The collection consists of sound recordings, manuscript musical arrangements, photographs, correspondence, promotional materials,
posters, gold albums, awards, books, and ephemera from just prior to the founding of A & M Records in 1962 to a few years
after its sale to Polygram in 1989, while Jerry Moss and Herb Alpert were still affiliated with the label.
Founded in 1962 in Los Angeles, California by Jerry Moss and Herb Alpert, A&M Records became America's largest independent
record company. Both men were born in 1935, Alpert in Los Angeles and Moss in New York. The two met in the early 1960s, when
Alpert was writing and recording songs and Moss was an independent record promoter. Their social acquaintance quickly became
a partnership when in 1962 the two formed Carnival Records, based in Alpert's garage. With contributions of $100 from each
man, the company released the single "Tell It to the Birds." After discovering later that year that the Carnival name was
already in use, Alpert and Moss created the company's new name from the initials of their last names.
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