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...

George Benson

George Benson recalls befriending Bob Cavanagh at the EU Wurlitzer Music store in Boston long...

Suzanne Ciani

Suzanne Ciani played a key role in the early awareness and usage of electronic musical instruments...

Sergey Kupriyanov

Sergey Kupriyanov is the president of a retail and wholesale company in Russia.  In fact,...

Greg Mackie

Greg Mackie is the engineer who created a number of audio products that came at the perfect time to...

Steve Morse

Steve Morse has been a regular attendee at the NAMM Shows for several decades thanks to the Ernie...

Dave Pensado

Dave Pensado cares very much about the history of his craft and sharing it!  Dave is the award...

John Roderick

John Roderick studied percussion at the Hart School of Music, which provided to be a great benefit...

Remembering oral history interviewees who passed away since the January NAMM Show 2015.

Bill Tregoe

Bill Tregoe drove over 1,300,000 miles over the 35 years that he was a sales rep for CG Conn and later King Musical Instruments. Along the way he made life long friends with many of the...

Clark Terry

Clark Terry enjoyed a long and celebrated career as a trumpeter playing with nearly ever iconic jazz musician of the twentieth century. His tone and style of playing was an influence on...

Robert See

Bob See was the founder of See Factor, one of the pioneering and innovative pro-lighting and pro-sound services in the world. Bob’s influential career began when Bill Graham opened up a...

Fritz Kollitz

Fritz Kollitz was an expert on woods used for musical instruments and gained an international reputation for his knowledge and service to violin and guitar luthiers alike. As the founder of...

Fred Morgan

Fred Morgan was one of the few GI’s, returning home from World War II, who were accepted to the Conn School of Musical Instrument Repair the first year it started. The year was...

Bob Cavanagh

Bob Cavanagh was once the president of the famed Boston music retailer EU Wurlitzer (not to be confused with the R. Wurlitzer Piano Company, the Wurlitzer String Company or the...

Hy Babit

Hy Babit can be viewed on the 1966 TV tour of the NAMM Show in Chicago, which highlighted several key exhibitors to the show that year.  Hy provided a review of the art of piano...

Industry Segment Spotlight: Studio Engineers

In 2015, each month we will feature a different segment of our industry represented in the Oral History Program. With the NAMM TEC Awards last month during The NAMM Show, the contributions of...

Industry Segment Spotlight: Band Instrument Repair Technicians

In 2015, each month we will feature a different segment of our industry represented in the Oral History Program. Band instrument repair technicians are the featured segment for January! Relying on...

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. Last month, one more of those original 25 people was captured: Quincy Jones!...

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? Leo Beranek (interview class of...

Engineering a Legendary Career: Lenise Bent on Her Life in the Industry

Lenise Bent is a true pioneer in the music industry, and we are so proud to have recently interviewed her and included some of...

Sheila E. Talks Childhood Memories and Music Education

Sheila E. grew up in a very active musical home and was exposed to all types of instruments from an early age. Her percussionist father encouraged her to take up the violin even though he assumed...

Catching Up With Industry Friends in Nashville

Summer NAMM in Nashville was once again a fantastic opportunity to capture interviews with industry leaders and veterans. This year, we were able to document the stories of retailers,...

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