Browne Popular Culture Library

PCL MS-33: William F. Ringle Collection

Introduction | Biographical Sketch | Scope and Content | Restrictions | Series Description | Inventory (Boxes 1-20) | Inventory (Boxes 21-40) | Inventory (Boxes 41-59)


William Frank Ringle was an anthropologist and instructor at the University of Illinois and at Iowa State University. The collection centers on Ringle's personal interest and professional research into the beat generation of the late 1950s to early 1960s; the counterculture of the 1960s and 1970s, including radical social history and politics, Ethnopharmacology drug culture, rock music, and alternative publications; black history and culture, including music; native American history and culture; and miscellaneous other subjects.

The collection was donated to the Browne Popular Culture Library, Bowling Green State University, in April 1988, through the cooperation of Sinan Demirel, a close friend of Ringle's, and Ben Wiese, the executor of the Ringle estate. The collection was inventoried by Sinan Demirel after Ringle's death, and was organized and arranged at the Browne Popular Culture Library by Kelly Roddy, who also prepared the biographical sketch and box/folder inventory.

With the exception of the 19 restricted folders listed in this register, the collection is open to public access for research. However, the duplication of any materials must comply with applicable copyright laws.

This register was compiled by Brenda McCallum, Head Librarian, and Kelly Roddy, Library Assistant, Browne Popular Culture Library, June 1989. This finding aid was updated and revised in September 2009 by Patricia Falk.

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