PCL MS 232 Romantic Times Collection
“PCL MS 232 Romantic Times Collection.” Finding Aids. BGSU University Libraries, 5 May 2021, lib.bgsu.edu/finding_aids/items/show/2791. Accessed 7 Dec. 2023.
|Title||PCL MS 232 Romantic Times Collection|
|Introduction||The Romantic Times Collection consists of approximately 38 cubic feet of print, photographic and multimedia materials related to the publication of Romantic Times Magazine and its annual convention. The collection was donated by Romantic Times Magazine in January of 2018. |
There are no restrictions placed upon its use for scholarly purposes, however researchers are responsible for securing copyright permission from the appropriate copyright holder when duplicating any unpublished or published works included in the collection. The finding aid for the collection was created by Manuscripts & Outreach Archivist Steve Ammidown in March 2019. Questions about the collection may be directed to the BPCL reference email.
|Biographical Sketch||Romantic Times was created by Kathryn Falk in 1981 at the beginning of a boom time in the romance publishing industry. The magazine was printed until 2016, when it went online-only. The online version of the website was updated until May 2018.|
The magazine went through a number of different iterations. From 1981-2002, it was known only as Romantic Times. From 2002-2006, it was known as Romantic Times Bookclub. Finally, from 2006 to 2016 it was known as Romantic Times Book Reviews. The print publication was ended in 2016 and the magazine existed in online-only form until May 2018 at http://www.rtbookreviews.com/.
The company also published a non-romance book magazine called Rave Reviews, which was published for 29 issues from 1986-1991.
|Scope and Content||The bulk of the collection are the photographic archives of Romantic Times Magazine from its founding in 1981 through the late 1990s when the bulk of the magazine's production was done digitally. |
A collection of CDs contains photographs, magazine layouts and other items related to the print edition of the magazine, which ceased publication in 2016 and went entirely online.
Also included in the collection are an assortment of videotapes containing local television segments about romance, including features about model Fabio and the 1997 plagiarism controversy that involved Janet Dailey admitting to copying Nora Roberts.
The magazine held annual conventions for readers and authors as well. The collection includes a number of videotapes from these conventions, including several years of the Mr. Romance Cover Model Contest.
|Inventory||The photographic archives are organized alphabetically by entity or author's name. There are more than 3,500 folders in the collection, with dates ranging from 1981 to the late 1990s. The list below is organized by the first and last name in each box. |
|Transfers||A full collection of the print editions of Romantic Times and Rave Reviews Magazine were included in the donation of this collection. Those issues were used to augment the Browne Popular Culture Library's collection of the magazine.|