Monmouth University to house Springsteen’s personal archive

DANNY CLINCH

BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN

It is beingannounced, atthe “Conversation With Bruce Springsteen” event at Monmouth University tonight, that the West Long Branch institution will become the “official archival repository for Springsteen’s written works, photographs, periodicals, and artifacts,” according to a press release.

In other words, the university will be in charge, for many generations to come, of preserving Springsteen’s personal writings and other memorabilia, and making them available to the general public.

The Bruce Springsteen Archives and Center for American Music represents a “broadening,” the release said, of the relationship between Springsteen and the university, which has housed books, articles and memorabilia in its Bruce Springsteen Special Collection since 2011.

The new center “will preserve and promote the legacy of Bruce Springsteen and his role in American music, while honoring and celebrating icons of American music like Woody Guthrie, Robert Johnson, Hank Williams, Frank Sinatra, and others,” said the press release.

Here is the text of the release:

WEST LONG BRANCH, N.J. (Jan. 10, 2017) – Monmouth University today announced a new collaborative partnership to establish The Bruce Springsteen Archives and Center for American Music. Through the collaboration, Monmouth University becomes the official archival repository for Springsteen’s written works, photographs, periodicals, and artifacts. The announcement was made during “A Conversation with Bruce Springsteen,” held this evening at the University’s Pollak Theatre.

The new collaboration broadens an existing relationship between Springsteen and Monmouth University, which has served as the home of the Bruce Springsteen Special Collection since 2011. The Bruce Springsteen Archives and Center for American Music will preserve and promote the legacy of Bruce Springsteen and his role in American music, while honoring and celebrating icons of American music like Woody Guthrie, Robert Johnson, Hank Williams, Frank Sinatra, and others. The expanded partnership will help to more deeply integrate the history and inspiration of American music into the curriculum and research experience at Monmouth. It will also serve to bolster an already highly successful music industry program at the university, one of only nine university affiliates of the GRAMMY Museum.

“Monmouth University is excited by the opportunity to grow our relationship with Bruce Springsteen,” said Monmouth University President Paul R. Brown. “Our partnership has been a natural one — just steps from Springsteen’s birthplace and the site where Born to Run was written, Monmouth University’s location brilliantly captures the essence of Springsteen’s music while providing the academic heft of one of only nine university affiliates of the GRAMMY Museum. The establishment of The Bruce Springsteen Archives and Center for American Music celebrates and reinforces the Jersey Shore’s legacy in the history of American music, while providing a truly transformative experience for our students.”

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