New Jersey college to host Bruce Springsteen's archives

New Jersey university to host Bruce Springsteen's archives

WEST LONG BRANCH, N.J. (AP) — Bruce Springsteen and New Jersey's Monmouth University say the school will curate works from his decades-long career.

The Bruce Springsteen Archives and Center for American Music at the West Long Branch school will feature the Garden State-born rocker's personal collection of written works, artifacts, photographs and other memorabilia from his career.

The university has been the home of the Bruce Springsteen Special Collection since 2011. The new archive will promote and preserve the legacy of Springsteen as well as other music icons, including Frank Sinatra and Woody Guthrie.

"Monmouth University is excited by the opportunity to grow our relationship with Bruce Springsteen," said university President Paul Brown.

The announcement came during a Tuesday night event at the university's Pollak Theatre in which Springsteen, 67, chronicled his life story as part of an "intimate conversation" moderated by Grammy Museum Executive Director Bob Santelli.

Among the topics Springsteen touched on during his talk were his youth as a bar band singer on the Jersey shore, writing his classic album "Born To Run" and the importance of political activism in music moving forward, NJ.com reported.

"I tend to believe music is important to activism in the sense that it stirs passion, it stirs interest, it stirs curiosity, it moves you to question your own beliefs, it strikes straight to your emotions. And it stirs you up inside," Springsteen said.

© The Associated Press FILE - In this Nov. 10, 2015 file photo, Bruce Springsteen performs at the 9th Annual Stand Up For Heroes event in New York. Springsteen spoke at at New Jersey’s Monmouth University on Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2017.

Bruce Springsteen’s Archive Is Headed to Monmouth University

There really could be only one appropriate home for Bruce Springsteen’s archives: the Jersey Shore.

And indeed that is where they will go, through a partnership announced Tuesday with Monmouth University in West Long Branch, N.J. As part of the partnership, the university will establish the Bruce Springsteen Archives and Center for American Music, which will be the repository for Mr. Springsteen’s personal collection of written works, photographs, periodicals and various artifacts from throughout his career.

The university — just miles from Asbury Park, one of the towns where Mr. Springsteen started his musical career — said in a statement that the new center would promote the legacy of Mr. Springsteen and other giants of American music, like Woody Guthrie and Robert Johnson. Its materials would also bolster curriculums at the university, including at its music business program.

“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,” Paul R. Brown, the university’s president, said in a statement.

The university offered few other details about the collection or its plans for the new center, including any financial information about the partnership. But Mr. Springsteen’s materials will join what is already a major trove of memorabilia at Monmouth, the Bruce Springsteen Special Collection. That collection includes nearly 35,000 items — compiled in part by fans — which has been housed at Monmouth since 2011.

One of the figures involved in bringing the archives to Monmouth University was Robert Santelli, the executive director of the Grammy Museum in Los Angeles, who is expected to take on a leadership role at the new center. Mr. Santelli, a Monmouth alumnus, also helped secure the special collection for the university in 2011.

The arrangement with Monmouth comes as rock-related archives have become increasingly valuable to museums, universities and other cultural institutions, which use them for scholarly study and sometimes as tourist attractions. Last year, Bob Dylan’s archives were acquired by the George Kaiser Family Foundation for a group of institutions in Oklahoma, including the University of Tulsa, for an estimated $15 million to $20 million.

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