Adriana Cuervo

Director, Special Collections & University Archives
Librarian, Special Collections and University Archives
Library Faculty, New Brunswick
Adriana Cuervo


Special Collections and University Archives

169 College Ave
New Brunswick, NJ 08901-1163

As the Director of Special Collections and University Archives, I oversee a team of archivists, librarians, and staff who facilitate the discovery, visibility, accessibility, and impact of the Libraries’ nationally and internationally recognized special collections and archives. I joined SC&UA after ten years at the Institute of Jazz Studies at Rutgers University – Newark. I began my archives career at the Sousa Archives and Center for American Music at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where I worked as an archivist for eight years. I have an MS degree in Library and Information Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and an MA degree in American Studies from Rutgers University-Newark.


Cuervo, Adriana P. 2007. Dueling Transistors: Preserving the Sal-Mar Construction and the Legacy of Electronic Music in the Americas. Journal of the International Association of Sound and Audiovisual Archives 29 (July 2007): 58-63.

Cuervo, Adriana P. 2007. "Volunteer Management Resources on the Web." Midwest Archives Conference Newsletter 34.3: 17-18.

Cuervo, Adriana P. 2008. Review of Hall, Patricia and Friedeman Sallis, eds. A Handbook to Twentieth-Century Musical Sketches New York: Cambridge University Press, 2004, American Archivist 71.1 (Spring-Summer 2008): 268-271.

Cuervo, Adriana P. 2009. “Ephemeral Music: Electronic Music Collections in the U.S” Proceedings of the Society of American Archivists’ 2008 Research Forum—Foundations and Innovations.

Cuervo, Adriana P. and Eric Harbeson. 2011. “Not Just Sheet Music: Describing Print and Manuscript Music in Archives and Special Collections,” Archival Issues 33.1 (2011): 41-56.

Cuervo, Adriana P. 2011. “Preserving the electroacoustic music legacy: a case study of the SalMar Construction at the University of Illinois,” Notes: Quarterly Journal of the Music Library Association 68.1 (September 2011): 33-47.

Cuervo, Adriana P. 2015. Review of Hooper, Lisa and Donald C. Force, Keeping Time: An Introduction to Archival Best Practices for Music Librarians, Middleton, WI: A-R Editions, 2014, American Archivist 78.1 (Spring-Summer 2015): 272-274.

Cuervo, Adriana P. 2015. “The Things We Keep: Considerations for Appraisal of Archival Materials in Music Libraries,” Notes: Quarterly Journal of the Music Library Association 72.2 (Dec. 2015): 265-275.

Surles, Elizabeth and Adriana P. Cuervo. 2016. “The Jazz Archives Fellowship: A Model for Professional Development and Diversity at the Institute of Jazz Studies,” Journal of Archival Organization 12(3-4): 1-15.

Conference Presentations

“Leading in Scholarship: Developing a Research Agenda in 21st Century Academic Librarianship” at the 2016 Association of Research Libraries Annual Leadership Forum, Boston, MA, January 8, 2016.

“The Best of the Past, Present, and Future: Community Engagement In (& Out of) the Archives” Paper titled “The Newark Citizen Historian Initiative: A Unique Opportunity for University-Community Collaboration,” 21st Annual Coalition of Urban and Metropolitan Universities Conference, Omaha, NE, October 13, 2015.

“Walking the Talk: Risks and Opportunities in Online Publication of Oral Histories,” Society of American Archivists 79th Annual Meeting, Cleveland, OH, August 21, 2015. Panelist.

“We’re talking the talk but are we walking the walk? Turning Change Into Palpable Action,” Mid-Atlantic Regional Archives Conference Fall Meeting, Baltimore, MD, October 17, 2014.        

“Re-Composing the Archives: American Archival Practice in the 21st Century,” Annual Meeting of the International Association of Music Libraries and Documentation Centers, Antwerp, Belgium, July 18, 2014.

Mainstreaming of Special Collections – “Re-Composing the Institute of Jazz Studies: A Vision for Archival Management in the 21st Century.” 10th Annual Association of Research Libraries’ Leadership Symposium, ALA Midwinter Conference, Philadelphia, PA, January 24, 2014.           

“New Music in the Archives: Where the Avant-Garde Meets the Digital Age,” Society of American Archivists 75th Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL, August 27, 2011.     

“The Role of Professional Organizations in Professional Leadership.” 2011 Archives Leadership Institute, University of Wisconsin – Madison, Madison, WI, July 21, 2011. (Invited)          

“Retos de una Era Electrónica: Preservación y Acceso al Patrimonio Musical Contemporáneo” Coloquio El Sentido de la Documentación en las Artes, Universidad Distrital Francisco José de Caldas, Bogotá, Colombia, September 13, 2010 (Invited).           

“Playing it by Ear: Appraisal Considerations for Acquiring Music Collections,” Society of American Archivists 74th Annual Meeting, Acquisitions and Appraisal Section Meeting, Washington, DC, August 13, 2010.           

“More than Just “Sheet Music”: Identifying and Describing Music Materials in Archives and Special Collections, “Midwest Archives Conference Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL, April 22, 2010.           

Building Sustainable Preservation Environments for Born-Digital Records: Three Case Studies, presentation titled “Creative Strategies for the Collection and Preservation Born-Digital Music”, Society of American Archivists 73rd Annual Meeting, Austin, TX, August 15, 2009.           

The Future of the Present: Preserving Avant-Garde Art (Panel Discussion). Society of American Archivists 72nd Annual Meeting, San Francisco, CA, August 28, 2008.           

“Ephemeral Music: Electronic Music Collections in the U.S.”. Platform Presentation, Society of American Archivists 2008 Research Forum - Foundations and Innovations, San Francisco, CA, August 26, 2008.           

“EAD Software: Collection Management and Access Tools”. Annual Meeting of the Midwest Chapter of the Music Library Association, Cincinnati, OH, October 12, 2007 (Invited).          

"Ephemeral Music: A Survey of Electronic Music Collections in the U.S.,” Society of American Archivists Annual Meeting, 2007 Research Forum Poster Session, Chicago, IL, August 28, 2007.           

“Dueling Transistors: Preserving the Sal-Mar Construction and the Legacy of Electronic Music in the Americas” International Association of Sound and Audiovisual Archives Annual Meeting in Mexico City, Mexico, September 12, 2006.           

“Dueling Transistors: Preserving the Sal-Mar Construction and the Legacy of Electronic Music at the University of Illinois” in collaboration with Scott Schwartz, Archivist for Music and Fine Arts, UIUC. Conference presentation for the Illinois Association of College and Research Libraries 2006 Spring Conference, Bloomington, IL, March 30, 2006.