Library & Archives


The Library & Archives is open to visitors by appointment only. Appointments to browse the Reading Room must be made at least 24 hours in advance. All other archival appointments will only be scheduled after a reference interview with a Library & Archives staff member, so please contact us through the methods below as early as possible before your proposed visit. Class visits require at least 2 weeks notice. Appointments are available Monday through Friday, 9am to 5pm.
(216) 515-1956

Holiday Closures:
January 20, 2020
February 17, 2020
May 25, 2020
July 3, 2020
September 7, 2020
November 26-27, 2020
December 25-26, 2020

Temporary Closure

Thank you for your interest in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Library & Archives. We are currently closed and unable to respond to reference and appointment requests at this time. We will update this website when we are back to normal operations. Please contact us again at that time.

We encourage you to check out some of the Rock Hall's free resources like Research GuidesRock Hall EDU; and videos, photos, and stories on the Museum's website!

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.

NHPRC Access to Historical Records Grant


Please note all collections processed, beginning in January 2019, are part of an effort funded by the National Historical Publications & Records Commission! These collections are not available via our online catalog - all finding aids created 2019 to the present are only accessible via the New Collections page on the Library & Archives website. 
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 Library & Archives staff. Thank you for your patience as we work on a new and improved online catalog during 2020!

On Exhibit

Local Music U Want: Northeast Ohio Punk and New WaveThe Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Library & Archives celebrates its current 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.

In the Library & Archives reading room, visitors can view Local Music U Want: Northeast Ohio Punk and New Wave, which 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, New Salem Witch Hunters, Death of Samantha, the Waitresses, Pere Ubu, the Styrenes, Pagans, Tin Huey, and 15 60 75 (The Numbers Band). Donors featured include longtime musicians and Rock Hall donors Chris Butler and Marky Ray and photographer Dave Treat.

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