Special Collection updated October 9, 2012
NEW JERSEY GRANT HELPS EXPAND SPECIAL COLLECTION
Since its founding in 2001, the Collection has been focused primarily on the written history of New Jersey recording and performing artist Bruce Springsteen, providing public access to over 16,000 books, magazines, newspaper articles and other documents.
The Historical Commission grant enables the organization to purchase shelving and archival materials so the Collection, housed on the campus of Monmouth University in West Long Branch, NJ, can for the first time accept posters and recorded music in both audio and visual formats.
"These funds will allow us to achieve a long-term goal of accepting and preserving donations of posters, vinyl records, DVDs and videos, and compact discs," said Christopher Phillips, editor and publisher of Backstreets and president of The Friends non-profit organization. "Each of these categories tell a vital part of the Springsteen story, and their addition will add enormously to the research value of the Collection."
The grant, he said, is the third by the Historical Commission to the Collection in recent years. Previous grants paid for a large scale microfilming project and the purchase of archival materials for books and magazines.
Thanks to donations from fans around the world, Phillips added, the Collection already has a large number of recordings, DVDs, videos, and posters and is expecting significantly more, now that these items can be preserved in state-of-the-art archival materials. Virtually all items in the Collection have been donated by Springsteen fans living in 46 countries.
Starting immediately, items in the expanded Collection will be available for use by appointment, Monday to Friday.
For further details on donating items to any of the four new categories, please write The Friends at email@example.com.
For details on the Collection, please visit brucespringsteenspecialcollection.net.
ADDING WRECKING BALL TO THE SPRINGSTEEN SPECIAL COLLECTION
If you'd like to help document Wrecking Ball, read on.
1. Album and concert reviews: As of today, the Collection holds documents published in 44 countries. We wouldn't be at all surprised to see Wrecking Ball reviewed in that many countries or more. For the Collection, we're asking fans to send newspaper articles, magazines, fanzines, and online reviews, be they good, bad or otherwise. To be of the greatest value to researchers and historians, the items entered into the Collection need to be:
2. Ticket stubs: This is one of our newest collections. We know it is hard to part with mementos such as stubs, but if you happen upon extras after a show, grab 'em.
3. Visit the collection website at brucespringsteenspecialcollection.net. There you'll see listings of the materials accepted earlier into the Collection, which can be a guide for Wrecking Ball. The site is organized by category, such as MAGAZINES, NEWSPAPERS, ACADEMIC JOURNALS & PAPERS, and FANZINES. Other categories are fairly broad. You'll find the ticket stubs, for instance, in the HISTORIC MEMORABILIA section. (If you have stubs from earlier tours you'd like to add to the Collection, we promise to give them an excellent home!)
4. Keep in touch: It helps us a great deal to know which publications you have for the Collection. Before sending any material, write us at firstname.lastname@example.org so we know what you've found. We'll try to answer any questions; feel free to ask.
Bob Crane, the executive director for The Friends of the Bruce Springsteen Special Collection, does the archival work for the Collection at the following address, before moving new items to their permanent home on the campus of Monmouth University in West Long Branch, NJ. Items that you find for the Collection should be sent to:
Friends of the Springsteen Special Collection
SPRINGSTEEN SPECIAL COLLECTION TRANSFERRED TO MONMOUTH UNIVERSITY
Celebrating its tenth anniversary this year, the Collection has expanded from original donations of 1,000 books, magazines and fanzines in 2001 to over 14,800 documents today, thanks to donations by fans around the world. Cared for by the Friends of the Bruce Springsteen Special Collection and the library staff, the expanding Collection rapidly exceeded the library's storage capacity, precipitating the move.
The Collection grew out of a survey in 2001 by Backstreets showing that magazine and newspaper articles on Springsteen's early career were becoming increasingly scarce.
"The partnership between Monmouth University and the fan community offers a great opportunity to ensure the preservation of Springsteen-related history at one place," said Christopher Phillips, editor and publisher of Backstreets and president of The Friends of the Bruce Springsteen Special Collection. "At the University, the Collection will be publicly accessible to all who have a serious interest in Bruce Springsteen's life and career."
Relocation of the Collection to Monmouth University culminates a four-year search for a site in New Jersey that combines the right of public access with proper environmental controls, security, and an opportunity to expand.
University President Paul G. Gaffney II said the University "is the perfect location for this outstanding Collection. Students and faculty from Monmouth University, especially our music industry students, will benefit greatly from having access to these documents. I hope it will also serve as a valuable resource for members of the academic community from around the world."
The move to the University keeps the Collection in a Jersey Shore community with a deep connection to Springsteen history. Springsteen played at least 24 concerts in Long Branch communities between 1968 and 1974, with many others a stone's throw away. Long Branch, and its contiguous neighbor West Long Branch, hosted most of Springsteen's early bands, including The Castiles, Earth, Child, Steel Mill, and The Bruce Springsteen Band, at venues ranging from sandy beaches to gymnasiums. The newly formed E Street Band made an early appearance at Monmouth College on Feb. 16, 1973 for a "Save The Trees" concert featuring $1 ticket prices for anyone who brought paper recyclables.
Robert Santelli, a Monmouth alumnus, author, and executive director of the GRAMMY Museum in Los Angeles, helped facilitate the transfer to the University. "The Collection," he said, "not only offers Springsteen fans the chance to explore various aspects of his career, but students, scholars, and journalists will also benefit from the access that Monmouth University will now provide. The additional space at Monmouth allows for the Collection to grow and in the future include recordings, oral histories, film footage, and other documents."
Starting November 1, the Collection will be available for use by appointment, Monday to Friday.
Please see the Collection website at http://www.brucespringsteenspecialcollection.net for further details.
ONLINE, A NEW HOME FOR THE SPECIAL COLLECTION
GREETINGS FROM THE FRIENDS OF THE SPRINGSTEEN SPECIAL COLLECTION
HELP PRESERVE THE HISTORY OF BRUCE AND HIS BANDS --
When you join the Friends, you support the preservation and growth of a treasure house of information the largest collection of books and magazines anywhere covering Bruce Springsteen and his bands. You'll be in a partnership with fellow Springsteen fans to enhance the size and quality of the Collection, maintain high archival standards, and ensure that the Collection is publicly accessible for the use of scholars, critics, researchers, biographers, journalists and fans.
Now through September 30, 2008, everyone who joins the Friends as a Charter member will be automatically entered into a drawing to be held on October 1, 2008.
(1) GRAND PRIZE:
This magnificent coffee table book contains more than 100 stunning black and white photos by Born to Run cover photographer Eric Meola. Only 1350 copies of this special numbered edition book are in existence. In addition to the boldly autographed dust jacket, this limited edition includes:
The Friends organization is deeply grateful to Bruce, Clarence, and Eric Meola for providing this rare and valuable item.
(6) SECOND PRIZES:
For more information or to join the Friends, please visit us at www.friendsofthespringsteencollection.org/membership.htm
DARKNESS: "A MAP OF THE FUTURE"
Released two-and-a-half years after Born to Run salvaged his career, Darkness gave Springsteen both his adult voice and his political voice. In "A Map of the Future: Darkness on the Edge of Town at 30," critic and two-time Pulitizer Prize finalist Joyce Millman explores the many facets of the album, including Springsteen's "affirmations of democratic ideals," which are, she says, as "relevant today as commentaries on the darkness of cynicism and the dragons of endless war" as they were 30 years ago. Read Millman’s essay, written for the Bruce Springsteen Special Collection.
SPRINGSTEEN SPECIAL COLLECTION EXPANDS
Working with an international group of fans, managers of the Collection have compiled a starter list of donated articles on an unpublished page which you can review here. If you have album and concert reviews, interviews, personality profiles, and editorials along with other commentaries from newspapers sitting around in boxes or scrapbooks, and can share, please send a description of your materials to email@example.com.
And while you're at it, check out the group which manages the Collection at www.friendsofthespringsteencollection.org.
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