Monmouth University Named the Official Archival Center for Bruce Springsteen’s Works and Memorabilia



WEST LONG BRANCH, N.J. (Jan. 10, 2017) – Monmouth University today announced a new collaborative partnership to establish The Bruce Springsteen Archives and Center for American Music. Through the collaboration, Monmouth University becomes the official archival repository for Springsteen’s written works, photographs, periodicals, and artifacts. The announcement was made during “A Conversation with Bruce Springsteen,” held this evening at the University’s Pollak Theatre.

The new collaboration broadens an existing relationship between Springsteen and Monmouth University, which has served as the home of the Bruce Springsteen Special Collection since 2011. The Bruce Springsteen Archives and Center for American Music will preserve and promote the legacy of Bruce Springsteen and his role in American music, while honoring and celebrating icons of American music like Woody Guthrie, Robert Johnson, Hank Williams, Frank Sinatra, and others. The expanded partnership will help to more deeply integrate the history and inspiration of American music into the curriculum and research experience at Monmouth. It will also serve to bolster an already highly successful music industry program at the university, one of only nine university affiliates of the GRAMMY Museum.

“Monmouth University is excited by the opportunity to grow our relationship with Bruce Springsteen,” said Monmouth University President Paul R. Brown. “Our partnership has been a natural one — just steps from Springsteen’s birthplace and the site where Born to Run was written, Monmouth University’s location brilliantly captures the essence of Springsteen’s music while providing the academic heft of one of only nine university affiliates of the GRAMMY Museum. 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, while providing a truly transformative experience for our students.”


Exclusive Engagement Slated for Jan. 10, 2017; Tickets Go on Sale on Jan. 4

WEST LONG BRANCH, N.J. (Jan. 3, 2016) – Monmouth University welcomes Bruce Springsteen to its Pollak Theatre on Jan. 10 at 7:30 p.m. for an intimate conversation on his career, moderated by Robert Santelli, executive director of the GRAMMY Museum, and former Monmouth University professor. All tickets are $75 each and will be sold online only starting at noon on Jan. 4 by visiting

Monmouth University, one of just nine university affiliates in the world of The GRAMMY Museum, has served as the home of the Bruce Springsteen Special Collection since 2011. Monmouth’s Jersey Shore location, just steps from Springsteen’s birthplace and the place where “Born to Run” was written, make it a natural home for the collection, which comprises nearly 35,000 items from 47 countries that range from books and concert memorabilia to articles and promotional materials. It serves the research and informational needs of music fans, scholars, authors, and others with a serious interest in Bruce Springsteen’s life and career.

Tickets for the Jan. 10 event are limited to two (2) tickets per household and will be available for pick-up when the doors open for the event only, no exceptions. Patrons must present their government-issued identification along with the credit card used to purchase the tickets at the time of pick-up. Tickets are non-transferable and will not be sold at the venue box office or by phone. Visit for event details and to purchase tickets.

Barry Schneier Photo Offer

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The Friends of the Bruce Springsteen Special Collection is proud to offer you these very special photos taken by world famous photographer Barry Schneier. Each 8.5″ x 11″ photo is individually printed and signed by Barry Schneier himself!

Barry’s photographs have been, and are being, featured in galleries and museums throughout the United States and the UK. Barry is probably best known for his photo of Bruce Springsteen playing the piano on For You at the Harvard Square Theatre Springsteen concert in 1974. This is the photo featured at the top of this page and  was the show that Jon Landau attended and then wrote those famous words in his  The Real Paper review “I saw my rock ‘n’ roll past flash before my eyes. And I saw something else: I saw rock and roll future and its name is Bruce Springsteen. And on a night when I needed to feel young, he made me feel like I was hearing music for the very first time.” For further information about his photos, please visit the Barry Schneier Photography website:

The Friends of the Bruce Springsteen Special Collection is extremely grateful for Barry’s support by allowing us to use his photo on our pages and for allowing us to make this special offer to you.

The price for these beautiful signed photos is $300 for two photos or $550 for the full set of four. Please add $8.50 to your order total, to cover shipping/handling and mailing supplies. To place an order using PayPal or Credit Card, please click the link below:

Barry Schneier Photo Ordering Page

To order via the mail, please send a check or money order payable to The Friends of the Bruce Springsteen Special Collection to:

The Friends of the Bruce Springsteen Special Collection
3 Glen Road
Howell, NJ  07731

Please use the correct pricing and please include $8.50 to cover shipping/handling and mailing supplies. Email any questions to:

All photographs on this page © Barry Schneier Photography. All rights reserved.

Dream, Baby, Dream… Our First Auction!

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be on stage with the E Street Band? Very few fans have been lucky enough to experience that feeling.  And even fewer have had the opportunity to hold one of the band members’ guitars. Just imagine Nils handing you a guitar on stage…

Well we can’t make that dream come true but we can get you close.  The Friends of The Bruce Springsteen Special Collection is  giving you the opportunity not just to hold, but own, a Nils Lofgren signed Fender Stratocaster.  The guitar is being auctioned on Charity Buzz beginning  on June 24, 2016 and running through July 7, 2016.  Here’s the link to the Charity Buzz site…

But we’re not just giving you a shot to own the guitar. The lucky winner will also receive a drum head signed by Mighty Max Weinberg. Yes, a signed Fender guitar and a signed drum head from two members of the E Street Band.

Go to the Charity Buzz website, check out the photos of the guitar, drum head, Nils and Max….and place your bid for your chance to own this unique package of E Street Band memorabilia.

Good luck…..close your eyes and just imagine holding that guitar on stage…


A wrap of – of 2015 from Board Member Kevin Farrell… with special thanks to for allowing the reprint…

With 2015 now a wrap, just about everyone and everything has a Top Ten list. We already know that 2016 will be a very busy year for Bruce news; but despite no actual tour, 2015 also had its fair share of interesting moments. Looking back through our News Archives from the past year, we’ve compiled the top stories for 2015, with relevant dates so you can peruse the News Archives and/or Setlist pages for further details. So here you go, in no particular order…. Max, drum roll please: Continue reading

A look back at The River…

In October, 2010, retired Executive Director of the Friends of the Bruce Springsteen Special Collection,  Bob Crane,  penned the below newsletter which was sent to Friends members.  We are re-releasing it now in honor of the Ties That Bind box set and the upcoming River tour.

And please, remember to send us reviews of the tour as it winds through the country during 2016. Continue reading

A Celebration of Bruce Springsteen’s The River



The Friends of the Bruce Springsteen Special Collection, along with Monmouth University and are pleased to invite you to a special event to celebrate the 35th anniversary of the release of The River and the forthcoming release of The Ties That Bind: The River Collection Boxset.

A Celebration of Bruce Springsteen’s The RiverThe Ties That Bind Preview Screening will Continue reading

Bruce Springsteen: A Photographic Journey

The below was published in Backstreets on September 28, 2015 – written by our Board member- Kevin Farrell.

At the bottom of the article is the photographer’s discussion at the opening event on September 27, 2015.


September 28, 2015 LOOKING THROUGH SOME PHOTOGRAPHS… Rechnitz Hall, on the campus of Monmouth University in West Long Branch, New Jersey, was packed with fans from both near and far on Sunday, September 27,  for the opening of the photography exhibit Bruce Springsteen: A Photographic Journey. This traveling exhibition, curated by the GRAMMY Continue reading

Bruce Springsteen: A Photographic Journey

Bruce on the HighayMonmouth University

September 8 – December 22, 2015
9 AM – 5 PM
Rechnitz Hall’s DiMattio Gallery, 1st Floor 
Opening Reception: Sun September 27, 1-4pm

Free and open to the public

Bruce Springsteen: A Photographic Journey, a traveling photography exhibition curated by the GRAMMY Museum Los Angeles, features 45 iconic images of Bruce Springsteen. The exhibit serves to document a great American music legend, and will feature photos taken by noted Springsteen photographers Danny Clinch, Ed Gallucci, Eric Meola, Pamela Springsteen and Frank Stefanko. Continue reading