Woody Guthrie was deeply immersed in Jewish culture in the 1940s. He married into a Jewish family and spent several years living in the vibrant Jewish community of Coney Island, Brooklyn. As a result, Hanukkah songs were not an altogether unfamiliar territory for him to explore. In November of 1949 Guthrie wrote approximately 10 songs […]
During his time in California Woody favored himself a newspaper columnist. His dry wit and skill with an artist’s pen added to the popularity of his column “Woody Sez,” in the People’s Daily World, a progressive newspaper of the time. Here in the archives we have a bound volume from 1939 of this newspaper, which features […]
We are please to announce our continued partnership with BMI Foundation to encourage and support academic research in our archives. The filing period for proposals is now open until Wednesday, February 1, 2017. First established in 2005, the Woody Guthrie Fellowship seeks to encourage unique exploration into the life and legacy of one of the most […]
A beautiful Alvarez acoustic guitar, donated by Guitar House in Tulsa, signed by all the artists who performed at the 3rd Annual Woody Guthrie Prize, Kris Kristofferson, Ramblin’ Jack Elliott, Rodney Crowell, John Flynn, Danny Timms, and Scott Musick.
We are especially pleased to announce our recent acquisitions to the Woody Guthrie Center Archives. Since our inception, we have been continually growing our research materials and adding historically-relevant contextual information to strengthen our base. We find so much value in learning more about how Woody’s contributions to the realms of social justice, music, and […]