Archival Collection Features!


1972 Booth Photos

1972 Booth Photos

 Fantastic donation of NAMM Show booth photos from 1972 courtesy of Brian Kehew.


Past Presidents

Past Presidents

A gallery of the men who served in the position of NAMM President from NAMM’s creation in 1901 to the present. Note:The title of the position of President was changed to Chairman in 1993.
Bill Gard Interview

Bill Gard Interview

WMAX-TV Host Jim Hutton with NAMM Vice-President, Bill Gard.


About the Library & Resource Center

Established in 1946 when NAMM was only 45 years old, the NAMM Resource Center provides its Members, the media, academic researchers and the general public with access to historical data about this great industry.

Drawing on more than a century of NAMM research, records and archives, the Resource Center has access to everything from statistical records on retail music products sales to videotaped interviews with more than 1,000 of the people who have shaped this industry's history. The broader scope of the collections is the history of the music products industry. Within that broader scope, materials are categorized into five main subject categories: NAMM History, Manufacturer History, Retail History, Music History (especially as it pertains to instrument and product innovations) and Legacy Collections.

We hope you find what you're looking for right here, but if you have any questions, please contact us at 760.438.8001 or via e-mail at library@namm.org.


Publications

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NAMM Global Report

The 2014 publication created by NAMM captures a snapshot of music industry sales figures for 21 different countries.
 
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PLAYback Magazine

Previous issues of PLAYback can be viewed in the ARCHIVES section of nxtbook. PLAYback is NAMM's quarterly publication providing Members...

Elvin Bishop

Elvin Bishop was inspired to play the guitar because as an early teen he noticed that the girls at...

Nancy Felixson

Nancy Felixson remembers attending concerts at McCabe's Guitar Shop in Santa Monica in the...

Bill Hollingshead

Bill Hollingshead enjoyed a long and successful career as a concert and live events booking agent...

Ralph Johnson

Ralph Johnson joined Earth, Wind and Fire in 1972. That was an important year for the band as...

John McCarthy

John McCarthy has been running a music studio and teaching guitar lessons since the 1990s....

Dolores Yeager

Dolores Yeager is the owner of the Professional Drum Shop in Hollywood, California, which her late...

Oral History Video Clip Tutorial

Click on this image to view a brief tutorial on how to easily navigate NAMM Oral History Video Clips....

Remembering oral history interviewees who passed away since the January NAMM Show 2014.

Stanley Jay

Stanley Jay always admired rare and special fretted musical instrument, so it came as no surprise...

Vernon Drane

Vernon Drane played several musical instruments growing up in Tennessee including the trumpet and...

Paul Craft

Paul Craft always felt a pull towards music but was not just sure how it would take hold in his...

Vince Grantano

Vince Grantano has been a fixture among traveling piano representatives. He has traveled the entire...

George Roberts

George Roberts is known in the jazz world for his recording of “Stella By Starlight” with the...

Yoshi Kobayashi

Yoshi Kobayashi began working for Yamaha Corporation of America in 1958.  In the early...

Gerald Wilson

Gerald Wilson was among the great arrangers of jazz, beginning back in the swing era when he worked...

Sheila E. Talks Childhood Memories and Music Education

Sheila E. grew up in a very active musical home...

Catching Up With Industry Friends in Nashville

Summer NAMM in Nashville was once again a fantastic opportunity to capture interviews with industry leaders and...

A History Lesson From Hal Leonard Employees

There is a remarkable team of dedicated employees at the Hal Leonard headquarters in Milwaukee, Wisconsin....

The Key Traits for Success

During this year's RPMDA annual meeting, a presentation was given to highlight several interviews from the Oral...

Making Connections to Grow the Oral History Collection

An area within the Oral History collection that seems to be compelling to many is our efforts to document the...

A Walk Down Memory Lane: NAMM Show Booth Photos From 1972

A fantastic donation of NAMM Show booth photos from 1972 were recently added to the NAMM Resource Center collection...

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