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James Rosen Beatles Literature Collection

 Collection
Identifier: Beatles
The James Rosen Beatles Literature Collection is an intentionally assembled collection of published materials (principally magazines and books) relating to the Beatles--John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr--and contains materials published both during the group's activity and in the ensuing years. It also includes materials relating specifically to each band member after the band broke up.

James Rosen’s intent in assembling this collection was to create a documentary record of the Beatles in popular culture publications, and to compile information about the Beatles for his personal research. Each item in this collection mentions the Beatles or one of its members in some way, often in the form of a concert review, an interview, or even celebrity gossip. But since these publications exist here in their entirety, not as clippings, descriptive notes are added to each item as a point of access in order to make evident the purpose of each item’s inclusion.

The first series, Periodicals, is arranged alphabetically by publication title. Each publication described here contains one or more volumes or issues relating to the Beatles or its former members. The second series, Books, is arranged primarily by author’s last name, with book titles described within. Auction catalogues make up the third series, which are arranged chronologically by auction date. The fourth series contains a small number of photographs, which are mostly reproductions. Finally, the fifth series, Additional materials, contains a variety of Beatles ephemera such as posters, greeting cards, interview transcripts, and letters.

Dates

  • 1962 - 2016

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is stored off-site and requires 48 hours advance notice for retrieval. Please contact the McCormick Library at specialcollections@northwestern.edu or 847-491-3635 for more information or to schedule an appointment to view the collection.

Extent

81 Boxes

2 folders

Overview

The James Rosen Beatles Literature Collection is an intentionally assembled collection of published materials (principally magazines and books) related to the Beatles--John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr--and contains materials published both during the group's activity and in the following years. The collection also contains some photographs and other materials.

Arrangement

Periodicals are listed alphabetically by title, books alphabetically by author (or by title, if no author), and auction catalogs are arranged by date. Articles in periodicals related to the Beatles are listed by author and title in the scope/contents note for each issue.
Title
Guide to the James Rosen Beatles literature collection
Author
Gary L. Strawn
Date
2018-03-22
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard

Repository Details

Part of the Music Library Repository

Contact:
Deering Library, Level 3
1970 Campus Drive
Evanston IL 60208-2300 US
847-491-3635