– Photo by Jo Lopez
The Bruce Springsteen Archives and Center for American Music at Monmouth University serves as the official archival repository for Bruce Springsteen’s written works, photographs, periodicals, and artifacts. The Center will preserve and promote the legacy of Bruce Springsteen and his role in American music, while honoring and celebrating icons of American music like Woody Guthrie, Robert Johnson, Hank Williams, Frank Sinatra, and others.
Since 2011, Monmouth University has served as home of the Bruce Springsteen Special Collection, which comprises nearly 35,000 items from 47 countries, ranging from books and concert memorabilia, to articles and promotional materials. The collection serves the research and informational needs of music fans, scholars, authors and others with a serious interest in the life and career of The Boss.
On January 10, 2017, a new partnership to create The Bruce Springsteen Archives and Center for American Music was announced. We envision a future that exponentially builds upon our ability to provide scholars, students, and fans from around the globe, public access to an expansive array of archives and programming. The Center will be the destination for stimulating academic discourse and discussion, and will provide entertainment, knowledge, and insight into the works of Bruce Springsteen and other legendary figures of American music.
"The truly essential works by biographers, critics, scholars, journalists and fans are together in one place. The Collection documents all phases of Springsteen's career and should be an indispensable tool for researchers and fans alike." - Christopher Phillips, Backstreets Editor
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The world's most comprehensive collection of materials on The Boss right on campus at beautiful Monmouth University.
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"The Collection has almost 1,000 books and magazines on myself and the band - more stuff than every place except my mother's basement!" - Bruce Springsteen
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Our unique collection includes:
Approximately 35,000 holdings dating from 1927 to the present.
Research access to the collection is by appointment only. To make one, call or email:
Born to Learn: Monmouth Class on Bruce Springsteen
Mar 3, 2020
New Monmouth Course Explores U.S. History Through the Lens of Bruce Springsteen
Feb 26, 2020
Bruce Springsteen Opening His Vault for Asbury Park Music and Film Fest
Jan 21, 2020
Eileen Chapman, Professor Ziobro Partner on ‘Springsteen: His Hometown’ Exhibit
Oct 4, 2019
Monmouth University Lends Artifacts, Expertise to ‘Springsteen: His Hometown’ Exhibit in Freehold
Jul 17, 2019