Earlier in the year, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame & Museum‘s Library and Archives opened its doors.
But the Cleveland establishment will hold its grand opening dedication on April 9, during the week of the 2012 Induction Ceremony.
The collection, housed in a four-story, $12 million building, includes Jim Morrison‘s first poem; video footage from an early 80s Rolling Stones tour; personal letters from Madonna and Aretha Franklin, and memorabilia related to Alan Freed, the DJ credited with coining the phrase rock ‘n’ roll.
There are approximately 82 items at this time on the Rocket Man, Laura Moody, Public Services Librarian, has informed EJW. These include books, posters and recordings.
Andy Leach, director of the Library and Archives, believes the Rock Hall has done a great job of telling the story of rock ‘n’ roll. He says he sees the library as bringing the museum more recognition and showing “it to be a serious place of research.”
The Library and Archives are open to all, and there is no admission fee. Library cards are available, and they are also free.
As for the Library Reading Room, no prior appointment is necessary, but those wishing to access archival materials should make an advance inquiry and appointment.