The CBMR Library and Archives contains the personal papers and music manuscripts of many composers and musicians.
The Archive holds collections of scores given by the composers.
The records and papers of several organizations can be found in the Archive.
In addition to the materials contained in the Library, the collections of the Archives contain the papers and research files of several major scholars as well as collections of papers and musical scores.
The CBMR Library and Archives excels in audio and archival video materials. Collections of recordings are particularly strong in jazz, art music, and popular music styles from 1900 to the present. The recordings and materials about vernacular and popular music focus on the United States, Caribbean, South Africa, Central Africa, and Central America.
The CBMR Library and Archives also contains other collections.