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  • The Bruce Springsteen Special Collection

    Housed on the Monmouth University campus, the Bruce Springsteen Special Collection comprises nearly 35,000 items from 47 countries, ranging from books and concert memorabilia to articles and promotional materials. The collection serves the research and informational needs of music fans, scholars, authors and others with a serious interest in The Boss’s life and career.

  • Contact Information

    Research access to the collection is by appointment only. To make one, call or email:

    Eileen Chapman


  • The Bruce Springsteen Special Collection @ Monmouth

  • A Truly Unique Collection Right Around the Corner 
From Where It All Began

    The Bruce Springsteen Special Collection originated in the summer of 2001 from a growing concern about how increasingly scarce magazine and newspaper articles on Springsteen’s early career, once plentiful, had become. To address this problem, the Springsteen fanzine, Backstreets Magazine, organized a fan-to-fan campaign to collect and organize essential documents from each phase of Springsteen’s career, ensuring that the historic record would be publicly accessible to all who have a serious interest in Bruce Springsteen’s life and career.

    To date the Collection includes documents originating in 47 countries, reflecting the enduring international interest in Springsteen’s music and live performances. The countries represented include: Argentina, Australia, Austria, Brazil, Belgium, Canada, Chile, China, Columbia, Costa Rica, Croatia, Czechoslovakia, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, the former German Democratic Republic, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Ivory Coast, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Scotland, Singapore, Spain, South Africa, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, Turkey, UK, Uruguay, USA, Vietnam, Yugoslavia, and Zimbabwe.

    The Friends of the Bruce Springsteen Special Collection, founded in 2004, is a not-for-profit organization for people interested in supporting this Collection, and thereby helping to preserve the written history of Bruce Springsteen and his bands. The Directors of The Friends have been involved with the Collection since its founding in 2001, under the leadership of Christopher Phillips, editor and publisher of Backstreets magazine. Mr. Phillips is president of The Friends, leading a board that includes June Lisk, secretary and co-membership chair; Carl Beams, treasurer; Dan Toskaner, co-membership chair; and directors Jennifer Bardwell, Kevin Farrell, Denise Green, Jane Murphy, Sheryl Nevin, Marietta Phillips, Shawn Poole, Mark Uzzo, Sandy Wells and David Wilson. The Executive Director of the Friends is Melanie Paggioli.