The Bob Dylan Archive will be permanently housed in Tulsa, Okla.
The archives were acquired by the George Kaiser Family Foundation and the University of Tulsa and will be placed under the stewardship of TU’s Helmerich Center for American Research. The archive includes more than 6,000 items and spans nearly 60 years of Dylan’s career. Never-before-seen handwritten manuscripts, notebooks and correspondence; films, videos, photographs and artwork, memorabilia and ephermera; personal documents and effects; unreleased studio and concert recordings; and musical instruments will all be included.
“I’m glad that my archives, which have been collected all these years, have finally found a home and are to be included with the works of Woody Guthrie and especially alongside all the valuable artifacts from the Native American Nations,” Dylan said. “To me it makes a lot of sense and it’s a great honor.”
The George Kaiser Family Foundation and TU were chosen by Dylan’s representatives over other suitors interested in the collection. Both look at the archives as an important acquisition for Tulsa.
“Bob Dylan is a national treasure whose work continues to enrich the lives of millions the world over, and we are proud to be bringing such an important, comprehensive and culturally significant archive to Tulsa,” GKFF executive director Ken Levit said.