Mission, Vision, Goals

The Institute of Jazz Studies is the world's foremost jazz archive and research facility. It was founded in 1952 by Marshall Stearns (1908-1966), a pioneer jazz scholar. In 1966, Rutgers was chosen as the collection's permanent academic home. IJS is part of the Rutgers University Libraries, and in 1994 moved to spacious new quarters on the fourth floor of the John Cotton Dana Library on the Newark Campus. The Institute is used by students from Rutgers (especially those in the new Master's Program in Jazz History and Research) and other institutions, teachers, scholars, authors, independent researchers, musicians, the media, record companies, libraries and other archives, and arts agencies.

The Institute of Jazz Studies has been designated as A Literary Landmark by the New Jersey Center for the Book in the National Registry of the Library of Congress, October 2013.


The mission of the Institute of Jazz Studies is to collect, preserve, and make accessible the heritage of jazz, an American art form that has been embraced by the world.


The Institute of Jazz Studies will be a leader in fostering the recognition of jazz as a seminal American contribution to world culture by sharing its unique holdings and expertise through emergent technologies and innovative programming


  • Collect, preserve, and make accessible the materials in the IJS archives to the growing field of jazz scholarship and research, to the jazz community, the media, and other legitimately interested parties.
  • Pursue an active acquisitions policy stressing awareness of new materials, current developments, and the availability of important private collections and holdings, either for purchase or donation.
  • Facilitate access to the materials in the collection through improved bibliographical and organizational control, including a comprehensive program of cataloging and database entry, and other processing activities.
  • Maintain and enlarge the IJS publications activities (the online Journal of Jazz Studies (JJS), and the Studies in Jazz monograph series).
  • Further develop the relationship between IJS and the jazz instruction programs and faculty research activities on all campuses of Rutgers.
  • Seek improvements in IJS facilities, staffing, and equipment to better maintain the collection and ensure it's proper use.
  • Develop grant proposals and pursue fund raising activities to enable the IJS to meet its goals.
  • Pursue such outreach activities as the American Jazz Hall of Fame, conferences and seminars, the "Jazz from the Archives" broadcast series on WBGO, relations with the New Jersey Jazz Society, displays and exhibits, and other endeavors as deemed appropriate.