Songbook Archives & Library

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The Great American Songbook Archives & Library exists to preserve the physical artifacts of the Songbook so that current and future generations can experience them. It is the only facility dedicated to preserving the Great American Songbook.

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The Archives & Library is free and open to the public. All materials are non-circulating and may be used only within the Archives & Library facility. Researchers must complete a Research Information Sheet and present a valid photo ID.  All archival and library collections are stored in non-public storage areas, and many of them can be made available in the Archives Reading Room. Researchers wishing to view our archival materials must schedule an appointment prior to visiting.

Access to the Songbook Archives & Library is available by appointment from 1pm to 5pm, Monday through Friday. To arrange your visit, contact Lisa Lobdell at llobdell@TheSongbook.org or 317-844-9457.


Most of the items in our collections are unique and irreplaceable.  We ask that you follow these simple rules to help protect them for future generations of researchers.

* Sign a Research Information Sheet

* Follow all Archives Reading Room policies

The following items are permitted in the Archives Reading Room:
Sweaters, sweatshirts (indoor wear), religious head coverings, small silk or other indoor scarves, pocket-size wallets; laptops; research notes on loose leaf paper, or on paper or notecards supplied by staff; research-related publications from our library collection; pencils and mechanical pencils.

The following items are prohibited in the Archives Reading Room:
Food, drink (including water), gum; hats, caps, scarves (outerwear); purses, handbags, fanny packs, briefcases, suitcases, equipment bags, backpacks; boxes or containers of any kind; cell phones, scanners, cameras, camcorders, tripods; envelopes, notebooks, notepads, binders, folders, pens, markers, Post-It notes (unless stapled to your note pages).

Prohibited items must be stored in cubicles in the Foundation's office during your visit.  We reserve the right to ask you to store additional items in order to safeguard collection materials.

We thank you for your cooperation and understanding, and we look forward to your visit!