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Other Resources for Urbana-Champaign Music Research

Champaign County Historical Archives
at the Urbana Free Library

Holdings include many resources useful to researchers of the Urbana-Champaign music community, including sound recordings, newspaper clippings, regional publications, oral histories, and personal papers, many of them indexed by subject in their online database.  Of particular interest are well-indexed collections of the Champaign-Urbana News-Gazette and the Psychedelic Boneyard, searchable by music genre and artist name.

Jazz Threads website

A joint project of 40 North and the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, Jazz Threads assembled documentation of the local jazz scene during 2002-2004, including material on artists and ensembles past and present.  The website provides perpetual access to this content, through oral history interviews, photographs, and an extensive list of local music venues.

Nature’s Table website

A site maintained by, documenting the Nature’s Table restaurant and music venue located in Urbana, Illinois from 1979-1991.  The site includes a menu, recipes, stories and interviews, and an extensive chronology of performances at the restaurant.  Sound recordings of some performances are available at

Josh Gottheil Collection, 1974-2009
at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Library and Archives

A collection of correspondence, ephemera, sound recordings, publications, and other materials documenting the life, career, and legacy of Josh Gottheil as a drummer and promoter in Urbana-Champaign.

Documentation Programs in Other Scenes

University of North Carolina Southern Folklife Collection

Collections related to Merge Records and other significant aspects of the Chapel Hill, North Carolina alternative rock community.

Detroit Sound Conservancy

A group dedicated to the documentation and preservation of the musical heritage of Detroit, Michigan.

Louisville Underground Music Archive (LUMA)

Documentation of the history and culture of the Louisville, Kentucky rock music scene from the 1970s to the present.

NOLA HipHop Archive at Tulane University

Collection of video interviews with pioneering rap and bounce artists from New Orleans, Louisiana.

North Carolina Music Flier Archive (1978-2014)

A growing collection of digitized punk show flyers from all over North Carolina, arranged by city and venue.

 Northeast Ohio Popular Music Archives (NEOPMA)
at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Library and Archives

Collections relating to local and regional popular music in and around Cleveland, Ohio.

Golden Voice Recording Co., Peoria, Illinois

An online resource devoted to the impressive history of one of the first significant recording studios in central Illinois, featuring in-depth articles, photographs, and sound recordings.  Curated by Golden Voice co-owner Mary Ann Milam.

DC Punk Archive
at the District of Columbia Public Library

Collecting, preserving, sharing, and engaging the public with materials documenting the punk rock community in Washington, DC.

Public Library Programs in Other Scenes

Volume at Denver Public Library

This service allows Denver Public Library card holders to download and stream music from the library’s collection of Colorado bands and musicians.

Iowa City Public Library Local Music Project

The Iowa City Public Library licenses music from musicians in Johnson County, Iowa, and makes it available for their patrons to download.

Yahara Music Library at Madison Public Library

Streaming and download service for library cardholders featuring music from Madison, Wisconsin.  Artist and album pages feature reviews, biographies, and information about upcoming shows, links to the musicians’ websites, social media, and online stores.  Technical elements of the Yahara Music Library have been released under an open source license.

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