Explore the Songbook Library & Archives 

Go behind the scenes (or stacks) in the Songbook Archives from the comfort of your own living room. Stay up to date on our preservation efforts and explore the hidden gems that we have made accessible virtually! If you are interesting in researching in the Songbook Library and Archives, we invite you to Explore the Archives or Discover the Library.


In the Archives with Michael Feinstein

This monthly video series is ALL the rave for Songbook lovers around the world! Take a deep dive into the Songbook Library & Archives with our founder, Michael Feinstein, Archives professionals, and special guests including Donny Osmond and the Whiting family! View the full playlist.



Step into the Archives & Library . . .

The Great American Songbook Archives & Library exists to preserve the physical artifacts of the Songbook so that current and future generations can experience them. It is the only facility dedicated to preserving the Great American Songbook.



What's new in the Archives?


Two costumes worn by Ella Fitzgerald

Grey silk evening gown with a black silk and velvet floral overlay worn by the singer on stage in the 1960s Ella Fitzgerald opened at the Empire Room of the Waldorf Astoria in New York City, March 30, 1971 with special guest Louis Armstrong. She wore this timeless gown more than once in her career. Photos from the 1960s feature her wearing this dress.


Mint green silk costume heavily adorned with rhinestones, faux pearls and fringe on the sleeves and waistline worn by the singer on stage. This costume was worn by Ella Fitzgerald in a performance with Eddie 'Lockjaw' Davis of The Legendary Count Basie Orchestra in Copenhagen Denmark in April 1970.


Sammy Davis Jr. Arrangements

The Sammy Davis Jr. arrangements were donated to the Foundation's Archives by Michael Feinstein. This royal blue trunk - heavily marked with stickers from hundreds of shows - holds arrangements used during the Sammy Davis Jr. Show.



"I preserve things that are significant to me. Only time will determine what is important in the long term. But something can be rediscovered only if someone has collected and preserved it." - Michael Feinstein, Founder



Do you have an item or collection you'd like to donate to the Great American Songbook Foundation Archives? Visit our Archives Donation Page.