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Resource Center

Housed in the basement of our Lincoln Avenue campus, the Resource Center holds a collection of over 25,000 commercial and archival recordings, videos, books, photos, documents and periodicals.

Friendly volunteers staff the center and are always on hand to answer questions and search the collection database. There are two listening stations for in house use and a comfortable reading lounge in the basement lobby. Students and the general public are welcome to explore the Resource Center's holdings, and faculty and staff are encouraged to check out books and recordings.


  • Monday - Thursday 3:00 - 9:30 PM
  • Saturday Noon - 5:00 PM

Old Town School's History

Interested in Old Town School's unique history? HERE are six chapters of our history loaded with archival photos, recordings and video. This virtual tour complements a historical photo exhibit on the basement walls of our 4544 North Lincoln Avenue location. Brought to you by The Resource Center and our friends at Vamonde. Text by Tanya Lee, Ph.D. | photos, video and audio curated by Colby Maddox.

The Archives Podcast

The Resource Center sponsors a podcast that regularly unearths hidden gems from Old Town's audio archives. Past podcasts include a six part series celebrating the School's 60th Anniversary with a mix of archival recordings (Studs Terkel, Ella Jenkins, Win Stracke, Frank Hamilton) and the words of the folks who took part in our 2017 oral history project with StoryCorps. Special collections like the Armstrong Family tapes and short, fact-rich song histories are also featured on the Archives Podcast.

To listen,

StoryCorps Partnership

In 2017, Old Town School's Resource Center partnered with national oral history organization StoryCorps to record and preserve a first-person, human picture of the school's 60-year history.

Browse the full project at StoryCorps.org

Listen to all the StoryCorps conversation segments and learn how to participate.

Playlist of the Month

Recordings from Old Town School's archives, teaching artists, and samples from our commercial releases. Check back monthly for updated playlists!

Recordings Archive

The Resource Center is working to make Old Town School's collection of 4,000 plus concert, radio, and field recordings available for in-building listening.

Live From the Old Town School

Some of the concert recordings in our archive are now available on iTunes and other digital music outlets under the title Live From the Old Town School.

How did The Old Town School get permission to release these recordings? Read our project protocols.

Photo and Document Archive

If you are a researching Old Town School History and would like to access our photo and document archive, please take a look at the finding aid for these collections, and make an appointment with our Resource Center Manager.

Contact Resource Center Manager Colby Maddox with questions.