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Springsteen Archives Announces New Building at Monmouth University

originally published: 10/18/2023

Springsteen Archives Announces New Building at Monmouth University

(WEST LONG BRANCH, NJ) -- On October 18, 2023, the Bruce Springsteen Archives and Center for American Music at Monmouth University announced a new 30,000 square foot building to house the Archives, the Center for American Music, related exhibition galleries, and a 230 seat, state-of-the-art theater.

Designed by the acclaimed New York-based architectural firm, COOKFOX, the building will be located on the campus of Monmouth University, not far from where Springsteen wrote his landmark song, “Born to Run,” nearly 50 years ago.

A campaign to raise the $45 million to construct the new building is underway. The anticipated opening date is spring 2026.

“Monmouth University is excited to enrich our campus with a new home for one of the country’s premier cultural and educational institutions dedicated to preserving the legacy of Bruce Springsteen and the story of American music,” said Monmouth University President and Chair of the Archives Board Patrick F. Leahy.  “This beautiful and functional facility will enhance cultural and educational opportunities in New Jersey and our region, expand academic scholarship, and position Monmouth University as a national leader in arts education.”

The Center for American Music will feature exhibits on Springsteen and showcase diverse topics and themes in American music, while the Archives will offer visitors the chance to listen to oral histories and interviews, watch rare film footage, and explore major moments in music history.



 
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Intimate concerts, teacher workshops, symposia, lectures, film series, and other public and educational programs will also be part of the mission of the Archives and Center for American Music.

“Our institution will offer exciting research opportunities for students, journalists, and historians and give Springsteen fans the chance to explore his music and the role it plays in American history like never before,” added Robert Santelli, executive director of the Bruce Springsteen Archives and Center for American Music.  “Teachers will also find the Archives and Center for American Music a valuable educational resource.  Lesson plans, teaching strategies, and online programs will be available to teachers and enable them to bring American music into the classroom.”

The Bruce Springsteen Archives serves as the official repository for Bruce Springsteen’s songs and other written works, plus photographs, periodicals, oral histories, recordings, films, and artifacts related to Springsteen and the E Street Band.  The Center for American Music produces museum exhibitions, seminars and educational workshops, concerts, and various other public programs to promote and celebrate the many forms of American music and its impact on our culture and national identity.

Monmouth University is the region’s premier private coastal university offering a comprehensive array of undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degree programs in a dynamic and personalized learning environment. Located in West Long Branch, New Jersey, Monmouth University's magnificent coastal campus is approximately one hour from both New York City and Philadelphia. Innovative academic programs, individual faculty attention, and nationally ranked Division I athletics make this private university a great place to find your future.

COOKFOX Architects is an award-winning architectural and interior design studio focused on high-performance, environmentally responsive, socially engaged design. The studio is known globally for innovative design that supports physical health and mental wellness at the highest standards of environmental performance. With a portfolio of diverse residential, workplace, and education projects, COOKFOX seeks to pursue architecture that restores, regenerates, and elevates our collective experience of the built environment. Their most notable projects include the Bank of America Tower at One Bryant Park, the Marymount School of New York, St. John’s Terminal, and 150 Charles.



 
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