Consortium of Popular Culture Collections in the Midwest
The Consortium of Popular Culture Collections in the Midwest (CPCCM) is a regional networking effort formalized in 1990. The libraries of the Consortium share a collecting focus in many related subject areas, and their geographic proximity offers practical and cost-effective opportunities for collaboration and resource sharing. Through inter-institutional cooperation, the Consortium sponsors joint projects to promote the common goals of member institutions and enhance local programs, priorities, and strengths. Activities of the CPCCM focus on development, access, promotion, and preservation of specialized research collections.
The founding institutions of the Consortium--Bowling Green State University, Michigan State University, and The Ohio State University--have been recognized for more than twenty years as being among the largest and most significant academic library collections of primary research materials relating to the popular and commercial arts, ranging from comic art and popular fiction, to popular music and the performing arts. Kent State University joined the Consortium in 1991. Cleveland State University was added to the membership in 2003. Oberlin College and the Ohio Historial Society became members in 2004 and 2005, respectively.
Joint projects include the development of a thesaurus of genre terms for cartoon and comic art, agreements for cooperative exhibition and research loans, and internships for students enrolled in graduate programs in library science, archival science, museum studies, American studies, popular culture studies, and related professional fields.
The permanent mailing address for the Consortium of Popular Culture Collections in the Midwest is:c/o Browne Popular Culture Library
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