As the premiere music education association in the United States, the The National Association for Music Education (NAfME), founded in 1907 as the Music Supervisors National Conference and until recently known as the Music Educators National Conference (MENC), is devoted to assessing and improving the state of music education in schools on all levels.
The NAfME Historical Center was established at the University of Maryland in 1968 and was designed to be a repository for all items which are in any way relevant to the history of music education and particularly of NAfME.
Now located within Special Collections in Performing Arts, and known interchangeably as the NAfME Archives, the NAfME Historical Center has grown to include the archives of the organization, with its many projects, programs and commitees, as well as the personal papers of many of its officers and members, and supplementary materials such as music education text book collections, community song books, research papers, and much, much more.
Because of the size of the NAfME archives, the materials have been divided into Record Groups.
See below for a list of the 26 Record Groups that make up the collections of the NAfME Historical Center.