The databases on this page are divided into two categories; the Primary Source databases are those that contain the full-text of popular literature materials (comic books, pulps), but not necessarily scholarly analysis, since they are put together by fans on the Internet. The Research Databases include rare materials that are usually preserved in libraries or specialized collections.
Artzines.info: Art zines, some in full-text, accompanied with artists/authors annotations and a separate section for bibliographies.
The Digital Comic Museum: Download public domain golden age comics.
A Free Website for Periodicals, Books, and Videos: Browse by Periodicals, then by Genre/Topic (SF/ Fantasy/ Horror; Mystery /Crime/ Adventure; Western; or Romance periodicals). Maintained by Ron Unz.
Independent Voices (1960s-1980s): Index and some open access to independent alternative press, covering feminists, dissident GIs, campus radicals, Native Americans, anti-war activists, Black Power advocates, Latinos, gays, lesbians and more.
Munseys: Pulp Ficition: A collection of full-text books. Registered users can download.
The Pulp Magazine Archive: The Internet Archive. Includes whole issues for watching and downloading.
Today’s Political Cartoons: State, local, national, and international cartoons, from the Association of American Editorial Cartoonists.
Underground and Independent Comics, Comix, and Graphic Novels: A scholarly, primary-source database focused on adult comic books and graphic novels. Includes full-text works as well as interviews, criticism, and journal articles. Browse by characters, genres, subjects, authors and publishers, as well as series and titles.
eFanzines: Science Fiction Fanzines Online: An aggregating website for online fanzines. Edited by Bill Burns.
American Popular Culture
Ad*Access: Historical images and database information for over 7,000 advertisements printed in U.S. and Canadian newspapers and magazines, covering five main subject areas: Radio, Television, Transportation, Beauty and Hygiene, and World War II, providing a coherent view of a number of major campaigns and companies through images preserved in one particular advertising collection available at Duke University (1911–1950).
Archive of Americana: Early American books, pamphlets, broadsides and rare printed materials, covering American history, literature, culture, and daily life.
Center for Research Libraries, Popular literature collections: Scholars and researchers from CRL member institutions have free and unlimited use of the CRL collections through interlibrary loan. ASU Library is a member institution.
Documenting the American South: Primary sources from the Southern Collections at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Includes a "Going to the Show" section that documents the experience of movie going since motion pictures were introduced in North Carolina to the the end of the silent film era (1896-1930).
The Sixties: Primary Documents and Personal Narratives, 1960 to 1974: This database documents the key events, trends, and movements in 1960s America—vividly conveying the zeitgeist of the decade and its effects into the middle of the next. Through letters, diaries, memoirs, and oral histories; accounts from official, radical, and alternative organizations; posters, broadsides, pamphlets, advertisements, and rare materials; and Universal newsreel footage of the times, the collection tells the story of the Sixties. With The Sixties, researchers will now have personal accounts by the people who experienced events firsthand.
Southern Cultures: Some of the materials (not refereed) may apply to popular culture studies. "Explores the history, politics, folklore, literature, art, and social structures of the South, addressing common themes and conflicts among mainstream and alternative cultures in the South. Includes sections on food, music, sports, and contemporary trends." (UrlichWeb). Center for the Study of the American South, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.