Nathan Coy

Sound Archives Librarian

Nathan provides research support to users of the Archive of Recorded Sound and carries out a multitude of tasks supporting the archive.


  • MLS, Library Science, City University New York Queens College
  • Certificate in Archives, Preservation, and Records Management, City University New York Queens College
  • MA, Music, California State University Chico
  • BA, Music Composition, California State University Chico
  • BA, Music Industry and Technology: Recording Arts, California State University Chico

Professional activities 

Nathan has presented at the Music Librarians Association California Chapter meeting, the Society of California Archivists Annual General Meeting, the Society of American Archivists national convention, on use of sonata form in composition at a humanities symposium, and had an article published in the Society of American Archivists Recorded Sound Round Table newsletter.

More about me 

Prior to entering professional librarianship Nathan worked as Jazz Director, managing the on air talent and the jazz collection at an NPR affiliate. His performing experience included venues ranging from Avery Fisher Hall to the Sierra Nevada World Music Festival. He studied horn with David Jolley, Kendall Betts, and Pete Nowlen. 

Although now a permanent resident of the San Francisco Bay Area, Nathan was born and raised in the northern Sacramento valley which led Nathan to a deep commitment to preserving the history of California along with advocating for economically, culturally, and geographically underrepresented communities in the state. In addition to information equity, Nathan has an interest in the preservation of the mountains of California, deserts, valleys, and coast of California.