CLEVELAND-- The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum announced today that they will be collaborating with KLRU-TV in Austin to preserve 37 years of the award-winning television show 'Austin City Limits.'

The 'Austin City Limits' Collection, which will be housed at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Library and Archives, contains more than 800 performances by different artists recorded in front of a live audience dating back to 1975.

Photos: 2012 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction

As new shows are produced, the collection will grow, creating a living archive.

Because of the Rock Hall's strong commitment to preserving the history of rock'n' roll, this collection will be available to the public and to scholars in the fields of musicology, ethnomusicology and cultural studies, just to name a few.

Photos: Rock Hall Induction press room 2012

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum as well as KLRU-TV in Austin hope that the addition of this collection will not only benefit the fans, but also the study of popular music throughout the world.

"'Austin City Limits' uniquely represents more than three decades of some of modern music's most significant artists and their performances-from iconic musicians to cutting-edge talent," said TerryStewart, president and CEO of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. "It's one of the most significant archives that documents the American culture and 'Austin City Limits' shares our mission of celebrating and interpreting popular music's impact on our world."

Photos: Rock Hall concert at the Q 2012

Inspired by the music scene that continues to thrive in Austin, 'ACL' has for 37 years presented viewing audiences with live concerts from many of the world's most acclaimed, accomplished and pioneering talent. At the same time, the show has represented Austin laying the foundation for the city's reputation as the Live Music Capital.

"We are honored to have our collection preserved in perpetuity at the museum as it will allow us to focus our resources on continuing to produce great television," said Terry Lickona, executive producer of 'Austin City Limits.' "We are the longest running music television show in history and intend to keep doing it well into the future."

Collection highlights:

  • 37 years of content comprised of audio and video recordings, photographs and documents.
  • Features more than 800 artists and more than 40 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees.
  • More than 5,500 audio and video recordings of all broadcast programs comprising the Austin City Limits television show.
  • Additional performance footage and audio not included in broadcast.
  • 40 linear feet of archival documents (contracts, printed programs, tickets, other records and ephemera).
  • More than 270,000 slides, transparencies, negatives, prints and digital images relating to the performances.