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The Archive holds the UK’s finest collection of written, printed and visual material on jazz, blues and related music, from the 1920s to the present day, including:

  • More than 4,000 books
  • Runs of around 700 journals and periodicals
  • Photographs, drawings, paintings, concert and festival posters and programmes
  • Letters, memorabilia and personal papers donated by musicians, writers, journalists and collectors
  • Oral histories from our Heritage Lottery Fund intergenerational jazz reminiscence project.

The three search panels below are the starting points for searching the NJA catalogue, the digitised collections, and the website itself.

A detailed guide to our collections and how to search them can be downloaded here.

Search the NJA Catalogue

Explore the catalogue of the extensive jazz related materials, which are stored offline at the Archive in Loughton

Go to the Catalogue
Search Digitised Collections

Browse the Archive’s online copies of jazz journals, posters, booklets, tickets, programmes, photographs, etc

Go to the Digitised Collections
Search the Website

Use the search box below to find news, teaching resources, events and jazz stories

This website gives you access to news, information, and historical records, and new content is being added all the time. Let us know if you have problems finding the content that you are looking for.

Many of our holdings have not yet been digitised or fully catalogued so a visit to the Archive or enquiry by email or phone may be the best way to find what you are looking for. Our research archivist David Nathan and volunteers are always pleased to help visitors explore the Archive to answer questions about jazz and our collections. If you are planning to visit, check first that the archive will be open.

Please note that the materials in the Archive are available for reference only. You are welcome to read or examine any item that we hold, but these may not be taken out of the Archive.