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 articles and oral histories to concert memorabilia, 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.

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, Billie Holiday, Patti Smith, Frank Sinatra, Gaslight Anthem, and others.

Why Monmouth?

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 Directors

Patrick F. Leahy, Chair
President, Monmouth University

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

Barry Rosenstein, Treasurer
JANA Partners LLC

Henry D. Mercer III, Assistant Treasurer
Trustee Emeritus, Monmouth University

Grey J. Dimenna
President Emeritus, Monmouth University

Don Friedman
Grubman, Shire, Meiselas & Sacks, PC

Leslie N. Hitchner
Vice Chair, Board of Trustees, Monmouth University

Marilyn Laverty
Shore Fire Media

Lisa McKean
Trustee, Monmouth University

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

Jeana M. Piscatelli
Chair, Board of Trustees, Monmouth University

Michael A. Plodwick
Trustee, Monmouth University

Brian Samelson

Ann Unterberg
Former Trustee, Monmouth University

Charlene Diana
Secretary to the Board
Acting General Counsel, Monmouth University

Executive Leadership

Eileen Chapman

Bob Santelli
Executive Director

Syd Whalley
Administrative Manager