Club Flyer.
Club Flyer from Cornell's Techno music poster collection.

The Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections is home to growing collecting initiatives documenting contemporary musical genres and sub-cultures.

Resources include the Cornell hip hop collection, a significant archive documenting the emergence of hip hop culture in the Bronx in the 1970s and early 1980s, and an archive of more than 3,500 posters, flyers, zines, and other ephemera tracing the history of house, techno, electronic music, and rave and related club cultures in Europe and America.

The Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections is actively expanding its collections in these areas.

Current collecting programs in contemporary music are supplemented by collections of traditional materials on the history of music, including: Medieval music manuscripts graduals, antiphonals, psalters and hymnals dating from the 14th to the 19th centuries; sheet music, song books, and musical broadsides from the 18th century onwards; a collection of musical autographs by famous composers; popular songs and ballads associated with the anti-slavery, suffrage, temperance, and other reform movements; documentation on the history of the musical theater; the records of musical and other performing groups at Cornell; and the papers of local radio stations.

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