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Gordy Motown audio collection

In 1972, Eastern Michigan University Archives began receiving new releases from Motown on a regular basis that continued through 1988. These releases comprise the Gordy Motown audio collection, which consists of more than 2,200 recordings as well as 7 boxes of printed materials with an emphasis on recordings made from 1960-1988.

The collection is arranged into three record groups based on format: Sound Recordings, Print Materials, and  Exhibitions and artifacts.

Sound Recordings includes 45 rpm Singles and Albums. The 45 rpm domestic Singles were produced and distributed in the United States and are sorted by label and arranged numerically within each label by record number. The 45 rpm Singles that were produced and distributed outside the United States and are arranged alphabetically by country then alphabetically by label within each country then numerically within each label by record number. The Albums are arranged alphabetically by artist or band name then alphabetically by title within each artist.

Print Materials includes Sheet Music and Complete Scores, and Songbooks which are arranged alphabetically by title; Clippings, Promotional Materials, and Photographs; Publications; and Catalogs, Production Materials, and Inventories which are all arranged chronologically.

The Exhibitions and Artifacts materials documents the Henry Ford / Greenfield Village Exhibit in 1995-1997 in addition to documenting objects used for promotional purposes at industry conventions and other events. Albums within the record group are arranged alphabetically by artist, while the other materials in the record group are arranged chronologically.

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Due to the State of Michigan response to COVID-19, the University Archives and its employees have been asked to work remotely for the foreseeable future. We are not able to accommodate in person research until the University determines that all employees can return to work, but if you have a research query, please email lib_archives@emich.edu  


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Scheduling Appointments: Appointments can be made Monday - Friday between 9am and 4:30pm. Archives staff will accommodate requests as we are able and suggest contacting the archives at least 24-48 hours in advance of your desired appointment time. You must receive confirmation of an appointment to be granted access to the archives.