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Woody Guthrie Archives Digital Audio Collection


Collection Processed by: Jorge Arévalo Mateus, PhD

Collection Guide Prepared by: Original finding aid was prepared by Jorge’ Arevalo Mateus, PhD; updated by Kate L. Blalack, July 2014.

Date Range:

1935-1958 (1940-1958, bulk)

Extent:

6.5 linear feet (six record storage boxes and one document box)

Provenance:

Woody Guthrie Archives ; Accessions # 2009-16.01 – .93 (artificially created collection)

Scope and Content:

The Woody Guthrie Archives Audio Collection holds 76 ¼-inch reel-to-reel audiotapes containing original musical recordings, performances, and radio shows featuring Woody Guthrie and Guthrie family members dating between 1940-1975. In their original format, these reels could not be played back at the Woody Guthrie Archives. Due to a generous 2010 grant provided by the George Kaiser Family Foundation, all of these 76 reels are available in digital format for in-house research.

Language:

Materials Entirely in English

Access restrictions:

There are no access restrictions.

Use restrictions:

All material is subject to copyright.

Arrangement:

Items arranged by venue type.

Related Materials:

Woody Guthrie Archives Record Collection

The Ludwig K. Rubinsky Collection of Record Albums

Woody Guthrie’s Personal Record Collection

Woody Guthrie Historic Family Recordings

List of Series:

Series 1: Commercial Recordings

Series 2: Live Performances

Series 3: Radio Shows

Container Lists:

Series I: Commercial Recordings:

consists largely of copies of commercial recordings containing Guthrie’s songs. The content of many of these tapes is unclear, as there are a number of reels titled “Folk Music Collection” which may or may not be copies of each other. However, tapes containing Guthrie performing his songs are included. Whether these are copies of commercial recordings is unclear.

Title Date Original Format Research Format
Adversity
Performers: Woody Guthrie (music); Jack Peters (words)
ID#: 50
undated 1/4″ audiotape, 7″ reel Scotch/3M 202 (polyester backed) Audio CD
The Alex Bennett Show
WMCA (New York, NY)
Marjorie Guthrie, interviewee
ID#: 3
Content Note: from Lee Hays
Broadcast September 20, 1969 1/4″ audiotape, 7″ reel
Scotch/3M 200 double length (polyester backed)
Audio CD
The Alex Bennett Show: Reel 1
WMCA (New York, NY)
ID#: 2
Broadcast August 22, 1970
Recorded August 12, 1970
1/4″ audiotape, 7″ reel
Scotch/3M 200 double length (polyester backed)
Audio CD
The Alex Bennett Show: Reel 2 (radio show)
WMCA (New York, NY)
ID#: 1
Broadcast August 22, 1970
Recorded August 12, 1970
1/4″ audiotape, 7″ reel
Scotch/3M 200 double length (polyester backed)
Audio CD
Car-Car; Talkin Dust Bowl
Performer: Woody Guthrie
ID#: 10
undated 1/4″ audiotape, 5″ reel
Scotch/3M
Technical note: copied to DAT 11/25/91
Audio CD
Cisco Houston Sings the Songs of Woody Guthrie
Performer: Cisco Houston
ID#: 17
Content Note: Given by Dwaine Clay Storie to Marjorie Guthrie. Likely a copy of Vanguard Record. Box unopened
undated 1/4″ audiotape, 7″ reel
7 1/2 ips
Technical note: 4 tracks
Audio CD
Don’t You Push Me Down; Take Me Riding in a Car; Talking Dust Bowl
Performer: Woody Guthrie
ID#: 63
undated 1/4″ audiotape, 5″ reel
Scotch/3M 111 (acetate backed)
7 1/2 ips
Technical note: full track
Audio CD
Folk Music Collection: Reel 1
ID#: 57
Content Note: content listing in box
undated 1/4″ audiotape, 5″ reel
Scotch/3M 200 (polyester)
Audio CD
Folk Music Collection: Reel 1
ID#: 6
Content Note: content listing in box
undated 1/4″ audiotape, 7″ reel
Scotch/3M
Technical note: appears to be copy of item 57
Audio CD
Folk Music Collection: Reel 1 (dub)
ID#: 83
Content Note: box labeled ” Music After Seven ‘Mark Twain'”
undated 1/4″ audiotape, 10 1/2″ reel
Scotch/3M 111 RPL (polyester)
Technical note: may be copy of item 57
Audio CD
Folk Music Collection: Reel 2
ID#: 58
Content Note: content listing in box
undated 1/4″ audiotape, 5″ reel
Scotch/3M 200 (polyester)
Audio CD
Folk Music Collection: Reel 2
ID#: 7
Content Note: content listing in box
undated 1/4″ audiotape, 7″ reel
Scotch/3M
Technical note: appears to be copy of item 58
Audio CD
Folk Music Collection: Reel 2 (dub)
ID#: 84
Content Note: Box Labeled “Music After Seven ‘Ladies’ Night'”
undated 1/4″ audiotape, 10 1/2″ reel
Scotch/3M 111 H (polyester)
Technical note: appears to be copy of item 58
Audio CD
Hard Travelin’: Programs 5-8
ID#: 14
Content Note: may be from soundtrack of 1984 film
undated 1/4″ audiotape, 7″ reel
3 3/4 ips
Audio CD
Hard Travelin’: Programs 9-12
ID#: 15
Content Note: may be from soundtrack of 1984 film
undated 1/4″ audiotape, 7″ reel
3 3/4 ips
Audio CD
Hard Travelin’: Program 13
ID#: 16
Content Note: may be from soundtrack of 1984 film
undated 1/4″ audiotape, 7″ reel
3 3/4 ips
Audio CD
Untitled (“Woody Guthrie – ?”)
ID#: 26
Content Note: unknown contents
undated 1/4″ audiotape, 7″ reel
Scotch/3M
3 3/4 ips
Audio CD
V.D. Songs
ID#: 37
Content Note: content listing in box
undated 1/4″ audiotape, 7″ reel
Scotch/3M 111 (acetate)
7 1/2 ips
Technical note: mono
Audio CD
Vietnam Teach-in/Northern Line/We Shall All Be Free
Performers: Leslie Flab [sp?]
ID#: 73
Content Note: folk music sent to Marjorie Guthrie
undated 1/4″ audiotape, 3″ reel
Jay-James
3 3/4 ips
Audio CD

Series II: Live Performances:

Contains musical and theatrical performances, at venues ranging from college campuses such as the University of Southern California to Vincennes University to Dudley Rigg’s Experimental Theater Company in Minneapolis, MN. Of particular significance are reels containing stereo masters and outtakes for the album “A Tribute to Woody Guthrie, Part 1” and “A Tribute to Woody Guthrie, Part 2.” These albums were created with recordings culled from live performances of Guthrie’s songs at Carnegie Hall and the Hollywood Bowl (Los Angeles) by artists such as Arlo Guthrie, Judy Collins, Richie Havens and Joan Baez. The 1968 Carnegie Hall concert was especially significant because it was the first time that Bob Dylan – backed by The Band – performed after his motorcycle accident in 1966.

Title Date Original Format Research Format
Adversity
Performers: Woody Guthrie (music); Jack Peters (words)
ID#: 50
undated Audio CD
A Report of Activities of Marjorie Mazia: Reel 1
Performers: Marjorie Guthrie
Venue: Glassboro, NJ
ID#: 61
Content Note: “Questions/interviews with children MG’s seeing for first time. Teaching demo of dance class for pre-school children”
Recorded April 13, 1957 Recorded April 13, 19571/4″ audiotape, 5″ reel Audio CD
A Report of Activities of Marjorie Mazia: Reel 2
Performers: Marjorie Guthrie
Venue: Glassboro, NJ
ID#: 62
Content Note: “Questions/interviews with children MG’s seeing for first time. Teaching demo of dance class for pre-school children”
Recorded April 13, 1957 1/4″ audiotape, 5″ reel Audio CD
Born to Win; We Ain’t Down Yet; Thinking About You; The Prophet Singer; No Beaches in Magic City; Gifts from the Sea; Pushing the Clouds Away; Home to the Sea
Performers: Jess Pearson
ID#: 64
Content Note: Jess Pearson reads prose selections by WG; content listing on box; 17 minutes
Recorded December 5, 1968 1/4″ audiotape, 5″ reel Audio CD
Sam Goody TM-900
3 3/4 ipsAudio CDI Remember Woody
Performers: Earl Robinson, introduction by Sidney Harmon
Venue: Oakwood School, North Hollywood, CA
ID#: 9
Content Note: singing lecture
Recorded January 8, 1968 Recorded January 8, 19681/4″ audiotape, 7″ reel
Audiotape Formula 10 – All Purpose (mylar)
3 3/4 ips
Technical note: recorded only on one side
Audio CD
Speech Class at Dance Studio
Performers: Irene Malin
ID#: 60
undated 1/4″ audiotape, 5″ reel
Scotch/3M 200 (polyester)
Audio CD
The Life of Woody Guthrie: California to the New York Island
ID#: 25
Content Note: may be a c ollege concert
Recorded 1975 1/4″ audiotape, 7″ reel
BASF
Audio CD
Untitled (“Woody #2”)
Venue: University of Southern California
ID#: 48
Content Note: Theatrical adaptation of Woody Guthrie’s work; program in box
Recorded 1970 1/4″ audiotape, 7″ reel
Sony PR-150 (polyester)
Audio CD
Woody Guthrie Hootenanny: Reel 1
Venue: Town Hall (New York, NY)
ID#: 38
Recorded April 17, 1965 1/4″ audiotape, 7″ reel
Technical note: recorded on both sides
Audio CD
Woody Guthrie Hootenanny: Reel 2
Venue: Town Hall (New York, NY)
ID#: 39
Recorded April 17, 1965 1/4″ audiotape, 7″ reel Audio CD
Woody Guthrie Hootenanny: Reel 3
Venue: Town Hall (New York, NY)
ID#: 40
Recorded April 17, 1965 1/4″ audiotape, 7″ reel Audio CD
Woody Guthrie Tribute Concert: Carnegie Hall (January 20, 1968)
Performers: Arlo Guthrie; Will Geer; Robert Ryan; Odetta; Bob Dylan; Judy Collins; Richie Havens; Tom Paxton
Venue: Carnegie Hall
ID#: 87
Content Note: revised safety, side B; content listing in box
Dated November 5, 1971 1/4″ Reel-to-reel tape Audio CD
 Woody Guthrie Tribute Concert: Carnegie Hall (January 20, 1968)
Performers: Arlo Guthrie; Will Geer; Robert Ryan; Odetta; Bob Dylan; Judy Collins; Richie Havens; Tom Paxton
Venue: Carnegie Hall
ID#: 90
Content Note: stereo outtakes; content listing in box
Dated November 5, 1971 1/4″ audiotape, 10 1/2″ reel
Scotch/3M 202 H (polyester)1/4″ Reel-to-reel tape
Audio CD
 Woody Guthrie Tribute Concert: Carnegie Hall (January 20, 1968)
Performers: Arlo Guthrie; Will Geer; Robert Ryan; Odetta; Bob Dylan; Judy Collins; Richie Havens; Tom Paxton
Venue: Carnegie Hall
ID#: 86
Content Note: stereo safety side A; content listing in box
Dated November 5, 1971  1/4″ audiotape, 10 1/2″ reel
Scotch/3M 202 H (polyester)1/4″ Reel-to-reel tape
Audio CD
 Woody Guthrie Tribute Concert: Carnegie Hall (January 20, 1968)
Performers: Arlo Guthrie; Will Geer; Robert Ryan; Odetta; Bob Dylan; Judy Collins; Richie Havens; Tom Paxton
Venue: Carnegie Hall
ID#: 88
Content Note: stereo safety side D; content listing in box
Dated November 5, 1971  1/4″ audiotape, 10 1/2″ reel
Scotch/3M 202 H (polyester)1/4″ Reel-to-reel tape
Audio CD
Woody Guthrie Tribute Concert: Carnegie Hall (January 20, 1968)
Performers: Arlo Guthrie; Will Geer; Robert Ryan; Odetta; Bob Dylan; Judy Collins; Richie Havens; Tom Paxton
Venue: Carnegie Hall
ID#: 89
Content Note: stereo safety side D; content listing in box
Dated November 5, 1971  1/4″ audiotape, 10 1/2″ reel
Scotch/3M 202 H (polyester)1/4″ Reel-to-reel tape
Audio CD
Woody Guthrie Tribute Concert: Hollywood Bowl (September 12, 1970)
Performers: Judy Collins; Robert Ryan; Tom Paxton; Richie Havens; Joan Baez; Peter Fonda; Country Joe McDonald; Will Geer; Earl Robinson; Jack Elliott; Odetta
Venue: Hollywood Bowl
ID#: 92
Content Note: stereo master
Dated June 16, 1971 1/4″ audiotape, 10 1/2″ reel
Ampex 434 (polyester)
Audio CD
 Woody Guthrie Tribute Concert: Hollywood Bowl (September 12, 1970)
Performers: Judy Collins; Robert Ryan; Tom Paxton; Richie Havens; Joan Baez; Peter Fonda; Country Joe McDonald; Will Geer; Earl Robinson; Jack Elliott; Odetta
Venue: Hollywood Bowl
ID#: 93
Content Note: stereo master
Dated June 18, 1971 1/4″ audiotape, 10 1/2″ reel
Scotch/3M 202 H (polyester)
Audio CD
 Woody Guthrie Tribute Concert: Hollywood Bowl (September 12, 1970)
Performers: Judy Collins; Robert Ryan; Tom Paxton; Richie Havens; Joan Baez; Peter Fonda; Country Joe McDonald; Will Geer; Earl
Robinson; Jack Elliott; Odetta
Venue: Hollywood Bowl
ID#: 91
Content Note: stereo remix; content listing in box
Dated June 15, 1971  1/4″ audiotape, 10 1/2″ reel
Scotch/3M 202 H (polyester)
Audio CD
Woody Guthrie: Child of Dust: Reel 1
Performers: Tom Taylor
Venue: Vincennes University (Vincennes, IN)
ID#: 22
Recorded May 17, 1977  1/4″ audiotape, 7″ reel
Certron
7 ips
Audio CD
Woody Guthrie: Child of Dust: Reel 2
Performers: Tom Taylor
Venue: Vincennes University (Vincennes, IN)
ID#: 23
Content Note: theatrical performance
Recorded May 17, 1977  1/4″ audiotape, 7″ reel
Sony PR-150 (polyester)
Audio CD
Woody Sez
Performers: Phillip Rayher (Compiler and Director)
Venue: Dudley Rigg’s Experimental Theater Company (Minneapolis, MN)
ID#: 24
Content Note: theatrical performance
 Recorded January 1976  1/4″ audiotape, 7″ reel
Memorex
3 3/4 ips
Audio CD
The Woody Guthrie Story/George Lorrie’s Grand Concert of Folk Music
WNCN (New York, NY) Millard Lampell, host ID#: 59 Content Note: copies of 78 rpm discs
Broadcast April 13, 1959 1/4″ audiotape, 5″ reel Scotch/3M 200 (polyester) Audio CD
Adversity
Performers: Woody Guthrie (music); Jack Peters (words)
ID#: 50
undated  Audio CD

Series III – Radio Shows:

contains recordings of radio shows ranging from 1940 to 1975. Most of these shows are memorial and tribute programs broadcast shortly before or after Guthrie’s death in 1967 on stations across the continental United States. A significant number also include interview segments with Marjorie Mazia Guthrie. The collection also includes rare recordings of Guthrie performances on radio stations in the United States and abroad, including “Woody Guthrie’s Children’s Hour,” recorded for the British Broadcasting Company in London in 1944 while Guthrie was on active duty with the Merchant Marine, and a recording of Guthrie performing “High Floods Low Waters” on Oscar Brand’s WNYC radio show in 1940.

Title Date Original Format Research Format
Bound for Glory
Kerry Fagelman, producer and director ID#: 47 Content Note: “a radio program on Woody Guthrie, his music, his writing, and the man”; 2 1/2 hoursundated1/4″ audiotape, 7″ reel Sunset (Interphoto Corp) 1800A (acetate) 3 3/4 ipsAudio CDBound for Glory: Reel 1
National Public Radio ID#: 33
Broadcast 1975  1/4″ audiotape, 7″ reel Scotch/3M 7 1/2 ips Audio CD
Bound for Glory: Reel 2
National Public Radio ID#: 34
Broadcast 1975 1/4″ audiotape, 7″ reel Scotch/3M 7 1/2 ips Audio CD
Bound for Glory: Reel 3
National Public Radio ID#: 35
Broadcast 1975 1/4″ audiotape, 7″ reel Scotch/3M 7 1/2 ips Audio CD
Bound for Glory: Reel 4
National Public Radio ID#: 36
Broadcast 1975 1/4″ audiotape, 7″ reel Scotch/3M 7 1/2 ips Audio CD
Bound for Glory: Reel 1
British Broadcasting Company Ann Catchpole, producer Recorded on ID#: 31
April 10, 1968 1/4″ audiotape, 7″ reel 7 1/2 ips Technical note: recording information in box. Tape number LLN42TQ877 Audio CD
Bound for Glory: Reel 2
British Broadcasting Company Ann Catchpole, producer ID#: 30
Broadcast April 10, 1968 1/4″ audiotape, 7″ reel Emitape 7 1/2 ips Technical note: Tape number LLN42TQ877 Audio CD
Grand Concert of Folk Music
Millard Lampell, host ID#: 11 Content Note: content listing on box
undated 1/4″ audiotape, 7″ reel Lafayette Radio Audio CD
High Floods Low Waters
WNYC (New York, NY) Woody Guthrie, performer; Oscar Brand, host ID#: 74 Content Note: from Oscar Brand
Recorded 1940 1/4″ audiotape, 3″ reel RCA 15A1 PM Audio CD
Broadcast July 19641/4″ audiotape, 10 1/2″ reel Scotch/3M LR 1278 7 1/2 ips Technical note: mono; experimental binder formulationAudio CDMarjorie Guthrie: Reel 1
ID#: 44 Content Note: Produced by Columbia Records
Recorded May 31, 1972 1/4″ audiotape, 7″ reel 7 1/2 ips Audio CD
Audio CDThe Many Faces of Folk Music Program #5: Reel I
United States Armed Forces Radio Service , KFOX (Long Beach, CA) Hugh Cherry, host ID#: 27
undated 1/4″ audiotape, 7″ reel Scotch/3M Audio CD
 The Many Faces of Folk Music Program #5: Reel II ( radio show ) United States Armed Forces Radio Service , KFOX (Long Beach, CA) Hugh Cherry, host ID#: 21 undated  1/4″ audiotape, 7″ reel Audio CD
 The Martins & The Coys
British Broadcasting Company ID#: 8
 undated  1/4″ audiotape, 7″ reel Audiotape Formula 10 – All Purpose (acetate Audio CD
 Observation Point
Marjorie Guthrie, interviewee; Duncan McDonald, host ID#: 12 Content Note: content listing on box
Broadcast July 25, 1966  1/4″ audiotape, 7″ reel Scotch/3M 111 (acetate) Audio CD
The Passing Scene #393
Voice of America Woody Guthrie, performer; Bing Crosby, performer; Logan English, performer; Valentine Pringle, performer; Jim Parisi, host ID#: 85 Content Note: index and transcript in box
Broadcast May 4, 1966  1/4″ audiotape, 10 1/2″ reel Scotch/3M 111 (acetate) Audio CD
 Si Zentner Show
KLAV (Las Vegas, NV) Marjorie Guthrie, interviewee ID#: 66
undated 1/4″ audiotape, 5″ reel Audio CD
Something to Say
WFLFN (Philadelphia, PA) Taylor Grant, host ID#: 75Content Note: Editorial tribute to Woody Guthrie, one day after Guthrie’s death
Broadcast October 4, 1967  1/4″ audiotape, 3″ reel Audiotape 3.25 PB (polyester) Audio CD
Untitled radio show: Reel 1
WQXR (New York, NY) ID#: 4
Broadcast July 17, 1966 1/4″ audiotape, 7″ reel Scotch/3M RB-7 (polyester) Audio CD
Woody Guthrie “Folk Music”
WQXR (New York, NY) ID#: 82 Content Note: dub
Broadcast August 9, 1964 1/4″ audiotape, 10 1/2″ reel Scotch/3M 111 (acetate) Audio CD
Woody Guthrie Children’s Hour
British Broadcasting Company Woody Guthrie, performer ID#: 32 Content Note: access copy exists
Broadcast July 7, 1944 1/4″ audiotape, 7″ reel Scotch/3M 7 1/2 ips Audio CD
Woody Guthrie Day
CBS Radio Mike Wallace, host ID#: 43
Broadcast July 14, 1971 1/4″ audiotape, 7″ reel Sony R7-A Audio CD
Woody Guthrie Memorial Program
WAVA-FM (Washington, DC) ID#: 20 Content Note: letter in box
Broadcast October 29, 1967 1/4″ audiotape, 7″ reel Audio CD
Woody Guthrie Memorial Program: Reel 1
WQXR (New York, NY) ID#: 28
Broadcast March 1964 1/4″ audiotape, 7″ reel Scotch/3M 7 1/2 ips Audio CD
Woody’s Children
WQXR (New York, NY) ID#: 19
Broadcast July 12, 1969 1/4″ audiotape, 7″ reel Scotch/3M (polyester backed) Audio CD