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

Upcoming Closures:

​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

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.

CPMS Research Fellowships

The Center for Popular Music Studies at Case Western Reserve University, working with the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, announces the availability of research fellowships to support use of the resources of the Rock Hall’s Library & Archives. 

Fellowships will be in the amount of $2,000 to support a one-week research trip.  Applicants should send the following as a single PDF file to popmusic@case.edu by 2pm EST, 15 January 2018:

If you need assistance searching the online catalogs, please contact library@rockhall.org. Successful proposals will be those that make clear why the Library & Archives’ holdings are essential to the work/research described.

The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame’s Library & Archives is the world’s most comprehensive repository of historical materials relating to rock and roll, its musical roots (e.g. blues, country, R&B, gospel) and related genres (e.g. soul, hip-hop). The library gives users access to thousands of non-circulating books, periodicals, and recordings. In the archives, researchers may work directly with hundreds of thousands of original photographs, posters, promotional materials, rare audio and video recordings, and personal and corporate papers. Over 480 collections focus on such luminaries as Alan Freed, Del Shannon, Curtis Mayfield, Otis Redding, Art Garfunkel, Clive Davis, and Scotty Moore, plus Atlantic Records, Sire Records, FAME Studios, Bloodshot Records, Kill Rock Stars, and other music-related companies. The Library & Archives is also home to NEO Sound, a local music collecting initiative which includes over 50 years of Cleveland rock critic Jane Scott’s working notes, as well as personal collections from local producers, photographers, promoters, and musicians.

The Library & Archives is a 22,500-square-foot facility located in the Gill & Tommy LiPuma Center for Creative Arts on the Metro Campus of Cuyahoga Community College, at 2809 Woodland Avenue in downtown Cleveland. More information about the Library & Archives and its holdings can be found at: http://library.rockhall.com.

Please email Daniel Goldmark at dig5@case.edu if you have any questions.

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