SpColl 9: Pinback Button Collection

The Browne Popular Culture Library has an extensive pin-back button collection devoted to subjects such as 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. 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.


Box Category Subcategories
1 Advertising Fast Food
Miscellaneous Restaurants
Beverages and Alcohol
Clothing and Apparel
Cars, Tools, and Machinery
1A Advertising Transportation Services
Banking, Finance, and Lotteries
Computers, Technology, and Software
1B Advertising Miscellaneous Stores, Businesses, Services, and Products
Media Services
Books and Book Publishers
2 Festivals, Places, Travel, and Special Events Cities and Tourist Attractions
States, Provinces, and Countries
State Flags
Special Events
3 Sports High School and Collegiate
Professional Sports
Olympics (1980-1998)
Olympics (2000-Present)
Miscellaneous Olympics
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
Disney Properties
7 Politics International and Miscellaneous Politics
Local and State Politics
Congressional 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  

Updated: 09/05/2019 10:33AM