Cornell University Acquires Hip-Hop Archive

The Cornell University Library recently received the archival collection of hip-hop memorabilia entitled “Born in the Bronx: The Legacy and Evolution of Hip-Hop.” The collection was donated by Johan Kugelberg, a collector and writer on popular culture. Over the years he has assembled a wide range of posters, photographs, and recordings documenting the early years of hip-hop music.

Cornell University celebrated the acquisition of the collection with a two-day symposium late last month featuring many of the genre’s founding artists, music historians, and scholars of African-American culture.