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.