I am the Associate Director of the the world’s foremost jazz archives and research library, The Institute of Jazz Studies at Rutgers University – Newark where I oversee the archival side of the IJS’s collections. Berfore moving to New Jersey I worked at the Sousa Archives and Center for American Music at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

I was interviewed in January 2016 for the Society of American Archivists’ Acquisitions and Appraisal Section Blog, Assigning Value. I go into a little bit of everything we do at the Institute, and how we go about getting new collections, and managing what we already have. Read all about it!

Here’s a brief video showcasing some of the amazing collections at the Institute but if you’re ever in Newark you must stop by!



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. Link to text in RUCore

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. Link to text in RUCore

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. Link to text in RUCore

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. Link to text.

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. Link to text in RUCore

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, Link to text in RUCore

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. Link to text in RUCore

Cuervo, Adriana P. 2007. Volunteer Management Resources on the Web. Midwest Archives Conference Newsletter 34.3: 17-18. Link to text in RUCore

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.


Lectures/Conference Presentations

“Sailing into Metrics: Rethinking and Implementing Metrics and Assessment in Archives” at the 2016 Fall Mid Atlantic Regional Archives Conference meeting, Annapolis, MD, November 5, 2016.

“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.

“ReComposing the archives: American archival practice and music collections in the 21st Century,” 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.

“ABCs of Appraisal and Acquisition”, paper titled “Playing it by Ear: Appraisal and Acquisition Strategies for Music Collections”, Midwest Archives Conference Annual Meeting, St. Paul, MN, April 29, 2011.

“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.

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, 2008.

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.

Contact information




Mailing address:

Institute of Jazz Studies
John Cotton Dana Library
185 University Avenue
Newark, NJ 07102