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Behind the Scene of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Library and Archives

The Campus District on March 20, 2018 - 11:02 am in Learn

Behind the Scene of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Library and Archives

Did you know that the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has a Library and Archives located in Downtown Cleveland at Cuyahoga Community College, Metropolitan (Tri-C Metro) campus? Former Tri-C President Dr. Jerry Sure Thornton created different programs that considered students’ needs and interests, from a music studio, which tapped into the proximity of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, to courses aimed at new veterans. The Library and Archives have over 8,000 Books and Magazines, 8 tracks, records, cassettes, CDs, video tapes, and DVDs of different music and movies that artist haves produced.  The Rock Hall collections can be searched by using WorldCat online catalog, which allows you to locate resources both their library and libraries near you. You can also download obscure and classic Rock albums for free from the Library & Archives or download Northeast Ohio’s local music collection from NEO Sounds. Not everything is about the artists or bands that were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The Library and Archives collect everything from photographs and other memorabilia related to the Rock and Roll. It is not a lending library, items are only allowed to be taken to exhibits and museums for display. Visitors can use one full cart of items per visit. There is an audio and video station to enjoy items such as DVDs, LPs and 45 rpm records.

Check out the research guide on the new 2018 Inductees, as well as those nominated for the 2018 class! The 2018 Inductions will be held at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, OH. #RockHall2018

Currently on exhibit in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame is the Summer of Love Turns 50. It gives visitors the opportunity to explore the music and experience of the summer of 1967. In addition to the Museum’s exhibition, the Rock Hall’s Library & Archives 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 at the Library & Archives, while experiencing the 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

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 community experiences throughout the summer.

Random Facts:

  • The papers of Jane Scott, the legendary journalist who covered four decades of rock ‘n’ roll for The Plain Dealer are at the Library & Archives.
  • You are able to search for any band or artist.
  • Photos that were displayed at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame are storage at the Library & Archives.
  • Each year fellowships are given to about 7 scholars to come to Cleveland to do research at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Library and Archives. Go HERE for more information
  • A great deal of the collection comes from donations.

Time and Location:

The Library and Archives are open to visitors by appointment only. Please contact at least 24 hours in advance. Research and class visits are available by advance appointment, Monday through Thursday, 9 am to 5 pm, and Friday 10 am to 5 pm. Contact as far in advance as possible to schedule. Call 216-515-1956 or email

Location: 2809 Woodland Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44115 at Cuyahoga Community College, Metropolitan Campus. Tri-C Metro Campus is building a new Student Center that is expected to open Summer of 2018. You can view the construction happening on campus!

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