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Sousa Archives &

Center for American Music

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign


Uncover and discover America’s grand musical heritage! The Sousa Archives and Center for American Music holds the world’s largest collection of original music compositions by John Philip Sousa.


In addition, historical sound recordings, photographs, music instruments, and sound recording machines document the American band movement, electronic and avant-garde music, world music, and rock and roll in Champaign-Urbana.


Our exhibitions allow visitors to actively experience the sights, sounds, and stories of America’s exciting musical past. Knowledgeable staff members provide tours to both small and large groups, and special concerts on our historical instruments are performed regularly throughout the community.


Let us be your first stop for all your musical adventures.


Monday – Tuesday: 8:30am – 12pm & 1 – 5pm 

Wednesday: 10am – 12pm & 1 – 5pm 

Thursday – Friday: 8:30am – 12pm & 1 – 5pm 

CLOSED weekends 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. 

Phone: 217-244-9309



Harding Band Building

1103 S 6th St.

Champaign, IL 61820

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Free Admission

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