About the Avery Fisher Center
The Avery Fisher Center (AFC) resides on Floor 2 of Bobst Library. Our video collection (DVDs, blu-rays, and videocassettes) contains an extensive variety of classic and contemporary feature films from the U.S. and around the world, as well as TV series, stage and concert performances, documentaries, and art films. Our audio collection (CDs and vinyl discs) is also international in scope, offering an in-depth representation of music both contemporary and historical from the widest spectrum of classical, traditional, and popular artists.
Who was Avery Fisher?
Avery Robert Fisher (1906-1994) was a graduate of New York University (B.S., 1929), a pioneer in the field of audio technology, and the founder of Fisher Electronics, one of the world’s leading purveyors in the 1950s-1960s of high-quality consumer audio equipment. The transistorized amplifier and the integrated radio-phonograph combo were among his distinctive contributions as a technological innovator. As a philanthropist with a lifelong passion for music, Fisher made possible the renovation of New York’s Philharmonic Hall at Lincoln Center, which in 1976 was re-inaugurated in his honor as the Avery Fisher Hall. He also endowed the Avery Fisher Prize, awarded to this day to musicians of outstanding accomplishment. His generous gift to NYU brought into being Bobst Library’s Avery Fisher Center for Music and Media, which opened in 1986.