Twentieth-century Popular Culture in Museums and Libraries

Twentieth-century Popular Culture in Museums and Libraries

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Although libraries and museums for many centuries have taken the lead, under one rational or another, in recovering, storing, and displaying various kinds of culture of their periods, lately, as the gap between elite and popular culture has apparently widened, these repositories of artifacts of the present for the future have tended to drift more and more to what many people call the aesthetically pleasing elements of our culture. The essays in this book investigate the reasons for present-day neglect of popular culture materials and chart the various routes by which conscientious and insightful librarians and museum directors can correct this disastrous oversight.... hymnal, but a Winnebago recreational vehicle, a Who Can Beat Nixon? board- game, a Cuisinart food-processor manual, and an Anita Bryant Christmas album do not win our reverence, however much they may be parts of our daily lives.

Title:Twentieth-century Popular Culture in Museums and Libraries
Author:Fred E. H. Schroeder
Publisher:Popular Press - 1981-01-01


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