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:

Upcoming Closures:

November 23-24, 2017
​December 22, 2017-January 1, 2018
January 15, 2018
May 28, 2018
July 4, 2018
September 3, 2018
November 22-23, 2018
December 24-25, 2018

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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. 

Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson

"Songs cannot deal with a situation, they can only act as a kind of social commentary." - David Press, Folk Arts Society, 1968

As a complement to the Tri-C Common Reading Program, two exhibit cases in the Library & Archives Reading Room feature materials from our collections that support the themes of Bryan Stevenson's book Just Mercy. One case is devoted to folk music and protests; the other, rap and hip-hop. The Library & Archives also has a display of relevant library materials in the Reading Room, and a research guide related to the book's themes.

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