Ruth T. Watanabe Special Collections is proud to house the Eastman School of Music Archive, which is the official repository for the School’s historical, institutional, and administrative records, as well as the Eastman Audio Archive (EAA), which is a complementary repository for all Eastman School performances (both faculty and student) dating from 1933 to the present. The sources and collections that comprise the ESM Archive and the Eastman Audio Archive contain a wealth of information about not only the school’s history and operations but also the careers and accomplishments of its faculty, staff, and alumni. We are committed to providing open and equitable access to School records, collections, and materials to all researchers, including members of the UR/ESM community, alumni and their families, and the general public.
Stories celebrating Eastman’s rich history as told through the lens of our archival collections can be found in our This Week @ Eastman blog posts.
Faculty and Alumni Papers
More than 130 faculty, staff, and alumni collections are included in the ESM Archive. Inventories (Finding Aids) for the collections that have been processed are available online.
Resources for Alumni and Families
Looking for a concert program, recording, or other records from your/your relative’s years at Eastman? Here’s how to access some frequently requested materials from the Archive.