Harold Leventhal Collection

Harold Leventhal Collection

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Harold Leventhal Collection Of Business Papers and Records

Collection Number: 2013-001

Collection Processed by: Jorge Arévalo Mateus, PhD

Collection Guide Prepared by:

Original finding aid was prepared by Jorge’ Arevalo Mateus, PhD; updated by Tiffany Colannino; updated by Kate L. Blalack, December 2013.

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2.7 linear feet


The Harold Leventhal business offices.

Biographical Sketch:

Harold Leventhal (1919-2005) was a prominent music and concert producer, promoter, and manager whose company, Harold Leventhal Management, Inc., was based in New York City in the same office now occupied by the Woody Guthrie Foundation and Archives. Leventhal’s work played a foundational role in the folk music revival in the 1950s and 1960s. He worked with artists such as Joan Baez; Harry Belafonte; Johnny Cash; Judy Collins; Bob Dylan; Arlo Guthrie; Joni Mitchell; The New Lost City Ramblers; Phil Ochs; Odetta; Tom Paxton; Peter, Paul and Mary; Jean Ritchie; Pete Seeger; Earl Scruggs; The Weavers; Neil Young; and others. Levethal also introduced numerous international musicians to American audiences, including French artist Jaques Brel, South African singer Miriam Makeba, Greek singer Nana Mouskouri, Scottish singer Jean Redpath, and Indian classical musician and composer Ravi Shankar. He was Woody Guthrie’s business manager, his executor, and assisted in the creation of the Woody Guthrie Foundation and Archives. Leventhal was most active with Guthrie beginning in 1955, assisting the family with business concerns after Guthrie was diagnosed with Huntington’s disease. After Guthrie’s death in 1967, Leventhal continued to work closely with Guthrie’s second wife, Marjorie Mazia Guthrie, and then her second daughter with Guthrie, Nora Lee Guthrie, to promote Guthrie’s life and legacy. As a result, the majority of materials in the Harold Leventhal Collection span the 1950s to the 1980s. During this period, Leventhal produced two major concerts dedicated to Guthrie: the 1968 Tribute Concert at Carnegie Hall and the 1970 Tribute at the Hollywood Bowl. Leventhal produced the 1976 film adaptation of Guthrie’s Bound for Glory, as well as Guthrie’s son, Arlo’s, 1969 film Alice’s Restaurant. Harold Leventhal passed away on October 4, 2005 in New York City after a short illness.

Scope and Content:

The Harold Leventhal Collection (HLC) contains documents gathered and maintained by Leventhal in his role as Woody Guthrie’s business manager and executor. The HLC contains a wide variety of documents, the bulk of which concern Guthrie’s professional career, including business papers, contracts, promotional material, and personal correspondence; as well as material relating to Guthrie’s legacy, such as articles written about Guthrie, published reviews of Guthrie’s work, and scripts, flyers, tickets, and other material relating to tribute events honoring Guthrie. The HLC also contains copies of material gathered by Leventhal in preparation for the 1992 book, edited by Leventhal and David Marsh, Pastures of Plenty: A Self Portrait. The Unpublished Writings of an American Folk Hero. In addition, the HLC contains memoirs of Woody Guthrie, written by those who knew him, including Pete Seeger and Cisco Houston.

In addition to material relating to Woody Guthrie, The HLC also includes significant materials relating to some of the artists with whom Leventhal worked, including three folders of business papers regarding Cisco Houston and several folders of concert posters and fliers for the many folk music concerts Leventhal promoted, as well as photographs of musicians whom Leventhal managed.


Materials entirely in English.

Collection Restrictions:

Due to the sensitive nature of the personal information contained within some of these files, some materials may be restricted. Please consult the archivist for further information. This collection is subject to copyright restrictions.


The HLC is organized into thirteen series, which are housed alphabetically in eight boxes. Folder numbers begin with 001, and run continually through each series, ending with 127. Folders within each series are arranged alphabetically, and contents within each folder are arranged chronologically. Where available and practical, bulk and inclusive dates are provided on folder titles. A brief definition of each series is provided following the series title. Please include box number (i.e. 1) and folder number (i.e. 001) when referring to items within the HLC or when requesting material for reference purposes.

List of Series:

Series 1: Academic Publications, 1966-1969

Series 2: Biographical Materials, 1929; 1963-1975; n/d

Series 3: Business Papers, c. 1950-1965

Series 4: Clippings, 1940-1992

Series 5: Correspondence, 1942-1987

Series 6: Ephemera, 1950-1991

Series 7: Manuscripts, 1939-1990

Series 8: Memoirs, 1955-1976

Series 9: Photographs, 1949-1982

Series 10: Research Papers, 1971-1989

Series 11: Scripts—Television, radio, and theatrical, 1962-1982

Series 12: Subject Files, 1968-1985

Series 13: Tributes, 1956-1988

Container Lists:


Academic Publications consists of published, scholarly articles discussing Guthrie.

Box 1 Folder 001 Greenway, John. “Folksong—A Protest.” Australian Literary Studies 2:3 (June 1966): 179-192.
Box 1 Folder 002 Reuss, Richard. “Woody Guthrie and His Folk Tradition.” Journal of American Folklore, 1970. Contains research notes including correspondence and interview with Marjorie Guthrie (1969).


Biographical Materials consists of articles, notes, and papers relating to the Guthrie family heritage or genealogy.

Box 1 Folder 003 Biographical articles about Woody Guthrie Contains eight biographical articles and clippings. c. 1963-1975.
Box 1 Folder 004 Genealogical notes created by Marjorie Guthrie. Contains notes handwritten by Marjorie Guthrie regarding Guthrie family tree.
Box 1 Folder 005  Guthrie castle (Scotland) brochure and clippings.
Box 1 Folder 006  Okemah High School yearbook photocopies. 1929
Box 1 Folder 007  Reuss, Richard field notes on Woody Guthrie, Pampa, TX. (See also Folder 002.) 1968


Business Papers consists of contracts and financial papers relating to Harold Leventhal’s clients Woody Guthrie and Cisco Houston.

Note: Due to the sensitive nature of the personal information contained within these documents, some of the business papers may be restricted. Please consult the archivist for further information.
Box 1 Folder 008 Contracts. Correspondence and agreements regarding Woody Guthrie music and publisher information.
Box 1 Folder 008.02  Contracts, Elizabeth Cotton. 1975
Box 1 Folder 008.03  Contracts, Harold Leventhal Personal Management (business certificate). 1951
Box 1 Folder 009  Leventhal, Harold to Woody Guthrie. Correspondence and agreements regarding Woody Guthrie music and publisher information.
Box 1 Folder 010  Houston, Cisco: General business papers. Includes photographs, distribution information, news clipings, correpondence, agreeements, and other materials regarding Cisco Houston and his estate.
Box 1 Folder 011 Houston, Cisco: Contracts and promotional material. Includes agreements, correspondence, fliers, liner notes from record albums, background information and memoires regarding Cisco Houston.
Box 1 Folder 012 Houston, Cisco: Financial papers.
Box 1 Folder 013 License cards—Woody Guthrie. c. 1954-1976.
Box 1 Folder 014 “Oklahoma Hills.” Contains correspondence regarding authorship and copyright of “Oklahoma Hills.”
Box 1 Folder 015 Richmond, Howard: Contract and correspondence. 1950
Box 1 Folder 016 Song lists and copyright information—Woody Guthrie.


Clippings consists of newspaper and magazine articles on Woody Guthrie and associated artists that Harold Leventhal saved and organized.

Note: The files of clippings contained within the Harold Leventhal Collection are retained in the order that they were originally organized by Mr. Leventhal. There is some overlap in dates and themes across the folders, but his original order has been maintained to reflect the original filing system.
Box 2 Folder 017 Articles—Guthrie, Woody and folk music.Of note:Joan Baez on the cover of Time, November 23, 1962.Rolling Stone article on Arlo Guthrie, March 10, 1977. 1940-1977
Box 2 Folder 018 Articles—Guthrie, Woody. Articles from publications around the United States just before and directly after Woody Guthrie’s death, including approximately twenty-five obituaries. 1964-1968
Box 2 Folder 019 Articles—Guthrie, Woody. Various newspaper clippings.Of note:Adams, Camilla. “Woody Guthrie: Man or Myth.” Broadside. 71 (June 1966).“A Tribute to Woody Guthrie” in The Little Sandy Review with articles by Pete Seeger and Malvina Reynolds, 1960.Brooks, Michael. “Woody & Arlo.” Guitar Player. (August 1971).Guthrie, Woody. “Child Sitting.” Practical English. 44:8 (March 28, 1968).Hentoff, Nat. “The Rebel Who Started the Folk-Song Craze.” Pageant. (March 1964).Terkel, Studs. “His Land Is Our Land.” American Way. (October 1976). 1961-1976
Box 2 Folder 020 Articles—Guthrie, Woody. Various newspaper and magazine clippings. 1947; 1967-92
Box 2 Folder 021 Articles—Guthrie, Woody. Various newspaper clippings. Also includes correspondence.Of note:Articles regarding Woody Guthrie’s controversial image in Okemah, Oklahoma.Articles relating to Larry Long and his Woody Guthrie tribute concert and album.Correspondence from Larry Long to Harold Leventhal. 1988-1989
Box 2 Folder 022 Articles—Guthrie, Woody. Various newspaper clippings.Of note:Lomax, Alan and Benjamin A. Botkin. “Folklore, American.” Encyclopaedia Brittanica, 1947.Reviews for Hard Hitting Songs for Hard Hit People.Clipping on burning accident of Woody Guthrie’s daughter. 1943-1975
Box 3 Folder 023 Articles—Guthrie, Woody. France. Clippings regarding a French tribute to Woody Guthrie. 1978
Box 3 Folder 024 Articles—Guthrie, Woody. International Press. Clippings from international publications. 1960-1977
Box 3 Folder 025 Articles—Guthrie, Woody. Newport Folk Festival. Articles about the Woody Guthrie Tribute at the 1968 Newport Folk Festival. Also includes articles about Arlo Guthrie’s performance. 1968
Box 3 Folder 026 Articles—Guthrie, Woody.Of note:Terkel, Studs. “Woody Guthrie: Last of the Great Balladeers.” Climax.The Woody Guthrie Newsletter, June 1966.Seeger, Pete, Phil Ochs, Gordon Friesen, and Josh Dunson. “Woody Guthrie: A Tribute by Pete Seeger.” Reprinted from Mainstream, August 1963.Woody Guthrie on the cover of Ramparts 7:8, November 30, 1968. 1966
Box 3 Folder 027 Clippings—Elliott, Ramblin’ Jack. 1961; 1967
Box 3 Folder 028 Clippings—Seeger, Charles.
Box 3 Folder 029 Clippings—The Weavers. On the cover of Cashbox. April 12, 1950.


Correspondence consists of letters and notes, mainly to and from Harold Leventhal and/or Marjorie Guthrie.

Box 3 Folder 030 Bonneville Power Administration Correspondence relating to Woody Guthrie’s work for the Bonneville Power Administration.Of note:Correspondence regarding The Columbia filmLetters to Harold Leventhal from the U.S. Department of the InteriorLetters between Pete Seeger and the Department of the InteriorTyped copies of Woody Guthrie songs“Ballad of Jackhammer John”“Portland Town to Klamath Falls”“Lumber is King”“Guys on the Grand Coulee Dam”Correspondence with the Richmond Organization regarding publication of 50th anniversary Woody Guthrie songbook and LPsPhotocopy of letter to Woody Guthrie from the Department of the Interior regarding his Bonneville songs (Jan. 19th, 1945)Photocopies of the Columbia songs 1942-1987
Box 3 Folder 031 Gleason, Sid to Harold Leventhal. May 28, 1986. Letter explaining the lighter gift to Woody from his fans. The lighter is Acc. 1997-01.
Box 3 Folder 032 Fan mail and other correspondence.Of note:Correspondence sent to Woody, Marjorie, and the Guthrie children in 1967, including letters from Harold Ambellan and Frank FuchsPhotograph of unknown Woody Guthrie exhibitOther correspondence sent to Marjorie (1974)Photocopied letter from Marjorie to President Ford (September 2, 1974)Letter from Marjorie to First Lady Betty Ford (December 10, 1976)
Box 3 Folder 033 Kennedy, Robert memorial card. 1968

SERIES 6: EPHEMERA, 1950-1991

Ephemera consists primarily of concert fliers, mailers, tickets, and clippings.

Box 3 Folder 034 “3 Saturdays for Children” concert flier. Undated flier for show at Town Hall with Woody Guthrie, Betty Sanders, and Hally Wood
Box 3 Folder 035 Carnegie hall concert mailers Coupon mailers for Carnegie Hall concerts, which include The Clancy Brothers & Tommy Makem, Arlo Guthrie, Theodore Bikel, Judy Collins, Pete Seeger, Chad Mitchell Trio, Peter, Paul & Mary, Ewan MacColl and Peggy Seeger, Miriam Makeba, Paris-Rive Gauche, Neil Young, and Neil Diamond.
Box 3 Folder 036 Concert fliers, tickets, clippings.Fliers/posters include:Earl Robinson at Town Hall with Clarence Cooper, Ronnie Gilbert, Marvin Hayes, and Pete Seeger, February 2, 1963Martha Schlamme at Town Hall, April 19, 1952Leon Bibb at Town HallTheodore Bikel at Carnegie Hall“Welcome Home Hootenanny,” People’s Songs, Inc.First Annual Tribute to Woody Guthrie and OklahomaThe Concert for Jobs, Peace & Freedom with Billy Bragg and Pete Seeger, April 1, 1991 Pete Seeger and Arlo Guthrie at Atlanta Civic Center Auditorium, November 16, 1983Mailers include: Bob Dylan at Carnegie Hall, October 26, 1963 Peter, Paul and Mary at Carnegie Hall, September 28, 1963 / Bob Dylan at Carnegie Hall, October 26, 1963. Newspaper advertisements for Bob Dylan, the Weavers, and others
Box 3 Folder 037 Harris, Rande. Live and at Home. Album art and notes. No date.
Box 3 Folder 038  Leventhal, Harold scrapbook concert fliers and posters.Posters, fliers, and cards from Harold Leventhal’s scrapbook and archives.Fliers include: The Weavers holiday concert at Town Hall, December 23, 1950Peter, Paul and Mary at Carnegie Hall, September 28, 1963 / Bob Dylan at Carnegie Hall, October 26, 1963The Music of Earl Robinson at Town Hall–the Master Institute Chorus directed by David Labovitz with guests Clarence Cooper, Marvin Hayes, Ronnie Gilbert, and Pete SeegerMahalia Jackson at Philharmonic Hall, October 12, 1962 / The Weavers at Philharmonic Hall, November 23, 1962The Chad Mitchell Trio at Town Hall, March 16, 1963 / Odetta at Town Hall, April 5, 1963Jacques Brel at Carnegie Hall (no date)Theodore Bikel at Town Hall October 4, 1958Theodore Bikel at Town Hall, November 29, 1959Theodore Bikel at Town Hall (no date)Theodore Bikel at Town Hall, February 19, 1961Bob Dylan at Town Hall, April 12, 1963Joan Baez at Westchester County Center, April 19, 1964Odetta at Town Hall, March 3, 1962 / Clancy Bros. & Tommy Makem at Town Hall, March 24, 1962
Box 3 Folder 039 Mineola Public Library book donation card in memory of Woody Guthrie.
Box 3 Folder 040 Nekoosa Opaque Offset paint advertisement. Advertisement referencing Woody Guthrie.
Box 3 Folder 041 Photocopies of original Woody Guthrie ephemera. Includes photocopies of business card, Almanac Singers flier, song list written on AYD’s Program brochure, and “Bees & Waxes” lyric.
Box 3 Folder 042 Sale ad for quotations book owned by Woody Guthrie.
Box 3 Folder 043 Seeger, Pete and family handmade calendar.
Box 3 Folder 044 Town Hall, Carnegie Hall, and Philharmonic Hall ephemera. Concert ephemera relating to Harold Leventhal-promoted shows at various New York City venues. c. 1960-1975.
Box 3 Folder 045 Weavers fliers. Poster for the Weavers at the Sheraton Park Hotel (no date), and at Carnegie Hall, May 17, 1956.
Box 3 Folder 046 Weavers poster and photographs. Poster from Orchestra Hall, Chicago, 1956. Photographs c. 1955-1960.


Manuscripts consists of both original documents and photocopies by and/or relating to Woody Guthrie.

Box 3 Folder 047 Born to Win proof.
Box 3 Folder 048 Doerflinger’s selections.Forty selections copied from Woody Guthrie manuscripts. Selected by William Doerflinger, editor at E. P. Dutton, possibly for inclusion in a book of Woody’s writings.Photocopy of letter from Woody Guthrie to editor Joy Doerfliner in response to editorial corrections. Also of note is Woody’s discussion of his writing schedule. April 29, 1943.
Box 3 Folder 049 Guthrie, Woody. On a Slow Train through California, c. 1939. Original mimeograph and one photocopy of Woody Guthrie songbook. This songbook was advertised on X. E. M. O. in Mexico. Donated by Virginia Rice in 1991 who lived in Chula Vista, CA at the time.
Box 3 Folder 050 Guthrie, Woody on folk music and Moe Asch. Original typed manuscript dated April 9, 1947.
Box 3 Folder 051 Lomax, Alan. Children’s Hour radio scripts, 1944. 
Box 3 Folder 052 Pastures of Plenty—photocopies of Guthrie manuscripts. Photocopies of Guthrie manuscripts under consideration for publication in Pastures of Plenty.
Box 3 Folder 053 Pastures of Plenty—photocopies of Guthrie manuscripts. Photocopies of Guthrie manuscripts under consideration for publication in Pastures of Plenty.
Box 3 Folder 054 Pastures of Plenty—photocopies of Guthrie manuscripts. Photocopies of Guthrie manuscripts under consideration for publication in Pastures of Plenty.
Box 4 Folder 055 Pastures of Plenty—photocopies of Guthrie manuscripts. Photocopies of Guthrie manuscripts under consideration for publication in Pastures of Plenty.
Box 4 Folder 056 Pastures of Plenty—photocopies of Guthrie manuscripts. Photocopies of Guthrie manuscripts under consideration for publication in Pastures of Plenty.
Box 4 Folder 057 Pastures of Plenty—photocopies of Guthrie manuscripts. Photocopies of Guthrie manuscripts under consideration for publication in Pastures of Plenty.
Box 4 Folder 058 Pastures of Plenty—photocopies of Guthrie manuscripts. Photocopies of Guthrie manuscripts under consideration for publication in Pastures of Plenty.
Box 4 Folder 059 Pastures of Plenty—photocopies of Guthrie manuscripts. Photocopies of Guthrie manuscripts under consideration for publication in Pastures of Plenty.
Box 5 Folder 060 Pastures of Plenty—photocopies of Guthrie manuscripts. Photocopies of Guthrie manuscripts under consideration for publication in Pastures of Plenty.
Box 5 Folder 061 Pastures of Plenty—preliminary notes. Four note cards with Harold Leventhal’s or Dave Marsh’s preliminary ideas for Guthrie book.
Box 5 Folder 062 Public relations release: Woody Guthrie and the Unions.
Box 5 Folder 063 Public relations release: Woody Guthrie—Spirit of the ‘70s.
Box 5 Folder 064 Tribute songs for Woody Guthrie. “Bound to Win” (1967) by Malvina Reynolds and Pete Seeger’s revised version of Guthrie’s “Why Do You Stand There in the Rain” (1975).
Box 5 Folder 065 Woody Guthrie Interview with Alan Lomax and Elizabeth Lomax, March 1940. Transcript of interview for Library of Congress album.
Box 5 Folder 066 Woody Guthrie Songbook copies of Guthrie material. Typed excerpts and photocopies from “Old Book A” and “Library of Congress Book” for inclusion in Woody Guthrie Songbook.
Box 5 Folder 067 “Woody Sez” excerpts. Photocopies of artwork and typed transcripts of “Woody Sez” articles, May-July, 1939.
Box 5 Folder 068 Yurchenco, Henrietta. A Mighty Hard Road (1970)–reviews and interview manuscripts. Includes Yurchenco’s interviews of Marjorie Guthrie and Dick Reuss
Series 8: Memoirs, 1955-1976

Memoirs consists of writings by people who knew Woody Guthrie.

Box 5 Folder 069 Houston, Cisco. Woody. Excerpted from taped reminiscences of Cisco Houston before his death in 1961.
Box 5 Folder 070 Seeger, Pete. History of a Song—This Land Is Your Land. Photocopy of Pete Seeger’s typed version. Letter on Richmond Organization letterhead addressed to Toshi with transcribed “This Land is Your Land” verses found on an old Woody Guthrie lyric sheet. 1969
Box 5 Folder 071 Seeger, Pete. Various articles on Woody Guthrie. Articles by or about Pete Seeger. Most are on Woody Guthrie. Of note: Autumn 1955 issue of Sing Out!, which includes an article by Pete Seeger and an article regarding Woody Guthrie.Copies of articles from various issues of Sing Out!Letter from Pete Seeger to Harold Leventhal and Marjorie Guthrie with an idea for a book called The Letters of Woody Guthrie. Angry letter from Pete Seeger regarding the attempt to sell original Guthrie manuscripts. Pete Seeger articles on Woody Guthrie in the Village Voice, Life, and Ramparts.
Box 5 Folder 072 Writings by Woody Guthrie’s friends and associates. Of note: Millard Lampell piece on WoodyUndated Stetson Kennedy article from unknown publication.Studs Terkel articles, Chicago Daily News:“Woody Guthrie: The unequaled master of song” (Nov. 2, 1976)“Woody Guthrie’s early life a trial by bluster and fire” (Nov. 3, 1976)“Traveling hard with a rootless Woody Guthrie” (Nov. 4, 1976)Studs Terkel undated magazine article: “His land is our land” 1961-1976


Photographs consists of photographs of Harold Leventhal’s folk music clients, excluding Woody Guthrie.

Box 5 Folder 073 Dylan, Bob. Print and photocopies. Original print of Bob Dylan with the Band, c. 1969. Photographer: David Gahr. Photocopies of early 1960s Bob Dylan promotional photographs.
Box 5 Folder 074 Leventhal, Harold. Scrapbook photographs. Of note: Photograph of Harold Leventhal with Harry Belafonte.Photograph of Harold Leventhal with Earl Robinson and Peter Fonda.
Box 6 Folder 075 Promotional photographs. Promotional photographs including Joan Baez, the Weavers, Arlo Guthrie, Pete Seeger with Arlo Guthrie, and Bob Dylan. Also included is a photo postcard dated 1982 of Arlo Guthrie with a message from photographer Bob Freitag granting permission for the use of his images.
Box 6 Folder 076 Promotional photographs. Promotional photographs of the Weavers, Bob Dylan, Joan Baez, and Pete Seeger with Arlo Guthrie.
Box 6 Folder 077 Seeger, Pete and Arlo Guthrie in concert. Color slides. 1974
Box 6 Folder 078 Negative of Pete Seeger on stage in the 1960s.Snapshot of Toshi Seeger on decorated golf cart, possibly at Clearwater Festival.Photograph of bearded Pete Seeger on stage at Great Valley High School, Malvern, Pennsylvania shortly after his seventieth birthday. Photographer: Jim La Drew.Photograph of musicians on stage at 1968 Woody Guthrie tribute concert. Photographer: David Gahr.
Box 6 Folder 079 The Weavers in concert. Color slides. 1961-62
Box 6 Folder 080 Weavers promotional photographs. 1949


Research papers consists mainly of unpublished papers on Woody Guthrie written by graduate students.
Box 6 Folder 081 Villone, Allison. “Wordsworthian Okie: Romantic Echoes in Woody Guthrie’s Life and Work.” Iona College.Wolfenstein, E. V. Department of Political Science, University of California-Los Angeles. “Some with a Fountain Pen.” Paper prepared for the tenth annual conference of the Western Historical Association, October, 1970.Wolfenstein, E. V. “ ‘Take It Easy, But Take It’: Woody Guthrie and American Social Change.”Correspondence from Wolfenstein to Marjorie Guthrie, August 3, 1971.
Box 6 Folder 082 Cohen, Ronald D. and Dave Samuelson. “Protest Music and the American Left, 1926-1953: The Recorded Legacy.”
Box 6 Folder 083 Goodnature, Paul. Woody Guthrie: Folk Music Transcendentalist. March 1975. M. S. thesis for Mankato State College. 1975.
Box 6 Folder 084 Lumer, Bob to Pete (Seeger?), September 12, 1975. Correspondence regarding Lumer’s doctoral dissertation. 1975.
Box 6 Folder 085 Menig, Harry. Oklahoma State University English Department Interdisciplinary Ph.D. program. “Woody Guthrie: The Columbia (1949) and The B.P.A. Documentary: Hydro (1939).” Dissertation chapter excerpts to be published in magazine Film and History.
Box 6 Folder 086 Menig, Harry. Woody Guthrie: The Oklahoma Years, 1912-1929. Article to be published in summer 1975 issue of The Chronicles of Oklahoma. 1912-1929.
Box 6 Folder 087 Reuss, Richard. Wayne State University. “Woody Guthrie and His Folk Tradition.”
Box 6 Folder 088 Taylor, Lori. The Politicized American Legend of the Singing Hero: Joe Hill, Woody Guthrie, Pete Seeger, Bob Dylan, and Bruce Springsteen. 1989. M.A. thesis for George Washington University. 1989.


Scripts consists of scripts and transcripts for media tributes to Woody Guthrie.

Box 6 Folder 089 “Bound for Glory.” BBC Radio transcript. Also includes correspondence. 1968
Box 6 Folder 090 Cronkite, Walter on Woody Guthrie Day, CBS radio.
Box 6 Folder 091 Emanuel, Ed. Hard Travelin’.1977. Performed at California State University at Fresno. Includes correspondence from Harold Leventhal prohibiting the use of the script. 1977
Box 6 Folder 092 Moglen, Sig. California to the New York Island. Television script, CBS-TV. November 30, 1965. Script for 1965 television production of California to the New York Island. Guests include Jack Elliott, Ed McCurdy, Bernice Reagon, and Pete Seeger. Includes letter to Harold Leventhal from WCBS. 1965
Box 6 Folder 093 Guthrie, Woody tributes. Of note: Clary, Rev. Bruce M. “The Religion of Woody Guthrie: The Fourth in a Series of Sermons on Four Oklahomans,” First Unitarian Church, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. February 1, 1970.Detailed timeline of Woody Guthrie’s life.Dedication of Woody Guthrie College at SUNY Stonybrook.Additional copy of Phillip Rayher’s Woody Sez theatrical script.
Box 6 Folder 094  Rayher, Phillip. Woody Sez. Theatrical script. Includes reviews. 1975
Box 7 Folder 095  Robinson, Earl. Grand Coulee Dam script.
Box 7 Folder 096  Taylor, Thomas Allen Bryan. Woody Guthrie—Child of Dust: A One Man Show. M.A. thesis for the University of Texas at Austin. 1974.
Box 7 Folder 097  This Train Is Bound for Glory. Television program script. Script for Chicago television production. Narrated by Stus Terkel. With Will Geer and Robert Ryan. Performances by Arlo Guthrie, Judy Collins, Pete Seeger, Odetta, Richie Havens, Tom Paxton, and Bob Dylan. 1976.
Box 7 Folder 098 Truby, Tim. Pastures of Plenty. Theatrical script. Theatrical script and correspondence between Truby and Leventhal. 1982
Box 7 Folder 099 Whisenant, Rod. The Magic Room: Woody Guthrie’s America. Theatrical script, February 1, 1962.


Subject Files consists of topically arranged folders of various materials relating to Woody Guthrie and folk music.

Box 7 Folder 100 Bound for Glory (film) clippings and ephemera.
Box 7 Folder 101 Bound for Glory (film) correspondence. Correspondence regarding the film Bound for Glory, including letters between David Carradine and Marjorie Guthrie, Harold Leventhal and Howard Richmond, and Harold Leventhal and United Artists. 1975-76.
Box 7 Folder 102 Bound for Glory (film) music licenses.
Box 7 Folder 103 Bound for Glory (film) music notes. Includes music credits, permissions, cue sheets, and notes.
Box 7 Folder 104 Dylan, Bob clippings. Bob Dylan clippings from 1968-1976, most of which reference Woody Guthrie. 1968-1976
Box 7 Folder 105 Folk music encyclopedia entry. Encyclopedia entry on “Folk music, American,” which includes a photograph and discussion of Woody Guthrie.
Box 7 Folder 106 Geer, Will clippings, correspondence, and ephemera. Includes Will Geer’s memoir on Woody entitled “Early Woody,” letter of August 1, 1973 from Will Geer to Marjorie Guthrie, letter from Will Geer to Marjorie Guthrie, copies of “Will Geer for Congress” fliers, Will Geer birthday party backstage pass, and clippings.
 Box 7 Folder 107 Grand Coulee Dam. Articles (1963-1984) and published materials related to Woody’s work for the Bonneville Power Administration and the naming of the Woody Guthrie Substation.Of note:“Woody Guthrie’s Northwest.” The Weekly: Seattle’s Newsmagazine. June 27, 1984. Features interviews with Pete Seeger, Ivar Haglund, Ramblin’ Jack Elliott.Guthrie, Woody. “Introduction to Ten of His Songs,” “Faces and Places and People,” “Seven Songs,” and “State Line to Skid Row.”Northwest Review 17: 2-3 (1979).Johnson, Dave. “He sang of public power.” Public Power (July 1970): 18-21.Menig, Harry.“Woody Guthrie: The Columbia and the B.P.A. Documentary: Hydro.” Film & History 5:2 (May 1975): 1-10.“Grand Coulee Dam: The Eighth Wonder of the World” brochure. 1963-84.
Box 7 Folder 108 Houston, Cisco photographs and clippings. Includes press release of death, two photographs, and one contact sheet.
Box 7 Folder 109  Library of Congress Woody Guthrie holdings. List of published material on Woody Guthrie held by the Library of Congress.
Box 7 Folder 110 Ochs, Phil tribute concert program. Program for May 28, 1976 concert. 1976.
Box 7 Folder 111 Okemah, Oklahoma boyhood home of Woody Guthrie. Articles and correspondence from April-May 1980 relating to Woody’s boyhood home in Okemah. Miscellaneous articles on Woody from 1984-1985.
Box 7 Folder 112 Okemah, Oklahoma boyhood home of Woody Guthrie.Copy of state proclamation declaring “Woody Guthrie Week.”Articles on the controversy over Woody’s image in Okemah, most of which focus on his boyhood home (1971-1980).Posters for concerts in Okemah, including Arlo Guthrie.Contact sheet of photographs of Woody’s boyhood home.Photocopies of photographs of Jackie, Arlo, and Marjorie Guthrie in front of Woody’s boyhood home. Tributes, 1956-1988. Tributes consists of scripts, correspondence, and ephemera from exhibitions, concerts, and other events honoring Woody Guthrie.

SERIES 13: TRIBUTES, 1956-1988

Tributes consist of scripts, correspondence, and ephemera from exhibitions, concerts, and other events honoring Woody Guthrie.

Box 08 Folder 01
  1. Bound For Glory Hollywood Bowl event script for September 12, 1970
Box 08 Folder 02
  1. The Committee to Combat Huntington’s Disease, A Musical Tribute to Woody             Guthrie, Hollywood Bowl, September 12, 1970 [Stationary]
  2.  Clippings related to the event, schedule press release, review, program
  3. Correspondence to Marjorie Guthrie from Fred Underhill, September 28, 1970
  4. Two tickets to A Musical Tribute to Woody Guthrie “Bound For Glory,” March 17, 1956
Box 08 Folder 03
  1. Department of the Interior Award, 1966, for Woody’s work with the Bonneville            Power Administration.
  2. Correspondence, clippings, and press releases. Includes award letter from                 Secretary of the Interior Stewart Udall to Woody Guthrie (April 6, 1966),
  3. Undated letter from Udall to Marjorie Guthrie (photocopy),
  4. Letter from Moses Asch to Stewart Udall (April 8, 1966),
  5. Photocopy of letter from Harold Leventhal to Senator Robert Kennedy (May 3,          1966)
  6. Correspondence between Udall and Harold Leventhal (April 1966). 1966.
Box 08 Folder 04
  1. Guthrie Tribute Concert at Carnegie Hall, January 20, 1968.
  2. Correspondences
  3. Contract
  4. Script for Woody Guthrie tribute concert.
Box 08 Folder 05
  1. Guthrie Tribute Concert at Carnegie Hall, January 20, 1968.
  2. Correspondence, contract, and script for Woody Guthrie tribute concert. Of note: Robert Glenn production of John Steinbeck’s The Long Valley with songs by Woody Guthrie at the Library of Congress.
  3. Three fliers for Will Geer concerts, including “Woody Guthrie Day: Topanga Canyon” and “The Songs of Woody Guthrie.”
Box 08 Folder 06
  1. Long, Larry Okemah school performances, 1987-1988.
  2. Correspondence and reviews of Larry Long’s school performances of Woody Guthrie material.
Box 08 Folder 07
  1.  McGraw, Deloss. Rambling Shoe exhibition catalog.
  2. Letter and catalog regarding Okemah-native Deloss McGraw’s artwork on                Woody Guthrie. 1980
Box 08 Folder 08 Robbin, Ed. An Evening with Woody Guthrie (press kit).
  1. cassette tape, for An Evening with Woody Guthrie
  2. correspondence, for An Evening with Woody Guthrie
  3. press release, for An Evening with Woody Guthrie
  4. Photograph of Art Peterson, Ed Robbin, Lenny Anderson, and Bruce Greene.          1979.
Box 08 Folder 09
  1. Correspondence from Stephen L. Suffet fo Harold Leventhal, September 1, 1993       Re Arlo Guthrie and gifts.
  2. Postcard from Guthrie Oklahoma, during the territorial (pre-statehood era)
  3. A cover from Okemah, Oklahoma, from soon after statehood
  4. A business reply envelope used from the U.S. S. Reuben James in 1934
Box 08 Folder 10
  1. Correspondence from Stephen L. Suffet to Harold Leventhal, February 26, 1996       Re: Woody Guthrie stamp exhibit.
  2. Two award ribbons: American Topical Association, Inc. and Vermeil from the             ASDA-APS USPS
  3. Photocopy of Stephen L. Suffet’s stamp exhibit text with images
Box 08 Folder 11
  1. Correspondence from Stephen L. Suffet to Harold Leventhal, December 3, 1993       Re: Happy Hanukah! and updated Woody Guthrie stamp exhibit.
  2. Updated version of the Woody Guthrie stamp exhibit (photocopy)
Box 09 Folder 01
  1. Correspondence from Stephen L. Suffet to Harold Leventhal, April 14, 1993               Re The American Philatelist article
  2. Copies of Woody Guthrie Stamp Exhibit (various versions)
  3. Two business reply envelopes with hand drawn image of Woody Guthrie in pen        “copied from self-portrait” with stamps addressed to Stephen L. Suffet
  4. Correspondence from Stephen L. Suffet to Pete Seeger, December 28, 1990 Re       New Year’s and stamps. (yellow sticky square from Pete Seeger asking Harold         Leventhal to write to Suffet).
  5. Two article clippings from The American Philatelist August 1992 and October            1922
Box 09 Folder 02
  1. Correspondence from Stephen L. Suffet to Harold Leventhal, January 21, 1993 Re new version of the Woody Guthrie Stamp exhibit (photocopy) with fuchsia square sticky note from Pete (separated)
Box 09 Folder 03
  1. Correspondence from Stephen L. Suffet to Harold Leventhal, January 21, 1993 Re new version of the Woody Guthrie Stamp exhibit (photocopy with handwritten marginalia)
Box 09 Folder 04
  1. Woody Guthrie Life and Legend: A Multimedia Presentation By Guy Logsdon
  2. Clipping from The Washing Post, June 26, 1992 about the Folk Life Festival by Mike Joyce
Box 09 Folder 05
  1. Office of the White House Press Secretary (press release) December 6, 1978 Re Tom Taylor program on Woody Guthrie
  2. Program, The President and Mrs. Carter Welcome The New Members of Congress, Class of 1978 “Woody Guthrie” [presented by] Tom Taylor
  3. Clippings related to the event
Box 09 Folder 06
  1. Press release from the Office of Senator Fred R. Harris (D. Okla), July 1, 1971 Re proposal to create American Folklife Foundation in the Library of Congress, Smithsonian Institution’s 1971 Festival of American Folklife
  2. Proposal for a “Woody Guthrie Day” May 10, 1971 (photocopy)
  3. Related clippings