Library & Archives


The Library & Archives is open to visitors by appointment only. Appointments must be made at least 2 weeks in advance; longer in cases where audiovisual or digital collections are requested. Archival appointments will only be scheduled after a reference interview with a Library & Archives staff member, so please contact us through the form at as early as possible before your proposed visit. We will not be able to accommodate class visits at this time. Appointments are available Monday through Wednesday, 10am to 4pm.

Holiday Closures:
July 5, 2021
September 6, 2021
December 24, 2021-January 3, 2022

Rock Your Giving!

In a new video, the Rock Hall's Library & Archives team gives insight into how they care for collections, plus, they'll share tips on how you can preserve your own collection of media right at home. Watch, learn and please consider donating to support our mission!

For more preservation tips, check out the link below to download our preservation zine, 88 Lines About 44 Techniques!

Search for Archival Materials

Search through the Rock Hall's archival collections here, including photographs, manuscripts, business records, posters, handbills, recordings, and much more from performers, bands, record label executives, recording studios, and the fans themselves!

If you're onsite at the Museum or Library & Archives, please use this link to get to the online catalog.

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.

Virtual Exhibit

Local Music U Want: Northeast Ohio Punk and New WaveThe Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Library & Archives celebrates its NHPRC grant project through an exhibit!

The National Archives grants program, carried out through the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC), awarded a Pagans postertwo-year grant to the Rock Hall to fund the accessibility of the institution's historically important music resources. Included in the grant project are a number of collections related to NEO Sound, the Rock Hall’s local music preservation initiative.

Now available onlineLocal Music U Want: Northeast Ohio Punk and New Wave showcases materials related to NEO Sound and made available through the NHPRC grant. Local Music U Want focuses on the unique Northeast Ohio punk and new wave scenes of the 1970s and ‘80s, fueled by the changing post-industrial landscape of the “Rust Belt.” Unlike other music scenes in the U.S., Northeast Ohio punk and new wave primarily flew under the radar, allowing the music to evolve into something more avant-garde and exploratory. Featured in the exhibit are photos, stickers, flyers, cassette zines and other promotional materials from the Rock Hall’s NEO Sound collections on local bands the Dead Boys, Devo, the Waitresses, Pere Ubu, the Styrenes, Tin Huey, 15 60 75 (The Numbers Band), and more! Donors featured include musicians Chris Butler and Marky Ray and photographer Dave Treat.

Grant-Funded Processing!

Please note all collections processed, January 2019 to January 2021, were completed through a grant from the National Historical Publications & Records Commission! All collections processed, beginning in February 2021, are done so with support from a Museums for America grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services. These collections are not currently available via our online catalog - they are only accessible via the Archival Collections guide as PDF documents.

All collections processed prior to January 2019 are still available via on our online catalog. Not able to find what you're looking for? Please contact us. Thank you for your patience as we work towards a new and improved online catalog in 2022!


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