Beginning next month, the Bruce Springsteen Special Collection will continue its glory days in a new location.
Monmouth University announced Monday that it will be the new home for the collection of books, concert programs, magazines and newspaper articles dedicated to the rock legend and members of his bands, effective Nov. 1.
The collection was formerly housed at the Asbury Park Public Library, but started to exceed the facility's storage capacity. The collection contains nearly 14,900 documents from 44 countries.
Monmouth University President Paul G. Gaffney II said he was pleased the four-year search to find a suitable home for the memorabilia ended in West Long Branch.
“Monmouth University is the perfect location for this outstanding collection,” Gaffney said in a release. “Students and faculty from Monmouth University, especially our music industry students, will benefit greatly from having access to these documents. I hope it will also serve as a valuable resource for members of the academic community from around the world.”
According to the release, Monmouth University was chosen because it "combines the right of public access with proper environmental controls, security, and an opportunity to expand the collection.
“The collection not only offers Springsteen fans the chance to explore various aspects of his career, but students, scholars, and journalists will also benefit from the access that Monmouth University will now provide,” said Robert Santelli, executive director of the GRAMMY Museum in Los Angeles and Monmouth alumnus who helped secure the collection for the University. “The additional space at Monmouth allows for the Collection to grow and in the future include recordings, oral histories, film footage, and other documents.”
The Bruce Springsteen Special Collection is available to view by appointment only, Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., starting Nov. 1. To make an appointment, call Eileen Chapman at 732-571-3512.