A brief history of the Southwest Texas Popular/American Culture Association.

In many ways, the Southwest Popular/American Culture Association (SWPACA) has grown to become the successful group it is today due to a grassroots movement of scholars pioneering new forums for the interdisciplinary study of popular and American culture. The purpose of this page is to provide a “snapshot” of the dedicated people who have led the organization over the years and a sense of some of the issues that have captured participants’ attention.

Lynnea Chapman King
Executive Director
Southwest Popular/American Culture Association

Locations of Historical Records

From 1987 to 2003 the associations compiled the Proceedings of its annual meeting. We advertised the collection to the membership and left a master copy at the Cowboy Copy Center in Stillwater, Oklahoma (home of Oklahoma State University); a copy was also placed in the collection of the Edmon Low Library at OSU for record purposes. As a capstone of this process, Peter Rollins, Darin Cozzens, and Reed Harp assembled a collection of papers from the Proceedings pool into a special issue of the Journal of American Culture 14 (1991).

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