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William Morton Bowlus Comic Collection

A research guide on the William Morton Bowlus Comic Collection

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The William Morton Bowlus Comic Colleciton

The William Morton Bowlus Collection includes more than 7,000 comic books, many from the Silver Age of comic books (late 1950s and 1960s), and related materials. Bowlus, an LSU alum, began collecting comic books in grade school and continued until his death in his late 20’s. The collection was donated to the LSU Libraries by his mother, Mrs. Martha Bowlus, to honor his memory and preserve a collection he loved. The Bowlus Collection offers a wealth of graphic art and storytelling from a formative period in American cultural history.

How to Search the Collection

To search the comic collection, use the LSU Libraries' Catalog. Narrow your search by library, choosing "Special Collections," on the drop-down menu, and by location, choosing "William Morton Bowlus Collection of Comic Books" on the drop down menu. You can search the catalog using keywords, titles, or subject headings. 

For example, to find Swamp Thing in this collection

  • Go to the LSU Libraries' Catalog
  • Narrow your search by
    • Library: Special Collections
    • Collections: William Morris Bowlus Collection of Comic Books
  • Enter "Swamp Thing" in the "Find These Words" box
  • Click "Search."

For more information on searching the catalogue, visit the Tips for Finding Books page, use the "Introduction to Special Collections" LibGuide, or use the "Virtual Help Desk," on the bottom right of the Special Collection home page

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