Scope and Content of Collection
The Hugo Keesing collection on The Beatles consists of realia, ephemera, recordings, magazines, books, newspaper clippings, and sheet music relating to The Beatles, dating from 1950 to 2007. The bulk of the materials date from 1963-1980 and from 1990-2000. This collection includes collectible merchandise which dates from the 1960s, when the Beatles were active. Some of the magazines, newspaper clippings, and books are contemporaneous with the group's career, while others are in the form of tributes and remembrances from after the group disbanded. There are a significant number of magazines and newspaper clippings related to John Lennon's death in 1980. The sheet music series consists of well-known popular songs recorded by The Beatles, most of which were written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney.