Collections & Research - The Birthplace of Country Music
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Collections & Research


Our collections comprise photographs, printed music, paper ephemera and documents, concert posters, items related to 1927 Bristol Sessions artists, audio playback machines, microphones, vintage stringed instruments, radio equipment, and country music recordings in both physical and digital formats – all of which relate to the impact and legacy of the Bristol Sessions and the region’s music history.

In our exhibits, artifacts from the collections help to tell museum visitors about the Bristol Sessions as a continuing influence in American music-making. We hope to make our collections fully searchable online in the future so they can be a resource for music lovers worldwide.

To inquire about using the collections for study and research, please contact


The Birthplace of Country Music Museum is an educational institution, and our curatorial team conducts research that supports and augments our permanent exhibits, rotating special exhibits, extensive museum programming, and blog.

The museum also serves as a resource for scholars, community members, educators, and visitors, and we welcome questions and requests to use our exhibits and collections to support research. In the past, various institutions, individual researchers, and filmmakers have used our collections for their projects.

If you are interested in accessing information beyond what is available on our website or you want to inquire about using the collections for study and research, please contact the curatorial team by emailing

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