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...

Marty Baxter

Marty Baxter entertained the troops during World War II as a member of a singing quartet. ...

Adrian Belew

Adrian Belew had the NAMM attendees on their feet when he joined the All Star Guitar Night in...

Jackie Bertone

Jackie Bertone knows firsthand about the power of music.  As a percussionist for countless...

Terence Blanchard

Terence Blanchard remembers with pride the special way Lionel Hampton coached and encouraged him....

Bill Causey

Bill Causey has a long history of music in his family.  His father was a band director and...

Frank DeVille

Frank DeVille grew up in New Jersey and recalls the many musical instrument stores he visited as a...

Lita Ford

Lita Ford asked her father to use his old reel to reel tape machine as an amp for her newly...

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

Mac Johnson

Mac Johnson, as she is known throughout the music industry, was the devoted wife of Mississippi Music founder Jimmy Johnson. She was also the mother of their sons, Bix and Dex,...

Miriam Bienstock

Miriam Bienstock was one of three founders of Atlantic Records, which set the stage for over 60 years of recordings of primary black artists. In the early years this was one of...

Andy Fraser

Andy Fraser took part in the second wave of the British Invasion in the late 1960s as a member of Free.  He joined the group as a teenager and in fact was instrumental in the...

Lennie DiMuzio

Lennie Di Muzio was told for years that he ought to write a book about his career and his many stories, so he did! Lennie was the artist relations director for Zildjian Cymbal...

Layton Rawlins

Layton V. Rawlins was the founder of Rawlins Piano Company in Southern California and a veteran of the piano industry. Layton witnessed many of the biggest changes within the...

Spider Wilson

Spider Wilson began recording with Little Jimmy Dickens in 1947 and over the years has backed nearly every performer at the Grand Ole Opry as a house band guitar from the late...

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...

Industry Segment Spotlight: Piano Retailers

In 2015, each month we will feature a different segment of our industry represented in the Oral History Program. This month we focus on the ever-innovative...

Industry Segment Spotlight: Full-Line Music Stores

In 2015, each month we will feature a different segment of our industry represented in the Oral History Program. Our industry has a rich history of legendary...

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...

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