About The
Bruce Springsteen
Archives & Center for American Music

Photo collection at the archives

In addition to its archival mission The Bruce Springsteen Archives and Center for American Music creates traveling exhibits, educational conferences, public programs, teacher workshops, and scholastic field trips, all aimed at
exploring the American music tradition and providing for academic discourse in various fields of American music.

The Bruce Springsteen Archives is comprised of nearly 35,000 items from 47 countries ranging from books and concert memorabilia, to articles and promotional materials.
The collection serves the research and informational needs of music fans, scholars, authors and others with a serious interest in the life and career of Bruce Springsteen.

Bruce springsteen plays a Monmouth

The Bruce Springsteen Archives serves as the archival repository for Bruce Springsteen’s written works, photographs, periodicals, and artifacts. The Center also preserves and promotes the legacy of Bruce Springsteen and his role in American music, while creating exhibits, public programs and education initiatives that explore the works of American music giants like Woody Guthrie, Robert Johnson, Hank Williams, Billie Holiday, Janis Joplin, Frank Sinatra, and others.

Bob and Syd


Monmouth university after construction

Monmouth University, located in West Long Branch, NJ, has played an important role in Bruce Springsteen and Jersey Shore music history.  The university was the site of many early Springsteen concerts from 1969 to 1974.  The Bruce Springsteen Archives and Center for American Music is located a few blocks away from where, in 1974, Springsteen wrote his most famous song, Born to Run.

Monmouth University has hosted numerous Springsteen academic conferences over the years. In addition, Springsteen chose Monmouth to rehearse his Springsteen on Broadway show, and he has participated in numerous music-related public programs on campus.

Therefore, it’s not surprising that Springsteen selected Monmouth University to be the steward of his legacy, ensuring that his influence and importance in American music history endures for generations to come.

Board of Trustees

Patrick F. Leahy, Chair
President, Monmouth University

Jon Landau, Vice-Chair
Jon Landau Management, Inc.

Barry Rosenstein, Treasurer
JANA Partners LLC

Barbara Carr
Jon Landau Management, Inc.

Grey J. Dimenna
President Emeritus, Monmouth University

Don Friedman
Grubman, Shire, Meiselas & Sacks, PC

Marilyn Laverty
Shore Fire Media

Lisa McKean
Trustee, Monmouth University

Nwaka Onwusa
Chief Curator & Vice-President of Curatorial Affairs,
Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

Michael A. Plodwick
Trustee, Monmouth University

Robert B. Sculthorpe
Trustee Emeritus, Monmouth University

Richard Veit
Dean, School of Humanities and Social Sciences, Monmouth University

John Christopher
Secretary to the Board
General Counsel,
Monmouth University

Ann Unterberg
Former Trustee, Monmouth University

Henry D. Mercer III
Trustee Emeritu, Monmouth University


Eileen Chapman

Jonathan Meer
Senior Philanthropic Advisor

Syd Whalley
Administrative Manager