Ray & Pat Browne Library for Popular Culture Studies

The Browne Popular Culture Library (BPCL), founded in 1969, is the most comprehensive archive of its kind in the United States.  Our focus and mission is to acquire and preserve research materials on American Popular Culture (post 1876) for curricular and research use.

Our collection strengths include research materials on popular fiction, popular entertainment, and the graphic arts. As an archive, our collection does not circulate, with the exception of our DVD collection.  A large part of our collection is searchable via the library catalog and we maintain research guides and finding aids for browsing the remainder of the collection.

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(DVDs available for BGSU faculty, staff, & students with valid BGSU ID)

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A database of photographs, images, manuscripts, rare printed material documenting the music, politics, fashion and youth culture in America and Great Britain from 1950-1975.  A portion of the content is from the BPCL!


The Vintage Paperback Index serves as a graphic illustration of the evolution of American paperbacks from the 1940s through the 1970s.


A multi-disciplinary full-text database that includes scholarly journal articles on all subjects as well as magazines, books and book chapters, reports, conference proceedings, and more.


Film & Television Literature Index is a comprehensive bibliographic database covering the entire spectrum of television and film writing.


Over a thousand full-text scholarly journals and books covering all subjects in the humanities, sciences and social sciences. History, economics, art, literature, and mathematics are particularly strong. All journal titles are archived back to the first issue, many dating from the early 1800s.


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Popular fiction, popular entertainment, and the graphic arts predominate the BPCL's collection, but several other topics are represented.

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We have numerous collections of unique materials.

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The BPCL's manuscript collections support and complement existing print collections in the areas of popular fiction, popular entertainment, and the graphic arts.

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A number of our collections are named after the generous individuals who donated the materials.

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