Archival collection Rona Elliot Papers

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Inclusive, 1963-2008, undated
2.0 Linear feet (2 records cartons) 

[Identification of Item], Rona Elliot Papers, Library and Archives, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum.

Journalist, teacher, editor, and former music correspondent on NBC's Today Show. Contains research material, clippings, personal papers, and notes.
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Scope and Contents note

The Rona Elliot Papers span the years 1963 to 2008. The collection consists of two series. Series I: Artist Files contains mainly research material, clippings, and notes used by Elliot during her career as music correspondent on the Today Show. Artists represented in Series I include Joan Baez, Ray Charles, Eric Clapton, Bob Dylan, and George Harrison; there is also a substantial amount of material on the Amnesty International "A Conspiracy of Hope" benefit concerts of 1986. The materials in this series offer only a sampling of the exhaustive list of artists interviewed by Elliot during her 10 years with the Today Show. Series II: Personal Files contains a folder of Elliot's personal papers and notes. The collection provides insight into music journalism in the late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries, and highlights the career of a current board member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Biographical Note


"Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum Names William W. Rowley New Board Chairman and Announces New Members of Board of Trustees." Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum. Accessed September 19, 2011.

"Rona Elliot." Wikipedia. Accessed September 19, 2011.

Rona Elliot is a journalist, teacher, editor, and former music correspondent on NBC's Today Show. In the 1970s, she was involved in the rise of freeform and progressive rock formats on San Francisco's KSAN and KMPX radio stations. She has reported on major rock music events, including Woodstock, Live Aid, and Billy Joel in the U.S.S.R. Elliot became a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Board of Trustees in 2010.

Custodial History note

The Rona Elliot Papers were received by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Museum, Inc. as a gift from Elliot on August 25, 2011.

Processing Information

Processed by Christine Borne, Project Archivist. Completed September 19, 2011. 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. Consult the Library and Archives in advance of your visit to ensure access to these materials is available.

Conditions Governing Use note

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, Inc. owns right, title, and interest in the works of authorship embodied in the materials in this collection. The transfer of Donor's literary and other property rights does not include works of other individuals and organizations contained in the gift. For more information, please consult the staff of the Library and Archives.