Library & Archives

Hours

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:

library@rockhall.org
(216) 515-1956

2018 Closures:

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

2018 Inductees

Check out our research guides on the new 2018 Inductees, as well as those nominated for the 2018 class!

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Search for Archival Materials

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

 

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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.

Now Accepting Summer 2018 Intern Applications!

Summer 2018 Internship Opportunities

The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Library & Archives offers opportunities for intern experiences to graduate students preparing for careers in libraries and archives. Interns will work closely with one of the Rock Hall’s librarians or archivists to develop professional level skills that will prepare them for the workforce. Internships are done on a volunteer basis. The Rock Hall does not offer compensation.

Internships are offered in the following areas: 

Archival Arrangement, Preservation, and Description 
This internship provides the opportunity for a student to participate in archival processing and preservation work, such as inventorying, arranging and describing archival collections, entering and editing data in a collection management system, and performing basic preservation work. Other duties may include testing new workflows and metadata cleanup for a collection management system migration.

Cataloging and Metadata 
This internship provides the opportunity for a student to create and enhance bibliographic records in a library catalog and/or create metadata for digital collections. Such work may entail assigning subject and name access points, preparing descriptive summaries, determining and adding holdings for serials, and reviewing catalog records for accuracy. Other duties may include testing new workflows and metadata cleanup for a collection management system migration.

Collection Development 
This internship provides an opportunity for a student to participate in collection development activities in a music research library. Such work includes evaluating current materials for deaccession and making recommendations for future additions to the collection. The student will gain an understanding of library users’ needs, the constraints of physical space, various resources and tools used in collection development, and the budgetary considerations required of such decisions. Knowledge of rock and roll music and its history required.

Digital Projects 
This internship provides the opportunity for a student to work in support of digitization initiatives to increase access to collections through digitization and website access. Possible assignments include digitization and ingest of assets, the creation of metadata, preparing technical and administrative documentation, and testing digitization workflows. 

Public Services
This internship provides the opportunity for a student to support the public services provided by the Library & Archives. Possible work to include responding to research requests; staffing the Information Desk to assist researchers in person; creating research guides and other access points into our collections; and assisting with events, public programs, exhibits and instruction for classes.

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Eligibility 

An intern must currently be enrolled in a college or graduate school program. The intern should have completed coursework related to: Archives, Library and Information Science, Public History, History, Museum Studies or equivalent. Should have excellent communication skills, both written and verbal. Availability to work 16 or more hours a week, up to 36 hours a week during the summer, for a minimum of 8 weeks. Graduate students preferred. Intern must be available during the hours of Monday to Friday 9 a.m to 5 p.m.   

Requirements 

  • Basic understanding of archival arrangement and description 
  • Detail-oriented 
  • Skilled with computers and databases 
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively 
  • Ability to lift up to 40 lbs. 

Apply at https://workforcenow.adp.com/jobs/apply/posting.html?client=ROCKROLLFA&jobId=16832&lang=en_US.

Questions? Contact us at mailto:library@rockhall.org

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. 

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum | Library and Archives
2809 Woodland Avenue | Cleveland, OH 44115 | 216.515.1956 | library@rockhall.org