Last Updated: Jan 7, 2013
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These links take you to additional content relating to Elvis Presley on the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum website.
These research databases can be accessed within the Library and Archives.
- African American Music Reference
African American Music Reference brings together biographies, chronologies, sheet music, images, lyrics, liner notes, and discographies to chronicle the diverse history and culture of the African American experience through music. The database covers blues, jazz, spirituals, civil rights songs, slave songs, minstrelsy, rhythm and blues, gospel, and other forms of black American musical expression.
ArchiveGrid connects you with primary source material held in archives, special collections, and manuscript collections around the world. You will find historical documents, personal papers, family histories, and more. ArchiveGrid also helps researchers contact archives to request information, arrange a visit, and order copies.
- Rock's Back Pages
Rock’s Backpages is the largest database of rock journalism online, featuring 17,000+ articles on numerous artists. The archive draws on numerous publications from Creem and Trouser Press to Rolling Stone, and from New Musical Express and MelodyMaker to MOJO. It is fully searchable by artist, genre, writer or keyword (allowing search by album or single title, date, etc). Rock's Backpages also features a library of over 100 audio interviews.
The following are books available for use in the Library Reading Room.
Baby, Let's Play House
Call Number: ML420.P747 N35B33 2010
Based largely on exclusive interviews with the many women who knew him in various roles—lover, sweetheart, friend, costar, and family member—Baby, Let's Play House presents Elvis in a new light: as a charming but wounded Lothario who bedded scores of women but seemed unable to maintain a lasting romantic relationship. While fully exploring the most famous romantic idol of the twentieth century, award-winning veteran music journalist Alanna Nash pulls back the covers on what Elvis really wanted in a woman and was tragically never able to find.
Echoes of Elvis
Call Number: ML420.P747 E34 2012
Echoes of Elvis, originally a Smithsonian Institution National Portrait Gallery exhibit of the same name, examines how Elvis' story and widespread fame fit into the greater framework of American culture. Each chapter explores a different aspect of his life to determine and explain his cultural legacy.
Elvis Presley Scrapbook
Call Number: ML420.P747 E48S37 1975
A pictorial album showing all sides of Elvis, from his humble beginnings in Tupelo, Mississippi, through his motion picture career, until his death at Graceland.
Elvis Presley, Reluctant Rebel
Call Number: ML420.P747 J43 2011
Presenting a subject dear to their hearts, Jeansonne, Luhrssen, and Sokolovic offer a well-researched, entertaining volume that provides fascinating insights into Presley's life, his accomplishments, and the culture that formed him. Because it is both engaging and carefully documented, the volume will serve a broad audience".
Elvis: My Best Man
Call Number: ML420.P747 K55 2010b
In Elvis: My Best Man, a heartfelt, entertaining, and long-awaited contribution to our understanding of Elvis Presley and the early days of rock ’n’ roll, George Klein writes with great affection for the friend he knew—about who the King of Rock ’n’ Roll really was and how he acted when the stage lights were off. This fascinating chronicle of boundary-breaking and music-making through one of the most intriguing and dynamic stretches of American history overflows with insights and anecdotes from someone who was in the middle of it all.
The following are sound recordings available at the Library and Archives.
Elvis an Afternoon in the Garden
Call Number: CD PRES-E AFTE 1997
Recorded Madison Square Garden, New York, N.Y., June 10, 1972. All tracks previously unreleased except "I can't stop loving you"
Liner notes by Colin Escott, inserted in container
Elvis country : I'm 10,000 years old
Call Number: CD PRES-E COUN 2012
Contains both original albums of I'm 10,000 years old : Elvis country and Love letters from Elvis
Liner notes by Stuart Colman, inserted in container
Elvis inspiration : original recordings that inspired Elvis Presley
Call Number: CD COLL ELVI-IN 2004
The two CDs include 40 original recordings that inspired Elvis, many of which he later recorded himself, including Big Mama Thornton's Hound Dog, Arthur 'big Boy' Crudup's That's all Right and Wynonie Harris's Good Rocking Tonight. The Collection features many of the King's favorite gospel tunes alongside Classic Country, Blues, and Rock 'n' Roll from the artists that shaped his sound including the Drifters, Hank Williams and Dean Martin. The Third Disc Contains a DVD Interview with Elvis recorded at the Empire Stadium, Vancouver on August 31st 1957, a few weeks before Jailhouse Rock was released.
Elvis is back
Call Number: CD PRES-E ELVI-IS 2011
Recorded at RCA's Studio B, Nashville, 1960-1961
Elvis the Home Recordings
Call Number: CD PRES-E HOME 1999
What you get here is a very interesting look (or rather, 'hear') at Elvis singing some of his favorite songs, playing guitar and piano, fooling around with his friends and in general just having one hell of a time.
The million dollar quartet
Call Number: CD PRES-E MILL 1990
An unrehearsed recording session with Carl Perkins, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Elvis Presley. Recorded live at Sun Recording Studio, Memphis, Tenn. on Dec. 4, 1956.
Viva Elvis The Album
Call Number: CD PRES-E VIVA 2010
This postmodern studio masterwork invokes the spirit and essence of Elvis from a contemporary perspective, while furthering the revolutionary impulses of Elvis' sound. Viva ELVIS - The Album re-imagines the king’s own vocal performances in a broad variety of new musical settings. This new sound echos Elvis' own versatility and ability to master all music genres, from Delta blues to rockabilly, from raw soul to gospel, from Southern folk to Vegas pop, while incorporating elements of garage rock, punk, urban and hip-hop.
The following are DVDs available for viewing at the Library and Archives.
Elvis on tour
Call Number: DVD PRES-E ELVI-ON 2010
Elvis on Tour trails after the King on a few concert dates in 1972, as he powers through a curious set list that downplays the classic hits in favor of the likes of "Polk Salad Annie" and "Proud Mary." Rehearsal footage, preshow jitters, and after-hours sessions singing gospel with the gang are included; most revealing is a sequence that follows Elvis off stage and into his waiting limo, where he towels off in exhaustion, cracks a few jokes, and listens to the praise of the entourage.
Elvis: '68 Comeback Special
Call Number: DVD PRES-E ELVI-S 2006
The Elvis: ’68 Comeback Special DVD restores the King to his throne—with startling footage of Presley wrestling with his reputation, and winning.
Call Number: DVD FIC KING-C 2007
One of Elvis Presley's finer acting roles came in this drama based on a novel by Harold Robbins. Elvis plays a singing busboy in New Orleans who gets a job from gangster Walter Matthau as a singer in a mob-owned nightclub.
Archival collections are described in Finding Aids that provide you with historical and contextual information about a collection, and an inventory to help pinpoint what you need. Search the full text of finding aids for these collections and more via the catalog. Archival collections are available by appointment in the Archives Reading Room.
In addition to the collections listed in more detail below, there are individual items of interest highlighted in the finding aids of the following collections:
- ARC-0037 Jeff Gold Collection, 1938-2010, undated, 35.33 l.f.
Includes a number of posters and an artist file for Elvis Presley.
- ARC-0041 Elvis Presley Set List, 1974 March 20, 0.07 l.f.
A set list, handwritten by Elvis Presley, from a concert in Memphis. Also included is a letter of authenticity from Charlie Hodge, a close friend of Presley.
- ARC-0049 Scotty Moore Papers, 1950-2008, undated, 6.54 l.f.
Contains Moore's personal files, photographic material, clippings, and publications. The clippings shed additional light on Moore's career, particularly his relationship with Elvis Presley.
- ARC-0124 Elvis Presley & Bill Haley Photograph, 1955 February 26, 0.07 l.f.
A color photograph reproduction of Elvis Presley and Bill Haley. Accompanying the image is a newspaper clipping featuring the same photo, stating that it was Presley's first appearance in Cleveland, opening up for Roy Acuff and Kitty Wells at Brooklyn High School.
- ARC-0257 Collection on Elvis Presley, 1957-1993, undated, 9.34 l.f.
Consists of calendars, newspaper clippings, photographs, audio and video recordings, posters, booklets, and album flats showcasing various stages of Presley's career. The collection provides a glimpse into Presley's film career, the reaction to his death in 1977, and the merchandising of his image thereafter.
The following are periodicals available at the Library and Archives.