Library & Archives

Search for Archival Materials

Search here for documents, images, and recordings from artists, executives, fans, and the Rock Hall itself. Browse here.


Search for Library Materials

Search here for books, magazines, CDs, and DVDs in the Rock Hall collections. This will take you to the
WorldCat online catalog and allow you to locate resources both in our library and libraries near you.

Scan Day

Scan Day



You'll be able to share your favorite concert and music memories with friends, family and fans around the world, and potentially be included in the Rock Hall’s permanent collection.

We're looking for photos, handbills, programs, and other flat rock and roll memorabilia – 8.5” x 11” in size or smaller – to be digitized. Items related to the history of Northeast Ohio popular music are of particular interest. Ticket stubs and press passes are not being collected at this time but can be digitized and preserved for personal use during the event.

As part of our Open House, the Library & Archives will also showcase archival materials and digital content collected at previous Scan Days. Plus, enjoy a mix of local music, light food and refreshments! No RSVPs necessary.

All participants will receive:

  • A voucher for a free admission ticket to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, to be redeemed by Saturday, December 31

  • A complimentary USB drive with digital, preservation-quality image files of their items

  • Archival-quality sleeves to help preserve their original materials

  • A copy of the Library & Archives zine, Preservation: 88 Lines About 44 Techniques

Scan Day has been made possible in part by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities: Exploring the human endeavor. Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this release, do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

CPMS Research Fellowships

Conduct Research at the Rock Hall’s Library & Archives!

Case Western and the Rock Hall are currently accepting applications for CPMS Research Fellowships


The Center for Popular Music Studies at Case Western Reserve University, working with the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, announces the availability of research fellowships to support use of the resources of the Rock Hall’s Library & Archives. Fellowships will be in the amount of $2,000 to support a one-week research trip.  

Applicants should send the following to by 2 p.m. EST on January 16, 2017:

If you need assistance searching the online catalogs, please contact Any other questions about the fellowships can be sent to

Want a New Gig?

NOW HIRING : Library Assistant

Be a Rock Star and help us engage, teach and inspire
through the power of Rock and Roll!

The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, the world’s first museum dedicated to the living heritage of rock and roll music, is currently seeking candidates for the position of Library Assistant. The Library Assistant reports to the Senior Director of Library & Archives and is responsible for the acquisition of library resources; handling the paperwork for library donations to the Library & Archives; managing the inventory and physical space for library collections; and assisting with public programming at the Library & Archives.

For consideration and to view the complete job posting, please submit your resume, cover letter and salary online at

The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame is an equal opportunity employer and a Drug Free Workplace.

On Exhibit

Louder Than Words Rock Power Politics
Revolution Girl Style
Bikini Kill concert flyer

From the moment rock and roll hit the airwaves, it has played a crucial role in politics and social movements around the world. Now, two iconic museums, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, Ohio and the Newseum in Washington, D.C. are partnering on a one-of-a-kind exhibit, Louder Than Words: Rock, Power and Politics, to explore the power of rock to change attitudes about patriotism, peace, equality and freedom.

As part of Louder Than Words, the Library and Archives offers a spotlight exhibit on the Riot Grrrl movement, entitled Revolution...Grrrl Style. The exhibit discusses the foremothers and influences of Riot Grrrl, the movement's embrace of DIY punk culture, social activism and third wave feminism, and its influences on later artists. The exhibit includes handbills, stickers, photographs and other promotional materials for artists like Bikini Kill, Bratmobile, Cold Cold Hearts, Excuse 17, Huggy Bear, Kim Gordon, Joan Jett, Lydia Lunch, Exene Cervenka, the Slits, the Plasmatics, Sleater-Kinney, Pussy Riot, and much more!

Offered in conjunction with the exhibit are an exhibit guide, listening stations, displays of commercial publications and recordings, and an online research guide.

*Image (left) from the Kill Rock Stars Collection.

Because we are angry at a society that tells us Girl = Dumb, Girl = Bad, Girl = Weak. – Riot Grrrl Manifesto

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