West Long Branch — Monmouth University announced on Monday that it will be the new home for the Bruce Springsteen Special Collection, formerly housed at the Asbury Park Public Library, effective November 1.
The Collection, the most extensive of its kind, is comprised of books, concert programs, magazine and newspaper articles and various other printed ephemera dedicated to the careers of Jersey Shore rock legend Bruce Springsteen and members of his bands.
“Monmouth University is the perfect location for this outstanding Collection,” stated President Paul G. Gaffney II. “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.”
In all, the Collection contains nearly 14,900 documents from 44 countries, reflecting the enduring international interest in Springsteen’s music and career.
For years the Asbury Park Public Library cared for the collection, but as it grew, the collection exceeded the library’s storage capacity.
“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 Springsteen 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 the Collection.
“We are very happy to see this important Collection housed at this campus facility so it can accessible to anyone interested in it. The Asbury Park Library was honored to be its temporary custodian for the past several years,” said Frank D’Alessandro, president of the Library Board of Trustees.
“The Collection 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,” said Robert Santelli, executive director of the GRAMMY Museum in Los Angeles and Monmouth alumnus who helped secure the collection for the University.
“The additional space at Monmouth allows for the Collection to grow and in the future include recordings, oral histories, film footage, and other documents.”
The Bruce Springsteen Special Collection will be available to view by appointment only, Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. To make an appointment, call Eileen Chapman at 732 571-3512.