May 26, 2022

A Brief Profile of the Browne Popular Culture Library at Bowling Green St. University in Ohio

From The Blade (Toldeo, OH):

Bowling Green State University’s extensive Sound Recording Archives receives considerable attention, but just one floor above the vast music repository is an equally important link to our cultural past, the Browne Popular Culture Library.

This library isn’t about books so much as it is preserving vaguely historical but always interesting artifacts from our past. The Browne Popular Culture Library is crammed with 200,000 such curios, one of the biggest comprehensive collections in the nation, including:

● A century of the Sears Wish Book and J.C. Penney catalogs

● World War II propaganda posters

● Classic board games

● McDonald’s Happy Meal toys

● Lunch boxes

● New and used postcards

● Original movie, TV, and radio scripts

● An E.T. — The Extra-Terrestrial head mask

● A Civil Defense Kit, complete with hard hat and toilet paper

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Additional Resources

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Digitized Material from the Browne Popular Culture Library (via BGSU Digital Commons)

Digitized Images From the Browne Popular Culture Library (via Flickr)

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