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Woody Guthrie’s Artwork Collection


atom_dance_120Collection Guide prepared by:

Woody Guthrie Publications staff; updated by Kate L. Blalack, Archivist

Date Range:

1939-1950s

Extent:

21 Linear Feet (6 map case drawers)

Provenance:

Marjorie Guthrie & Harold Leventhal

Scope and Contents:

Drawings and watercolors by Woody Guthrie, his families and friends. Works are in pencil, pen or brush and ink, watercolor, finger paint, and pastel. The earliest works are drawings for his column “Woody Sez” (ca. 1939) and the latest are watercolor and fingerpaint works from the mid 1950s.

Language:

Materials entirely in English and some has no linguistic content.

Collection Restrictions:

There are no access restrictions.

Usage Restrictions:

All material is copyrighted by Woody Guthrie Publications, Inc.

Arrangement:

Drawings are arranged into groups based on projects (e.g. “Bound for Glory”), or by medium and date. The groups based on media may have originated in the same tablet/portfolio (e.g. “Art Works,” 1951), or have additional stylistic or subject connections. Groups are placed in an order that approximates the original order as much as possible, using numbering, lettering or dates on the item. Items with drawings on recto and verso list recto drawing first, followed by drawing on verso. Drawings on versos are not included in the counts below in the Container list.

List of Series:

Series 1: Woody Sez Illustrations
Series 2: This is the Hand
Series 3: Dewey, Voters Registration
Series 4: Daily Almanac/Hard Hitting
Series 5: [Almanac era drawings]
Series 6: Portraits & caricatures
Series 7: Bound for Glory
Series 8: [Merchant Marine drawings]
Series 9: [Illustrations for “Sea” Manuscript]
Series 10: Drawings on long paper
Series 11: Army drawings
Series 12: So Long lyrics
Series 13: Works Songs to Grow On
Series 14: Sacco and Vanzetti drawings
Series 15: Drawings and Watercolors
Series 16: Pencil drawings and ink
Series 17: Practical Drawing tablet #1
Series 18: Practical Drawing tablet #2
Series 19: Drawings by WG and Cathy
Series 20: Crayons and pastels on construction paper
Series 21: Watercolor/construction paper/no
Series 22: Watercolor/construction paper
Series 23: Drawings, Coney Island, NYC
Series 24: Drawings of family
Series 25: What a beautiful world (1)
Series 26: What a beautiful world (2)
Series 27: What a beautiful world (3)
Series 28: [Drawings made in Los Angeles]
Series 29: Art Work (Rich Art Sketch)
Series 30: Art Works [Tablet]
Series 31: Kids songs illustrations
Series 32: Rina
Series 33: [fingerpaint?]
Series 34: Drawings by Jack Elliot
Series 35: Drawings by Cathy Guthrie
Series 36: Drawings by Arlo Guthrie
Series 37: Portraits by various artists
Series 38: Drawings by various people
Series 39: Drawings by Anneke Guthrie

Container List:

Series 1: Woody Sez Illustrations

 

Book 1 Item: 1-9 Drawer: 1

Series 2: This is the Hand

 

Book: 1 Item: 1-6 Drawer: 1
Book: 2 Item: 7-13 Drawer: 1
Book: 3 Item: 14-19 Drawer: 1

Series 3: Dewey, Voters Registration

 

 Book: 1 Item: 1-5 Drawer: 1
 Book: 2 Item: 6-10 Drawer: 1
 Book: 3 Item: 11-16 Drawer: 1

Series 4: Daily Almanac/Hard Hitting

 

Book: 1 Item: 1-8 Drawer: 1
Book: 2 Item: 9-16 Drawer: 1
Book: 3 Item: 17-24 Drawer: 1
Book: 4 Item: 25-32 Drawer: 1

Series 5: [Almanac era drawings]

 

Book: 1 Item: 1-13 Drawer: 1

Series 6: Portraits & caricatures

 

 Book: 1 Item: 1-8 Drawer: 1
Book: 2 Item: 9-14 Drawer: 1

Series 7: Bound for Glory

 

Book: 1 Item: 1-10 Drawer: 2
Book: 2 Item: 11-20 Drawer: 2
Book: 3 Item: 21-30 Drawer: 2
Book: 4 Item: 31-40 Drawer: 2
Book: 5 Item: 41-51 Drawer: 2
Book: 6 Item: 52-62 Drawer: 2
WGA ACCESSIONS: 2003-32 Artwork: Series 7 COPIES: Bound for Glory

Series 8: [Merchant Marine drawings]

 

Book: 1 Item: 1-8 Drawer:2

Series 9: [Illustrations for “Sea” Manuscript]

 

Book: 1 Item: 1-9 Drawer: 2
Book: 2 Item: 10-16 Drawer: 2
Book: 3 Item: 17-30 Drawer: 2

Series 10: Drawings on long paper

 

Book: 1 Item: 1-2 Drawer: 2

Series 11: Army drawings

 

Book: 1 Item: 1-5 Drawer: 2

Series 12: So Long lyrics

 

Book: 1 Item: 1-8 Drawer: 2
Book: 2 Item: 9-14 Drawer: 2
Book: 3 Item: 15-20 Drawer: 2

Series 13: Works Songs to Grow On

 

Book: 1 Item: 1-4 Drawer: 3

Series 14: Sacco and Vanzetti drawings

 

Book: 1 Item: 1-8 Drawer: 3

Series 15: Drawings and Watercolors

 

Book: 1 Item: 1-15 Drawer: 3

Series 16: Pencil drawings and ink

 

Book: 1 Item: 1-4 Drawer: 3

Series 17: Practical Drawing tablet #1

 

Book: 1 Items: 1-14 Drawer: 3

Series 18: Practical Drawing tablet #2

 

Book: 1 Items: 1-11 Drawer: 3

Series 19: Drawings by WG and Cathy

 

Book: 1 Item: 1-3 Drawer: 3

Series 20: Crayons and pastels on construction paper

 

Book: 1 Item: 1-7 Drawer: 3

Series 21: Watercolor/construction paper/no

 

Book: 1 Item: 1-8 Drawer: 3
Book: 2 Item: 9-16 Drawer: 3

Series 22: Watercolor/construction paper

 

Book: 1 Item: 1-8 Drawer: 3
Book: 2 Item: 9-18 Drawer: 3
Book: 3 Item: 19-28 Drawer: 3
Book: 4 Item 29-34 Drawer: 3

Series 23: Drawings, Coney Island, NYC

 

Book: 1 Item: 1-7 Drawer: 3

Series 24: Drawings of family

 

Book: 1 Item: 1-12 Drawer: 3
Book: 2 Item: 13-20 Drawer: 3

Series 25: What a beautiful world (1)

 

Book: 1 Items: 1-19 Drawer: 4

Series 26: What a beautiful world (2)

 

Book: 1 Item: 1-10 Drawer: 4
Book: 2 Item: 11-22 Drawer: 4

Series 27: What a beautiful world (3)

 

Book: 1 Item: 1-10 Drawer: 4
Book: 2 Item: 11-20 Drawer: 4

Series 28: [Drawings made in Los Angeles]

 

Book: 1 Item: 1-12 Drawer: 5

Series 29: Art Work (Rich Art Sketch)

 

Book: 1 Item: 1-12 Drawer: 5

Series 30: Art Works [Tablet]

 

Book: 1 Item: 1-12 Drawer: 5

Series 31: Kids songs illustrations

 

Book: 1 Item: 1-9 Drawer: 5

Series 32: Rina

 

Book: 1 Item: 1-5 Drawer: 5

Series 33: [fingerpaint?]

 

Book: 1 Item: 1-5 Drawer: 5

Series 34: Drawings by Jack Elliot

 

Book: 1 Item: 1-35 Drawer: 6

Series 35: Drawings by Cathy Guthrie

 

Book: 1 Item: Drawer: 6
Book: 2 Item: Drawer: 6
Book: 3 Item: Drawer: 6

Series 36: Drawings by Arlo Guthrie

 

Book: 1 Item: 1-18 Drawer: 6

Series 37: Portraits by various artists

 

Book: 1 Item: 1-17 Drawer: 6

Series 38: Drawings by various people

 

Book: 1 Item: 1-20 Drawer: 6

Series 39: Drawings by Anneke Guthrie

 

Book: 1 Item: 1-5 Drawer: 6

Series #: Framed artwork; Collage; Fan art

 

Framed artwork, collage
41 Drawing of Woody Guthrie by Anton Refrebier, donated by Lou Gordon
42 Collage of paint, clippings of music, musical instruments and a portrait of Woody Guthrie.
43 Asch Records cover art by David Martin
44 Portrait of Woody Guthrie by John Trotta
45 Six Portraits of Woody Guthrie by Patrick Geary [Accession # 2012-016]
46 Oil Painting of Woody Guthrie by Patrick Malloy [Accession # 2013-015]