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Massachusetts Hip-Hop Archive and Researching Hip-Hop

This Research Guide provides information about Hip-Hop Collections in the Healey Library at UMass Boston and provides researchers with information about doing research about hip-hop more broadly.

Other Hip-Hop Collections

There are a range of institutions and collections related to hip-hop in the United States and around the world.

  • Cornell Hip Hop Collection: The mission of the Cornell Hip Hop Collection (CHHC) is to collect and make accessible the historical artifacts of Hip Hop culture and to ensure their preservation for future generations. The Collection features: hundreds of party and event flyers ca. 1977-1985; thousands of early vinyl recordings, cassettes and CDs; film and video; record label press packets and publicity; black books, photographs, magazines, books, clothing, and more.
  • Hiphop Archive and Research Institute at Harvard University: The Hiphop Archive and Research Institute's mission is to facilitate and encourage the pursuit of knowledge, art, culture and responsible leadership through Hiphop.
  • Hip-Hop Radio Archive: The Hip-Hop Radio Archive aims to digitize, preserve, share, and contextualize recordings of hip-hop radio from the 1980s and 1990s from commercial, college, community, and pirate stations of all sizes, telling the stories of the shows and the people that made them. The secondary goal of this collection is to trace the spread of hip-hop via radio over the 1980s and 90s by providing regional and historical context for the episodes.
  • New York Folklore Society Hip Hop Archives: In 2001, the New York Folklore Society and the Brooklyn-based Urban Think Tank embarked on a collaborative project documenting Hip Hop. The Community Scholars at Urban Think Tank (UTT)  identified eighteen significant collections of documentation in varied formats: commercial and homemade sound recordings in many different media; photographs, some professionally shot, some amateur, documenting people, fashions, breakdancing contests, subway art; sketchbooks; flyers and posters; interviews; even clothing.
  • William & Mary Hip Hop Collection: The collection includes oral histories committed to preserving and documenting Virginia’s rich hip hop past, as well as recordings of hip hop music, publications, and ephemera created by Virginia and Virginia-based artists, collectives, and businesses.  Additionally, the collection documents the origins and impact of hip hop culture on college campuses throughout the state by collecting records of hip hop based student organizations, college radio stations, events and concerts with a special focus on William & Mary itself.

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