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Bruce Springsteen is about to clean out his attic in a major way. He’ll be shipping out his personal collection of photographs, writings, and artifacts from throughout his storied and enduring career to Monmouth University West Long Branch, New Jersey, where they’ll be housed in the newly established Bruce Springsteen Archives and Center for American Music.
The university is located just minutes away from Asbury Park, a city that has a long history of association with The Boss. Monmouth already houses some 35,000 pieces of Springsteen memorabilia in its mostly fan-compiled Bruce Springsteen Special Collection, but the new Center for American Music will expand beyond the one performer. According to the New York Times, the center will also promote the legacy of artists like Woody Guthrie and Robert Johnson, all while adding value and resources to the university’s music related curriculums.
“The establishment of the Bruce Springsteen Archives and Center for American Music celebrates and reinforces the Jersey Shore’s legacy in the history of American music,” the university’s president, Paul R. Brown, said in a statement, “while providing a truly transformative experience for our students.”
The executive director of Los Angeles’ Grammy Museum, Robert Santelli, was heavily involved in acquiring the archives, and is expected maintain a leadership position at the new center. Other details on the acquisition are scare, though a similar move to purchase Bob Dylan’s archives last year by the George Kaiser Family Foundation cost an estimated $15 to $20 million.