Exhibits and Collections
The Frist Library and Archive represents more than forty years' worth of collecting country music books, periodicals, photographs, fan club newsletters, scrapbooks, sheet music, songbooks, video and film, oral histories, and sound recordings.
The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum Moving Image Collection contains over 23,000 moving images on over nine different formats, including 16mm film, digibeta, DVD, and early video. The dates of these materials range from the 1920s to the present, and the collection provides a vast and unique visual history of country music.
Virtually spanning the history of recorded sound, the Bob Pinson Recorded Sound Collection embraces 200,000 recorded cylinders and discs including 98% of all pre-World War II country recordings ever made.
The Museum's ongoing Oral History Project was officially launched in 1974. Now embracing 666 interviews, the collection contains interviews with performers, recording artists, songwriters, and a wide variety of business personnel involved in the country music industry.
The Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum has in its holdings numerous cataloged images related to the history of country and American folk music. The dates of these images range from the 1920s to the present.
The Museum has an extensive, permanent artifact collection. This collection includes more than 800 stage costumes, over 600 instruments, and hundreds of other objects-from microphones to automobiles-documenting the history of country music.