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aturday-Sunday:  CLOSED

Research and class visits available by appointment only, Monday through Friday, 9am to 5pm. Contact us to schedule.

Special Hours for 2016:
September 2 - 5: Closed
November 24 - 25: Closed
December 23: Closed
December 26: Closed

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Scan Day


The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame’s Library and Archives is once again asking the community to come out and help preserve rock and roll history!

Our third Scan Day event will be held at the Library and Archives (2809 Woodland Ave, Cleveland) on Saturday, August 27, from 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM. For Scan Day, we ask rock fans and collectors to bring in photos, handbills, programs, and other flat rock and roll memorabilia—8 1/2” x 11” in size or smaller—to be digitized. Your items have the potential to be included in the Rock Hall's permanent collection; those related to the history of Northeast Ohio popular music are of particular interest, but we welcome you to bring all materials related to rock and roll. Please note, the Rock Hall does not collect ticket stubs or press passes, but we will digitize the items to preserve them for you.

All participants will receive:

  • A voucher for a free admission ticket to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame
  • A complimentary USB drive with digital, preservation-quality image files of their items
  • Archival-quality sleeves to help preserve your original materials
  • A copy of the Library and Archives' zine Preservation: 88 Lines About 44 Techniques

Reservations are recommended to ensure shorter wait times. Please contact the Library and Archives at (216) 515-1956 or to schedule an appointment or receive more information.

Participants may bring up to 15 items for free digitization onto a complimentary USB drive, subject to availability and Museum policies. If the materials fit the collecting policy of the Library and Archives, the owner of the materials will have the opportunity to donate not only the digital files, but the original materials as well, subject to applicable law and Museum policies.

Participants must redeem their vouchers at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Box Office and use their tickets by Monday, September 5.

National Endowment for the Humanities
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 Web resource (or article, when published by any local press), do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

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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