Archival collection Rolling Stone Collection

Collection Number:
Bulk, 1974-1989; Inclusive, 1965-1991
250.0 Linear feetĀ 

[Identification of Item], Rolling Stone Records, Library and Archives, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum.

New York-based magazine devoted to music, politics, and popular coverage. Contains artist files, copy and research files, and editorial files.
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Scope and Contents note

The Rolling Stone Collection span the years 1965 to 1990, with the bulk of the records dating between 1974 and 1988. The records are organized into four series: artist files, artist reference and publicity files, copy and research files, and editorial files. The artist files consist of materials organized according to musical artist, including newspaper and magazine clippings referencing the different artists and their performances. This series also contains subject files, covering topics such as various music festivals. The copy and research files make up the majority of the material contained in the Rolling Stone Collection. This series is organized according to issue number and most of the magazines between no. 158 and no. 542 are included in this collection. Materials such as print copy, manuscripts, newspaper and magazine clippings, research notes, interview transcripts, and recorded interviews are included in this series. The editorial files contain material relating to various Rolling Stone writers. Of note are correspondence between Rolling Stone and the authors and editors in regards to writing assignments and compensation for these assignments.

Administrative History

Rolling Stone magazine was founded in 1967 by Jann Wenner. It is a New York-based magazine devoted to music, politics, and popular coverage, and it is published bi-monthly with two double issues each year.

Custodial History note

The Rolling Stone Collection were received by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Museum, Inc. as gifts from Rolling Stone LLC on December 20, 2010 and February 24, 2014.


Accruals have not yet been processed.

Processing Information

Processed by Patricia McEldowney, Justin Seidler, Lee Wittenstein, Interns; Ann Daley Smerkar, Volunteer; Rachel Somerville, Project Archivist; Stasia Karel, Assistant Archivist. Last updated August 23, 2012. Descriptive sources and standards used to create this inventory: DACS and local processing manual.

Conditions Governing Access note

Collection is open for research. Patrons must sign the Acknowledgment of Legal Responsibility and Privacy Rights statement on the Researcher Registration form before using this collection. Please note that series not described here are currently in process and are, therefore RESTRICTED. See the rest of the finding aid for more detailed information, and consult the Library and Archives staff in advance of your visit to ensure access to these materials is available.

Conditions Governing Use note

The copyright interests in this collection have not been transferred to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, Inc. For more information, please consult the staff of the Library and Archives.