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...

Akio Hiyoshi

Akio Hiyoshi was on the engineering team at Yamaha in 1959 that designed the Electone Organ, which...

Quincy Jones

Quincy Jones!  Quincy Jones.  How can you write a few sentences to describe Quincy Jones...

Mitsuo Kasahara

Mitsuo Kasahara served as the first president of Yamaha Corporation of America after setting up the...

Hirokazu Kato

Hirokazu Kato took part in the innovative engineering team at Yamaha in Japan who utilized FM...

Sanjiro Kawamorita

Sanjiro Kawamorita was drafted into the Japanese Army during World War II. He served under S Kawai...

Ken Oda

Ken Oda was hired by Yamaha in 1967 to run their retail store in San Francisco, California.  ...

Ryoichi Sasaki

Ryoichi Sasaki was hired by Yamaha in 1967 working in the method book division.  In 1978, he...

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

William Kent

William Kent, along with his late brother Ed, formed the Kent Drum Company in 1947 with a focus to...

Vern Schafer

Vern Schafer joined the family business of moving pianos as a teenager, but had the dream of running his own...

Jerry Grote

Jerry Grote grew up in Minnesota and began playing guitar after seeing the Beatles on the Ed...

Eleanor Anderson

 Eleanor Anderson and her son Kurt Anderson are co-managers of Woodbury...

Frank Green

Frank Green opened his first music retail store in Southern California in 1959 and called it Music For...

Jerry Freed

Jerry Freed began working in the music industry along with Tommy Moore. Together they promoted percussive...

Larry Moody

Larry Moody began his career in the music industry as a retailer working for Ziggy Coyle in Ohio....

Talking With the Legendary Quincy Jones

Just after the NAMM Oral History program began, a list of the most suggested people to be interviewed was compiled....

100 Years Old and Still Inspiring the Industry!

How about a little inspiration for those who feel kind of "old" when waking up some mornings?...

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...

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