About the Archives
The Woody Guthrie Collection/Archive was purchased in 2011 by the George Kaiser Family
Foundation and moved to Tulsa from New York in 2013. Along with the Woody Guthrie Collection, the Woody Guthrie Center’s Archive was gifted several special collections, including the business papers of Harold Leventhal and several researchers collections, including the Joe Klein Interview tapes which were used in his biography of Woody Guthrie, Woody Guthrie: A Life, 1999. Since the inception of the Woody Guthrie Center’s Archives we have been gifted additional research collection (currently being processed): The Phil Ochs Papers, The Ronald D. Cohen Folk Music Research Collection, and the Michael Ochs Collection.
The WGC Archives is international research destination for scholars researching in the fields of art, music, film, history, political science, psychology, and literature. Stemming from the Mission Statement of the Woody Guthrie Center, the Archives collects and preserves records, manuscripts, and artifacts of enduring historical research value related to the life, literary, and artistic works of Woody Guthrie. This includes research on Huntington’s chorea an illness that affected Woody Guthrie and his family, the works of artists who have and do inspire social change, and research in the area of folk music history, political history, and the arts in culture. We encourage research by collaborating with the BMI Foundation on a yearly Woody Guthrie Fellowship Program .