Since 2011, the Center for Popular Music Studies has provided research fellowships to bring scholars and historians, academics and journalists, to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s Library and Archives facility on the campus of Cuyahoga Community College. The fellowship defrays travel costs for visiting researchers. 


Call for Proposals: CPMS Research Fellowships to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Library & Archives

The Center for Popular Music Studies at Case Western Reserve University, working with the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, announces the availability of research fellowships to support use of the resources of the Rock Hall’s Library & Archives. 

Fellowships will be in the amount of $2,000 to support a one-week research trip.  Applicants should send the following as a single PDF file to by 2pm EST, 15 January 2018:

If you need assistance searching the online catalogs, please contact Successful proposals will be those that make clear why the Library & Archives’ holdings are essential to the work/research described.

The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame’s Library & Archives is the world’s most comprehensive repository of historical materials relating to rock and roll, its musical roots (e.g. blues, country, R&B, gospel) and related genres (e.g. soul, hip-hop). The library gives users access to thousands of non-circulating books, periodicals, and recordings. In the archives, researchers may work directly with hundreds of thousands of original photographs, posters, promotional materials, rare audio and video recordings, and personal and corporate papers. Over 480 collections focus on such luminaries as Alan Freed, Del Shannon, Curtis Mayfield, Otis Redding, Art Garfunkel, Clive Davis, and Scotty Moore, plus Atlantic Records, Sire Records, FAME Studios, Bloodshot Records, Kill Rock Stars, and other music-related companies. The Library & Archives is also home to NEO Sound, a local music collecting initiative which includes over 50 years of Cleveland rock critic Jane Scott’s working notes, as well as personal collections from local producers, photographers, promoters, and musicians.

The Library & Archives is a 22,500-square-foot facility located in the Gill & Tommy LiPuma Center for Creative Arts on the Metro Campus of Cuyahoga Community College, at 2809 Woodland Avenue in downtown Cleveland.  More information about the Library & Archives and its holdings can be found at:

Please email Daniel Goldmark at if you have any questions.


Past Fellowship Recipients

David Ake (Univeristy of Miami)

Tim Anderson (Old Dominion University)

Samantha Bennett (Australian National University)

Brian Bowe (Western Washington University)

Patrick Burke (Washington University, St. Louis)

Norma Coates (University of Western Ontario)

Mike Daley (York University)

Kevin Dettmar (Pomona College)

Guillaume Dupetit (Sandberg Institute, Amsterdam)

Walter Everett (University of Michigan)

Michael Gallope (University of Minnesota)

Holly Gleason

Sara Gulgas (University of Pittsburgh)

John Howland (Norwegian University of Science and Technology; Lund University)

Charles Hughes

Andrew Kellett (Harford Community College)

Brett Lashua (Leeds Beckett University)

Clara Latham (Dartmouth College)

Mark Lewisohn

Vincent Meserko (California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo)

Farley Miller (McGill University)

Eugene Montague (George Washington University)

Landon Palmer (Indiana University)

Judith Peraino (Cornell University)

Evan Rapport (The New School)

Chris Reali

Katherine Reed (Utah Valley University)

Thomas Robinson (University of Alabama)

Nick Rubin (University of Virginia)

Travis Stimeling (West Virginia University)

Steve Waksman (Smith College) 

Kevin Whitman (University of Oregon)