Library

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...

Baxter, Marty

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

Jackie Bertone

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

Gold, David

David Gold created a special formula that became the key factor in the echo chamber of his...

Wally Pikal

Wally Pikal may be one of the only music retailers who played on the Johnny Carson Show! ...

Seaver, Larry

Larry Seaver has spent decades designing, engineering and producing parts, instruments and tools...

Wajcman, EZ

EZ Wajcman was fascinated by the need for specialized sounding guitar pickups.  Together with...

NAMM Show 2015- 50 Year Milestone Awards

 NAMM proudly recognizes member companies founded in 1965, who are celebrating 50 years in business this year,...

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

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...

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...

Dee Hoyt

Dee Hoyt played professionally since he was a teenager including in local clubs and played for the National Guard as well as for dances.  His band, the Tornados, recorded and...

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...

Industry Segment Spotlight: Full-Line Music Stores

Our industry has a rich history of legendary full-line music stores that have served their local communities in big cities and...

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...

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