E. Victor & Judith Wolfenstein Research Collection
- Series 1: Media – ¼” reel-to-reel tapes (2003-73.1)
- Series 2: Media – Cassette tapes (2003-73.2)
- Series 3: Manuscripts (2003-73.3)
- Series 4: Periodicals (2003-73.4)
- Series 5: Printed Material (2003-73.5)
- Series 6: Correspondence (2003-73.6)
- Series 7: Song Lyrics (2003-73.7)
- Series 8: Personal Papers (2003-73.8)
- Series 9: Business Documents (2003-73.9)
Collection Processed by: Jorge Arévalo Mateus, PhD
Collection Guide Prepared by: Original finding aid was prepared by Jorge’ Arevalo Mateus, PhD; updated by Steven Putt, Intern & Tiffany Colannino, Archivist – Woody Guthrie Archives. August 2012; updated by Kate L. Blalack, December 2013
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E. Victor Wolfenstein
E. (Eugene) Victor Wolfenstein (1940-2010) was a Professor of Political Science at University of California, Los Angeles from 1965-2010. Over the course of his career, Wolfenstein published prolifically in topics including political, psychoanalytic, and critical theory, and on subjects including Karl Marx, Sigmund Freud, W.E.B. DuBois, Friedrich Nietzsche, and Malcolm X. Wolfenstein received degrees from Columbia College (BA ’62); Princeton University (MA ’64; PhD ’65); and the Southern California Psychoanalytic Institute (PhD ’84). He was the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1974-75.
Beginning in 1967, E. Victor and his wife Judith began gathering primary source material related to the life, family, and friends of Woody Guthrie. Until 1974, the Wolfensteins conducted extensive research on Guthrie, gathering copies of materials, including correspondence, articles, manuscripts, and audio recordings from archives and collections across the United States. The Wolfensteins also conducted oral history interviews with individuals who knew Guthrie, focusing on Guthrie family members and friends from Oklahoma and Texas. The collection also includes the Wolfenstein’s personal research notes, and transcriptions of several of the oral history interviews. This research did not culminate in a publication or production, and the relationship between Guthrie and the Wolfensteins is unclear; however, it is possible that their research may have been the groundwork for an abandoned biography of Woody Guthrie. In 2003, E. Victor Wolfenstein donated this research collection to the Woody Guthrie Archives.
The collection consists of 1 linear foot of material, including ½’ of paper documents (photocopies of manuscripts, correspondence, song lyrics, other printed material; original copies of periodicals; and the personal research papers of E. Victor and Judith); 3 ¼” reel-to-reel magnetic audiotapes; and 31 audiocassette tapes featuring interviews conducted by E. Victor or Judith. All material in the collection is in English.
Material entirely in English.
There are no access restrictions, however, the Archives does not have the capacity to play back this audio in-house. Transcriptions exist for some of the tapes (See: 2003-73.8: – Personal Papers). All material is protected by copyright.
In July 1979 the publication Westways reprinted two of the Woody Guthrie Hollywood Tribune articles found in this collection (2003-73.5) with an introduction written by Judith Wolfenstein under the title “Okay Okie.”
Original order of series has been preserved.
List of Series:
Series 1: Media – ¼” reel-to-reel tapes
Series 2: Media – Cassette tapes
Series 3: Manuscripts
Series 4: Periodicals
Series 5: Printed Material
Series 6: Correspondence
Series 7: Song Lyrics
Series 8: Personal Papers
Series 9: Business Documents
Contains three (3) 7” reels of ¼” reel-to-reel magnetic audio tape
|Reel 1||Original box missing; no label on reel|
|Reel 2||Original box missing; label on reel “Guthrie II”|
|Reel 3||Original box reads “Guthrie Tapes from D.K. Wilgus.” Contains note inside box:
Contains thirty one (31) audiocassette tapes of interviews conducted by E. Victor or Judy Wolfenstein. Tapes are arranged alphabetically by interviewee, based on label content, as follows:
|Box 2 Tape 1||Moses Asch|
|Box 2 Tape 2||Mary Boyle 12/28/71; Pomona, CA|
|Box 2 Tape 3||Mary Boyle- II|
|Box 2 Tape 4||Will Geer #1 & 2|
|Box 2 Tape 5||Will Geer 3|
|Box 2 Tape 6||George Guthrie|
|Box 2 Tape 7||Jeff Guthrie- September 28-29, 1971|
|Box 2 Tape 8||Jeff Guthrie, Aileen Guthrie, Cluster Baker- September 1-2, 1942|
|Box 2 Tape 9||Jeff Guthrie|
|Box 2 Tape 10||Mary Jo Guthrie- September 25, 1971|
|Box 2 Tape 11||Shorty Harris- September 26, 1971|
|Box 2 Tape 12||Shorty Harris (concluded), Reefe Jordan, Jeff Guthrie|
|Box 2 Tape 13||Butch Hawes|
|Box 2 Tape 14||Butch Hawes (side 1); George Guthrie (side 2)|
|Box 2 Tape 15||Lee Hayes II- March 11, 1972|
|Box 2 Tape 16||Lee Hayes- I|
|Box 2 Tape 17||Lee Hayes- III|
|Box 2 Tape 18||Joe Jaffe- Guthrie interview, Berkeley, CA- December 27, 1969|
|Box 2 Tape 19||Matt Jennings|
|Box 2 Tape 20||Matt Jennings- El Paso, 1/9/71 I|
|Box 2 Tape 21||Matt Jennings- III|
|Box 2 Tape 22||Matt Jennings- tape case has postage stamps on it|
|Box 2 Tape 23||Colonel Martin- September 24, 1971|
|Box 2 Tape 24||Clara Robins- December 28, 1969 Guthrie interview|
|Box 2 Tape 25||Ed Robins- December 28, 1969 Guthrie interview|
|Box 2 Tape 26||Robinson- 1st session, 2nd part|
|Box 2 Tape 27||Earl Robinson- stored in “scotch magnetic tape 150” box labeled “Robinson on Woody” on spine and “1-8-68, I Remember Woody, 3 ¾ / Oakwood School, North Hollywood (Earl Robinson) (4 sides) [Who is H.S. principal?] introducer?]” Cassette labeled “Robinson 1,” and “Robinson II.”|
|Box 2 Tape 28||Earl Robinson- stored in “scotch magnetic tape 150” box labeled “Robinson on Woody” on spine and “1-8-68, I Remember Woody, 3 ¾ / Oakwood School, North Hollywood (Earl Robinson) (4 sides) [Who is H.S. principal?] introducer?]” Cassette labeled “Robinson 3,” and “Robinson 4.”|
|Box 2 Tape 29||Earl Robinson, 1st session- June 9, 1971|
|Box 2 Tape 30||Earl Robinson, 2nd session-, part 2|
|Box 2 Tape 31||Earl Robinson- Robinson part II “fucked up tape”|
|Box 1 Folders 2 – 4||Guthrie, Woody. “House of Earth.” No date. Typed manuscript with original binder. (photocopy) (3 Folders)|
|Box 1 Folder 5||“Songs to Grow On.” No date. Typed manuscript. (photocopy)|
|Box 1 Folder 6||Logsdon, Guy. “Woody Guthrie and the Dustbowl.” 1970. Typed manuscript with handwritten notes. (photocopy) Logsdon, Guy. “Tragedy in Oklahoma: The 1930’s.” March 30, 1970. Typed manuscript with handwritten notes. (photocopy) August 24, 1970 letter from Guy Logsdon to Victor Wolfenstein included.|
|Box 1 Folder 7||Reuss, Richard A. “Woody Guthrie and His Folk Tradition.” Journal of American Folklore, v83, n329 July- September 1970. Typed manuscript.|
|Box 1 Folder 8||Sing Out! magazine. December/January, 1967/68. Contains previously unpublished lyrics, writing, and artwork by Woody Guthrie and article “The Ballad of Chanukah” by Moses Asch.;
University of Tulsa Magazine, Fall 1970. Includes article by Guy Logsdon, “Woody Guthrie: Poet of the People.”; Four Woody Guthrie Newsletters: November 1961; September 1964; June 1966; January 1968 Published by The Guthrie Children’s Trust Fund.
|Box 1 Folder 9
||Guthrie, C.E. Procrastination if the Thief of Time. Okemah, September 1912. (photocopy); Guthrie, C.E. Kumrids: a Discussion of Scientific Socialism. Ledger Print: Okemah, 1912. (photocopy)|
|Box 1 Folder 10||Guthrie, Woody. $30 Wood Help! Los Angeles: self published, 1939 (photocopy)|
|Box 1 Folder 11||Four articles from “The Hollywood Tribune.” (photostat): Guthrie, Woody. “Hollerwood Bolevard.” The Hollywood Tribune. [Los Angeles] Monday, July 31, 1939: p7.;
Guthrie, Woody. “Skid Row.” The Hollywood Tribune. [Los Angeles] Monday, August 7, 1939: p7.
; Guthrie, Woody. “Sunshine an Vitafones.” The Hollywood Tribune. [Los Angeles] Monday, August 14, 1939: p14.; Guthrie, Woody. “False Fronts.” The Hollywood Tribune. [Los Angeles] Monday, August 21, 1939: p14.
|Box 1 Folder 12||Seeger, Pete, Phil Ochs, Gordon Friesen, and Josh Dunson. “Woody Guthrie: A Tribute.” Reprinted from Mainstream magazine, August 1963 by The Guthrie Children’s Trust Fund.|
|Box 1 Folder 13||Reuss, Richard A. A Woody Guthrie Bibliography: 1912-1967. The Guthrie Children’s Trust Fund: New York, 1967.|
|Box 1 Folder 14||Okemah Newspaper articles (photostat):
|Box 1 Folder 15||Miscellaneous articles (photocopies)
|Box 1 Folder 16||“Should Pete Seeger go to Jail?” Pamphlet published by “Friends of Pete Seeger” with note, “correspondence and inquiries should be sent to Harold Leventhal.” Features “Statement in Court by Pete Seeger” dated April 4, 1961; “A Musical Tribute to Woody Guthrie.” Swapping Song Fair Inc. presents A Musical Tribute to Woody Guthrie: Bound for Glory. The Pythian, March 17, 1956. (photocopy)|
|Box 1 Folder 17||Clippings of assorted periodicals related to Woody Guthrie circa 1970-74|
|Box 1 Folder 18||Correspondences From Woody Guthrie to miscellaneous recipients. Includes one letter from Marjorie Guthrie to the Earl Robinson family and one letter from Jeff Guthrie to the Woody Guthrie family.
|Box 1 Folder 19||Correspondence To Woody Guthrie
|Box 1 Folder 20||Miscellaneous Correspondence
|Box 1 Folder 21||Contains photocopies of four songs written by Woody Guthrie.
|Box 1 Folder 22||Contains handwritten or typed research notes prepared by E. Victor or Judith Wolfenstein.
|Box 1 Folder 23||Contains a one-page sheet outlining expenses and revenues for Woody Guthrie Children’s Trust Fund, 1956/57. The Guthrie Children’s Trust Fund Financial Statement. March 1956 to May 15, 1957. Submitted by: Harold Leventhal, Trustee, 5/15/57. (photocopy)|