The AMRC houses the region's largest repository of archival music materials, with particular collection strengths in the music of Colorado and the American West, American popular song, swing-era, TV & radio, and the silent film era.  The core collection was assembled by Sister Mary Dominic Ray at Dominican College in California in 1967, and was purchased by the University of Colorado in 1989. The AMRC collections are stored in the University of Colorado Boulder Libraries’ Archives in Norlin Library and are available for research in Norlin’s Special Collections & Archives Reading Room.  More information about visiting the AMRC collections is available here.

If you are interested in accessing the materials, need copies, or would like to visit the archives, please e-mail the Rare and Distinctive Collections team at

If you are interested in donating materials to the AMRC, please email Jessie De La Cruz, Music and Recorded Sound Archivist, Assistant Director of the AMRC, and Senior Instructor.  Her e-mail is  Please note that material donations cannot come directly to the Center. 

Visit the Collections in Person

Reopening Update

Starting August 1 The Special Collections & Archives Reading Room in Norlin Library (room E1B43) will be open by appointment only from 11- 4, Monday through Friday.  Appointments can be made by emailing It is anticipated that starting October 3rd the Reading Room will also be open for walk-ins, but we will encourage appointments. We apologize for any inconvenience and appreciate your patience as we navigate this unprecedented situation and make safe plans to reopen facilities.

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