The Rodgers and Hammerstein Archives of Recorded Sound of The New York Public Library is one of the richest resources of recorded sound in the world. The Archives' extraordinary holdings cover virtually every aspect of recorded sound—from Mozart to Maria Callas to Motown, from symphonic works to presidential speeches, from radio dramas to television specials. Learn more about this division.
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About the Division
Visiting the Collection
Can researchers walk in to access the collection?
Yes. Researchers do not need an appointment to access the Music and Recorded Sound Research Collections.
Are research appointments required to access the collections onsite?
No. Appointments are not necessary to access our collections, but they are recommended if you want to work with archival materials to ensure that a seat is available for you. Walk in access is possible in most cases.
Access to audio/visual materials on the third floor and the circulating collection of books, scores, CDs, and DVDs on the first and second floor do not require appointments.
Are virtual consultations available and are they required before making an onsite research appointment?
No. Virtual Consultations are not required. However, if you would like some help in figuring out exactly what we have that will help you in your work, or if your are confused by messages in the library catalog, we are available virtually or at our in-person reference desk.
What else do researchers need to know about accessing the collection?
Patrons must first create a Special Collections account to access the special collections materials at the Library for the Performing Arts.
Create a Special Collections Account
Who can researchers contact with further questions?
Email us at email@example.com with any additional queries.
Interact with digitized items from the Archives of Recorded Sound.
AMI Preservation and Access Initiative
Learn more about this major initiative here.