PCL MS 057 Coastermania Collection
“PCL MS 057 Coastermania Collection.” Finding Aids. BGSU University Libraries, 9 May 2018, lib.bgsu.edu/finding_aids/items/show/2621. Accessed 2 July 2020.
|Title||PCL MS 057 Coastermania Collection|
|Introduction||The collection consists of 0.8 linear feet of material relating to the "Coastermania" course taught at Bowling Green State University during the summer of 1978. The materials are open for research except for one folder that contains some sensitive material. Researchers must comply with all applicable copyright laws when reproducing or copying any of the materials in this collection. The collection was donated to the Popular Culture Library by Dr. Michael Marsden in 1988. The finding aid was prepared in November 2016 by Manuscripts & Outreach Archivist Steve Ammidown.|
|Scope and Content||In 1978, faculty from the Department of Popular Culture embarked on a bold experiment, to create and execute a course relating to the history and place of the roller coaster in popular culture. The course was designed to coincide with a national conference of roller coaster enthusiasts at Cedar Point amusement park in Sandusky, Ohio, from June 30- July 2, 1978.|
The course drew national attention and media coverage, both positive and negative, from local newspapers to NBC's Today Show. Faculty members Michael Marsden and Jack Nachbar were part of the teaching team for the course, and wrote a paper titled "Coastermania: An Educational Experiment" which was presented at the Convention of the Popular Culture Association in 1979. Video of the event was recorded by campus station WBGU.
Coastermania continues at Cedar Point to this day, though without the participation of BGSU or the Popular Culture Department.
This collection consists of multiple types of materials. The largest series is comprised of press kits obtained in 1978 from 13 amusement parks across the country. There are also teaching materials for the Coastermania course, corresponndence with campus officials and potential students, materials relating to the conference during which the course was held, and press clippings relating to the course.
|Series Description||Research materials|
Arranged chronologically, then by topic
1977-1980, Bulk 1978
1978-1978, bulk 1978
Arranged alphabetically by amusement park name