Browne Popular Culture Library

Popular Culture Studies: A History - Manuscript Collections

In 1969, Dr. Ray Browne founded the Popular Culture Association, a scholarly association devoted to the study of mass culture, headquartered at Bowling Green State University. With the establishment of graduate and undergraduate programs in the early 1970s, BGSU has continued to be a leader in this interdisciplinary field. In the thirty years since the discipline's recognition by the academic community, the foundation for this field of research has been laid. The manuscript collections listed here can provide a starting place for research into the development of the discipline. Manuscript registers will be linked through these lists as they become available.

PCL MS-203 The Atomic Age Opens Collection
Includes two scrapbooks with mail art postcards solicited by the PCL for an exhibition that was part of the conference "The Atomic Age Opens: American Culture Confronts the Bomb," marking the 50th anniversary of the atomic bomb. Also included are brochures and programs, a copy of a book containing a selection of conference papers, and a copy of an exhibition text for another display shown in the library at that time. 1.5 cu. ft. An online exhibit of the postcards will be available soon.

PCL MS-107 Ray B. Browne Collection
Includes correspondence, files, literary manuscripts and printed materials.

PCL MS-213 The Future of Popular Culture Studies in the 21st Century
Proceedings, correspondence, session proposals, papers and other documents.

PCL MS-22 Jay Mechling Collection
The Jay Mechling Collection houses photocopies and reprints of published articles on various aspects of American Culture, Popular Culture, and the Boy Scouts.

PCL MS-44 Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association Archives
Includes some proceedings, photographs, conference programs, academic papers, newsletters from the PCA and related regional associations.

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.

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