The ARChive of Contemporary Music is a not-for-profit music library dedicated to collecting, preserving and providing information about popular music from around the world.
ARC was founded in 1985 by Bob George, the current Director, and David Wheeler. Fred Patterson is head archivist. Will Susich has recently joined as an archivist.
Our Board of Advisors is comprised of respected members of the music and entertainment community. Board members create and maintain Special Collections, such as the 10,000 disc Keith Richards’ Blues Collection.
ARC currently occupies over 14,000 sq. ft., at two sites in Tribeca, in Lower Manhattan. Our main office is on the ground floor at White Street.
To move forward, and allow access to our collections, in early 2009 ARC partnered with Columbia University to create a major cultural
institution merging academic study and popular music, to enrich and enhance the cultural life of New York City, the country and the world.