37.4 linear feet.
29 archive boxes, 2 flat boxes, 1 record center carton.
The collection is arranged into three record groups based on format: Sound Recordings, Print Materials, and Exhibits. Sound recordings is further subdivided into two series: 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 does not have any subseries. Box 1 features sheet music and scores arranged alphabetically by title. Box 2 features songbooks arranged alphabetically by title. Boxes 3-7 include a variety of both published and unpublished material relating to the Motown Record Corporation. Similar formats are grouped together, e.g. clippings, and within each format items are arranged chronologically. Exhibits does not have any subseries. Box 1 features albums and records relating to the Henry Ford / Greenfield Village Exhibit in 1995-1997. Albums are arranged alphabetically by artist. Items 1-10 are unique objects used for promotional purposes at industry conventions and other events. Similar formats are grouped together and within each format items are arranged chronologically.
The Gordy Motown Collection was established in 1972 at Eastern Michigan University to honor founder Mr. Berry Gordy, Jr. by the Motown Record Corporation. Since its inception new releases were regularly received until 1988. The total collection contains approximately 2,300 recordings with an emphasis on the years 1960-1988. The collection of print materials encompasses scores, articles, inventories, promotions, photographs, and production materials.
45 rpm recordings -- 33 1/3 rpm recordings -- Printed Materials -- Exhibits.
Researchers are asked to request materials 24 hours prior to visiting the University Archives.
Gordy Motown Collection, Eastern Michigan University Archives, Ypsilanti, Michigan.
Location of originals of published materials is unknown but may be held with publisher. Copies of most sound recordings are commercially available.
Copyright restrictions for sound recordings in this collection are stringent with reproduction limited to preservation and educational use only. As copyright may be held by multiple creators, please contact the University Archivist for details regarding publication of either sound or print materials.
Related archival materials include: Gordy Family Papers (2 linear ft.), Gordy Family Photograph Series (.15 linear ft.), Alan E. Abrams Papers (2 linear ft.) and Alan E. Abrams Photographs (1 folder) at the Bentley Historical Library at the University of Michigan and the E. Azalia Hackley Collection (5.5 linear ft.) at the Detroit Public Library.
Materials in English.
Finding aid available in the University Archives and online.