Access the Collections

The Frist Library and Archive represents more than fifty years' worth of collecting country music books, periodicals, photographs, fan club newsletters, scrapbooks, sheet music, songbooks, video and film, oral histories, and sound recordings.

Reading Room

Onsite Reading Room access hours are Monday through Friday, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. by appointment. To schedule an appointment please email:


Digital Archive

Through its Digital Archive, the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum is dedicated to preserving its unparalleled collection of historically and culturally unique resources, as well as making them publicly accessible for educational purposes. Digital Archive contains digitized content related to the history of country and American folk music including photographic images, recorded sound, moving images, printed materials, posters, oral history interviews, objects, and born digital items. Due to copyright restrictions, some content within the Digital Archive is restricted to onsite use only.


Google Arts & Culture 

Partnering with the Google Arts & Culture, the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum shares its popular 2008–09 exhibition Family Tradition: The Williams Family Legacy. Through rare and previously unavailable images provided by the Hank Williams family, the exhibit examines the ways in which American music continues to be measured by the standards Williams set. It also explores the connections between this revered figure in country music and his creative heirs, biological and cultural.

Since the Google Arts & Culture was launched in 2011, it has worked closely with museums, foundations and other archives, from Carnegie Hall to the Musee D’Orsay in Paris and the British Museum in London. More than 800 partners from over 60 countries make accessible online a total of 6 million artworks, photos, videos, manuscripts, and other documents of art, culture and history, and by doing so, preserve it for future generations.

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