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PCL MS 107 Ray B. Browne Collection

The Ray B. Browne Collection is comprised of over 43 cubic feet of correspondence, files, literary manuscripts and printed materials dating from 1950 to 2011. Some earlier and more recent dates are scattered within the correspondence, manuscripts and printed materials. Dr. Browne's research interests within the humanities encompassed the study of English, American literature, folklore, history as well as American culture and popular culture studies. It was his broad, comprehensive view of human experience and his realization that the seemingly ordinary was a relevant area for academic inquiry that compelled Dr. Browne in 1967 to design, build and cultivate the study of popular culture at Bowling Green State University. This new approach would expand nationally and internationally via a network of Dr. Browne's academic colleagues, the Center for the Study of Popular Culture, the Popular Culture Library (the Ray and Pat Browne Library for Popular Culture Studies since 2003), the Popular Press (and its periodicals) as well as the Popular Culture and American Culture Associations. Ray Browne began donating segments of his collection to the Browne Popular Culture Library on January 12, 1988. There are no restrictions placed on the use of this collection for scholarly purposes. Researchers are responsible for securing copyright permission when using all unpublished manuscripts and published works whether authored by Ray B. Browne or by other writers whose work may be found in this collection. This finding aid was prepared by Eric Honneffer in September 2007.


PCL MS 160 Jayne Ann Krentz Collection

The Jayne Ann Krentz Collection consists of 1/4 linear feet and contains many of her personal works, publicity materials, articles, an audio script, and personal accomplishments/awards. The collection centers on Jayne Ann Krentz’s mission to mainstream Romance Literature and Popular Fiction, literary forms that historically have been criticized for not being "realistic" and "meaningful." Krentz believes that Romance Literature should be mainstreamed into society as a study of ancient heroic virtues that celebrate the heroic aspects of both feminine and masculine genders and the healing power of love.

The collection was donated by Jayne Ann Krentz through a series of installments in 1997, 1999, and 2002. There are no restrictions placed upon the use of this collection for scholarly purposes. The collection is open for research; however, photocopying of manuscripts must comply with applicable copyright laws. Researchers are responsible for securing copyright permission when using all unpublished manuscripts and published works authored by Jayne Ann Krentz . The collection was arranged and described by Annie Rose Land June 2013.