The Sousa Archives and Center for American Music (SACAM) acquires and preserves significant archival records and historical artifacts in multiple media formats that document America’s local and national music history and its diverse cultures.

The Center, part of the University of Illinois Library and University Archives, arranges, describes, and makes its collections accessible in support of scholarship, exhibitions, publications and education. It offers these services in a professionally managed reference center and through on-line databases, finding aids, and other forms of publication. It provides expert advice on accepted archival practices and standards to University colleagues, scholars, and the general public.

The Center’s collections are used for scholarly research, exhibitions, journalism, documentary productions, school programs, music performances, and other research and educational activities. It actively pursues alliances inside and outside the university community and, where necessary, financial support.

To Make An Appointment for research or a tour, please complete the following form: Make An Appointment.

Welcome to the Sousa Archives


  • Scott Schwartz – Director and Archivist for Music and Fine Arts
  • Maia Perez – Graduate Assistant
  • Nolan Vallier – Academic Hourly
  • Jonas Yela – Academic Hourly
  • Carol Berthold – Volunteer
  • Gregory Danner – Sal-Mar Construction Project Technical Consultant

Hours Of Operation

Monday – Tuesday and Thursday – Friday: 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM and 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Wednesday: 10:00 AM – 12 PM
CLOSED: Saturdays, Sundays and some Federal Holidays, but can be opened for special tours with advanced request.

Appointments for research are required. Appointments are recommended for guided tours of the Center’s Archives and Museum collections.

Driving Directions

The Sousa Archives is located in the Harding Band Building at 1103 S. Sixth Street, Champaign, Illinois. Take Interstate 74 to exit 183 and head south on Lincoln Avenue. Travel 3 miles on Lincoln Avenue and turn right on Pennsylvania Avenue for .4 mile, and at the second stop sign turn right onto Sixth Street. Drive north through the 4-way stop and the traffic light at the Sixth Street and Gregory Drive intersection. The Harding Band Building will be on the west side of Sixth Street. Metered parking  is available on the street and in the Library Parking Lot E3 located immediately across from the band building.   If you reach Armory Avenue you will have gone too far.