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Cornell University Library Rare and Manuscript Collections Hip Hop Collection
The Cornell Hip Hop Collection
We are pleased to announce the arrival of the
Bill Adler Archive with the opening of "Def Jam
at 30: Declarations of an Independent -
1984-1985," a website which explores Def
Jam’s ground-breaking first year! (read more).
Cornell University Library’s Hip Hop Collection
is honored to announce the appointment of DJ
Afrika Bambaataa as a visiting scholar for a
three year term (read more).
The mission of the Cornell Hip Hop Collection (CHHC) is to
collect and make accessible the historical artifacts of Hip Hop
culture and to ensure their preservation for future
generations. It is open to the public (please contact us for an
The Collection features: hundreds of party and event flyers
ca. 1977-1985 thousands of early vinyl recordings, cassettes
and CDs film and video record label press packets and
publicity black books, photographs, magazines, books,
clothing, and more.
The original core of the Collection was established in 1999 by
author and curator Johan Kugelberg. A former recording
industry executive, Kugelberg sought to locate and preserve
the earliest artifacts he could find concerning Hip Hop’s
emergence in the South Bronx and its spread throughout the New York City area in the 1970s and early 1980s. He donated his collection to
Cornell University Library in 2007 after the publication of Born in the Bronx: A Visual History of the Early Days of Hip Hop, the book he edited
in association with Joe Conzo, Jr. Although the earliest era of Hip Hop culture was the starting place for Cornell’s Collection, our goal moving
forward is to preserve the culture broadly, chronologically, geographically, in all its variations and sub-genres.
Since 2007 the CHHC has grown to include the archive of early Hip Hop photographer Joe Conzo, Jr. the archive of Charlie Ahearn,
director of Wild Style (1983), the first Hip Hop feature film the archive of Ernie Paniccioli (Word Up magazine’s photographer and author of
Who Shot Ya: 3 Decades of Hip Hop Photography) the archive of Buddy “The Flyer King” Esquire the archive of “Breakbeat Lenny”
Roberts (co-founder of the Ultimate Breaks and Beats vinyl series) the archive of pioneering graffiti artist Richie “SEEN” Mirando the
archive of Jorge “Popmaster Fabel” Pabon (Vice President of the Rock Steady Crew and co-founder of Tools of War), and the archive of the
IGTimes (a.k.a. The International Graffiti Times, one of the earliest and most influential graffiti ‘zines). Additional details can be found on our
collections page.
Please contact us (hiphopcollection@cornell.edu) for inquiries about the Collection, to schedule a visit, request a class presentation, or to offer
materials for sale or donation.
© 2013 Division of Rare &Manuscript Collections.
For reference questions, please complete our reference form. For feedback about this Web site, contact rmcweb@cornell.edu.
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