Library & Archives


The Library & Archives is open to visitors by appointment only. Please contact us at least 24 hours in advance. Research and class visits are available by advance appointment, Monday through Thursday, 9am to 5pm, and Friday 10am to 5pm. Contact us as far in advance as possible to schedule:
(216) 515-1956

2018 Closures:

February 13
May 28
July 4
September 3
November 22-23
December 24-25

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Film & Video Preservation Day

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There's still time to submit video and film for free preservation digitization and inclusion in our Home Movie Day compilation film to be screened on October 20, 2018 from 2-4:00 p.m. in the Foster Theatre at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame!

Do you have 8mm or 16mm film you shot of Jimi Hendrix at Public Hall in 1968? Video of Peter Laughner in the 1970s? The Waitresses in the ‘80s? We want you to bring in your home movies to be digitized and potentially added to the Rock Hall's permanent collection as a part of NEO Sound, our local popular music preservation initiative ( Self-recorded films and videos of Northeast Ohio acts, national acts featured at local venues, or those important or historical music events filmed by NEO community members are of particular interest.

All participants will receive:

  • A complimentary USB drive with digital, preservation-quality files of your film or video
  • A copy of the Library & Archives' zine “Preservation: 88 Lines About 44 Techniques”

Please contact us at (216) 515-1993, or, to schedule an appointment or discuss your film and video with our archivists. Please note, we will only be able to digitize the following media as part of the Home Movie project:  8mm film, Super 8mm film, 16mm film, Super 16mm film, Betacam, Digital8, DV, DVCAM, DVCPRO, DVD, HDCAM, HDV, Hi8, MiniDV, U-matic, and VHS. If you have media not included on this list, please contact us to learn what possibilities exist for digitization and donation. 

Film & Video Preservation Day has been made possible in part by a grant from the Ohio History Fund and through the support of Videodub International.

On Exhibit

The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame is giving visitors the opportunity to explore the summer of 1967 in its newest exhibit, Summer of Love Turns 50, which opened June 21, the first day of summer.

Fifty years ago, in 1967, the epicenter of counterculture, the San Francisco neighborhood Haight-Ashbury, attracted young people by the thousands. Though an eclectic group, they often shared similar beliefs: experimentation, a rejection of consumerist values, peace, and a general opposition toward the Vietnam War. They also shared a passion for music. The Summer of Love Turns 50 exhibition will celebrate a time when musicians were looked to as a collective mouthpiece for a generation. 

Visitors can experience rarely seen artifacts including: 

  • Jimi Hendrix’s purple velvet jacket and recording console used for his “Summer of Love” recordings 
  • A guitar played by Ron “Pigpen” McKernan of the Grateful Dead 
  • Clothing worn by Michelle Phillips of the Mamas and the Papas 
  • Iconic concert posters from The Fillmore, Avalon Ballroom and others 
  • Original artwork by Marty Balin of Jefferson Airplane 

In addition to the Museum’s exhibition, the Rock Hall’s Library & Archives (2809 Woodland Avenue) is showcasing a companion display of concert handbills featuring the visual artists who reflected the culture’s vibrancy. Find out more about the Summer of Love in the collections of the Library & Archives.

Alongside the Rock Hall’s Rolling Stone / 50 Years, the exhibition is part of the Rock Hall’s larger look back at the music and culture 1967. A variety of public programming options will provide communal experiences throughout the summer.  

Summer of Love Turns 50 will be open through 2017. 

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