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The Archive

The Country Music Archive (incorporating the British Archive of Country Music) is a non-profit organisation, set up by Dave Barnes in 1987 to catalogue and preserve what had already become a large and ever growing collection of music, magazines, books and other country music items some of which were rarities of great historical interest. A purpose-built building was put up (and later had to be extended as the archive continued to expand!).

The mission was, and remains, to preserve traditional country music and make it available to country music historians, researchers and enthusiasts – now and for future generations

The library has over 650,000 songs on