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...

Richard Blackford

Richard Blackford is the noted classical composer who studied at the Royal College of Music in...

Lori Frazer

Lori Frazer’s mother taught piano and organ, which was the foundation for her own passion for...

Anthony Macari

Anthony Macari is the Managing Director of the music shop in London, England named by his father....

Clive Roberts

Clive Roberts has wonderful memories of his parent’s passion for music.  His mother...

Lee Rocker

Lee Rocker formed a punk rock style group that just happened to play rockabilly.  The Stray...

Paula Simmons

Paula Simmons wanted to create a shop where good quality instruments could be accessible to all...

NAMM In Memoriam Industry Tribute 2012

This video is of our annual NAMM Tribute, created in honor of our members and music industry friends who...

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

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....

Charles Watkins

Charles Watkins invented the Watkins Copicat, an echo unit introduced 1958. Mr. Watkins was...

Al Rinaldi

Al Rinaldi was the first person ever to receive the Steinway Lifetime Achievement Award,...

Patrick Stansfield

Patrick Stansfield is the legendary stage manager who, along with Bill Graham of FM Productions, launched the...

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...

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...

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...

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