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Primary source documents from Lena Spencer's original archives, the Lively Lucys Collection, and the collection of Lena's niece, Jan Nargi. Memorabilia includes over 32 boxes of letters, posters, press kits, photographs, business records, playbills, scripts, publications etc.


Over 700 live performance recordings made at Caffè Lena by both amateur and professional sound engineers between 1967-2013. Collecting initiated by Steve Rosenthal of Magic Shop Studio. Original formats span the range of recorded technology from reel-to-reel tapes to digital files. Fair use enables us to provide 30 second audio samples for educational purposes. To hear/research the full original recordings please contact the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress. For licensing requests please refer to our Licensing Page.


Over 6,000 black and white photographs made by Joe Alper at Caffè Lena between 1960-1967. Catalogued and digitized by Edward Elbers.