: Popular Press Collection
The Bowling Green State University Popular Press was begun by Ray and Pat Browne in 1967 as a means to publish the Journal of Popular Culture. By 1969 the press began to publish books. It was the official mouth-piece of what was then a fledgling movement to promote the academic study of every day life and became one of the foremost university presses to focus the majority of its publishing on topics relevant to this study of popular culture. The Popular Press was sold to the University of Wisconsin in 2002.
The Popular Press files focus predominantly on the publication of book titles rather than the many journals it also published. The twenty-six cubic feet of files dating from approximately 1969 to 2002 (some general information is included through 2007) are divided into author files, inactive author files, unpublished manuscript files and office files. The most complete of these series being the author files which detail specific publication projects and shed light on the kinds of works published by the press and its interactions with scholars in the field.
The collection was donated to the Browne Popular Culture Library in 2007 with the assistance of the Executive Vice-President’s office at BGSU. No restrictions have been placed on the use of the collection for scholarly purposes. The finding aid was completed by Eric Honneffer in June 2009.
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