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American Music Research Center

The American Music Research Center is a joint venture of the University Libraries and College of Music devoted to the discovery of new information about American music and to the sharing of those discoveries with the wider community.


  • Mission Statement
  • Awards
  • Collections
  • Contacts
  • Donations
  • Events

King & I posterThe American Music Research Center (AMRC) is a rare music repository dedicated to exploring the rich tradition of American music. The AMRC shares its resources with students, faculty, scholars, and the public through concerts, symposia and lectures, publications, and other scholarly activities. Additionally, the AMRC encourages students pursuing studies in American music.


The AMRC serves as a research archive for performers and anyone else wishing to preserve American music and enhance its cultural and transformational potential for future generations.

Alexander's Ragtime BandAMRC Curator Wins CU President's Award: Laurie Sampsel Receives 2009 Provost’s Faculty Achievement Award

Laurie Sampsel, faculty director of the Howard B. Waltz Music Library, is the recipient of the 2009 Provost’s Faculty Achievement Award. The award comes with a $1,000 research/creative work grant and a plaque. The commendation from Interim Provost Stein Sture noted Sampsel’s 2008 book on music research published by Oxford University Press. Laurie was recognized at the Fall Convocation on October 16, 2009, in Old Main Chapel.


AMRC is a recipient of the National Federation of Music Clubs’ Educational Institutions Annual Award for the accomplishments of 2004.

The Center serves as the archive for the College of Music Library's extensive special and archival collections of American music.


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Classic Broadway and Those Who Built ItAMRC Activities, Journal, Etc., contact:

College of Music: Thomas Riis | Eric Hansen


AMRC Research and Collections, contact:

Music Library: Laurie Sampsel | Eric Harbeson


AMRC Glenn Miller Archive, contact:
Alan Cass

Rocking ChairIf you have a collection of American music materials and are interested in making a donation to the AMRC, please contact Curator Laurie Sampsel at 303-492-3929.


If you are interested in providing a tax-deductible contribution to the AMRC, contact the Friends of the Libraries at 303-492-1675.


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