Special Collections

Special Collections is...

  • Browne Popular Culture Library
    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.
  • Center for Archival Collections
    The Center for Archival Collections is an archive and manuscript repository within University Libraries at Bowling Green State University. Our collection strengths include our manuscript collections, the Historical Collection of the Great Lakes, our Rare Books & Special Collections, and the National Student Affairs Archive. We are also the home of the BGSU University Archives, and house local records from the nineteen counties of Northwest Ohio.
  • Curriculum Resource Center
    The Curriculum Resource Center (CRC) supports the undergraduate and graduate teaching programs in the College of Education and Human Development and other BGSU education-related areas by maintaining a collection of high quality preschool through grade twelve materials reflecting innovation in teaching practices and standards-based instruction.
  • Music Library & Bill Schurk Sound Archives
    With almost a million recordings, the Music Library & Bill Schurk Sound Archives (MLBSSA) is the largest collection of popular music in an academic library in North America. The MLBSSA also collects materials in support of BGSU's College of Musical Arts, including scores and recordings for study and performance, anthologies and collected works of individual composers.

Reproduction & Research Services

Special Collections can provide research and reproductions to off-site researchers upon request.  See our Rights, Permissions, and Reproductions Framework for further information on requesting reproductions.  All reproduction and research requests are subject to the fees outlined in our Reproduction and Licensing Fee Schedule.

Teaching with Primary Sources Learning Community

The University Libraries is happy to announce a Teaching with Primary Sources learning community.  Throughout the semester we will be hosting six sessions discussing primary sources and best practices for using them in the classroom. Participants will work toward the development of a lesson plan or assignment for use in future teaching. The sessions will be most useful for instructors teaching courses in the arts and humanities.

The dates for the Spring 2024 learning community are:  January 24, February 7 and 21, March 13 and 20, April 3.  Sessions will be held in the CollabLab in Jerome Library from 2:00-3:30 pm.

To apply, fill out the form on the Teaching with Primary Sources learning community web page.

Updated: 12/06/2023 11:25AM