About the Collections

Collection Strengths

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Popular Fiction

Popular fiction predominates our collection, particularly novels in the romancemystery-detectivescience fiction-fantasy, and western genres. The Library also contains extensive collections of late 19th- and 20th-century juvenile/young adult series fiction.

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Popular Entertainment

The Browne Popular Culture Library houses thousands of primary works relating to all kinds of popular entertainment, with particular strengths in materials documenting mass media: television, motion pictures, and radio.

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Graphic Arts

The Browne Popular Culture Library has numerous items representing graphic elements such as: the third largest comic collection in the U.S., a large collection of graphic novels, tens of thousands of book covers, calendars, trading cards, posters, etc.

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Teen Culture & Counterculture

The BPCL currently contains more than 250 radical, anti-establishment, and counter-culture serial titles (nearly 2,000 issues), ranging in dates from 1950 to 1989. These primary research materials, along with many other resources, are excellent resources for examining the social and cultural history of the 1960s, 1970s, and subsequent decades.  

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Foodways & Cookery

For those who love to explore other cultures, or our own, through food, the Browne Popular Culture Library holds an impressive array of resources on foodways and cookery in the form of cookbooks, manuals, realia, etc.

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Advertising Images

Our collection contains many different kinds of images that represent advertising in some form, from movie to cosmetics. Come on up to the 4th floor and see such things as: movie posters, trading cards, mail order catalogs, magazine advertisements, advertising proofs, etc.