Nature and Scope


From music and youth culture to politics and fashion, the period from 1950 to 1975 witnessed dramatic changes in society. Popular Culture in Britain and America, 1950-1975 traces the development from 1950s austerity to the excess of the 1970s through a range of printed and manuscript sources, visual material, ephemera and video footage including:

  • Pamphlets, letters, government files, and eye witness accounts covering key events of the period.
  • The renowned Social Protest Collection from University of California, Berkeley.
  • Underground magazines including OZ and IT; as well as American fanzines and alternative press titles from Bowling Green State University.
  • Thousands of indexed photographs depicting the people and events of the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s.
  • Ephemera and memorabilia – posters, pins and artefacts.
  • A collection of carefully selected video footage that brings the sights and sounds of the period to life.

Additional material explores the key issues and events of the period and includes:


The resource enables students and scholars to examine key issues and events of the period, including:


Archival material has been sourced from key libraries and organisations in Britain and America:

Other supporting libraries and organisations:


Key Features


Popular Culture 
features an extensive interactive Chronology, covering significant events for every year between 1950 and 1975. Discover fascinating facts, read quotes from key figures, view images, and search for a theme or artist.


Witness the sights and sounds of the period by viewing the selection of video clips. Topics and events covered include:

  • The Race Riots in Atlanta, Georgia
  • An Anti-War Protest Rally in Washington, D.C.
  • Early space travel
  • Responses to the death of Martin Luther King


Visual Resources


Research Tools

  • Use the Glossary to learn more about contemporary key terms, events and individuals
  • Read Thematic Guides to understand the major social, political and cultural themes of the period
  • Discover more about the changing music scene of the period
  • Read Essays by leading academics which provide context and links to key sources.