Woody Guthrie Archive Returning to His Native Oklahoma
Fri, 30 Dec 2011 14:32:03
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The Associated Press reports that an extensive collection of Woody Guthrie's writings, recordings and artwork will arrive in his native state after an Oklahoma foundation bought the collection. There are plans to display a collection that concentrates on his artistry rather than the populist politics that divided local opinion about him over the years.
Guthrie is remembered mostly as a musician, composer and singer, but was also a literary figure and an artist, said Bob Blackburn, executive director of the Oklahoma Historical Society.
"Woody Guthrie was a crossroads of creativity," Blackburn said. "Woody Guthrie reveals so much about our history."
The George Kaiser Family Foundation, a charitable organization based in Tulsa, announced that it purchased the archives and plans to open the Woody Guthrie Center in Tulsa by the end of 2012 to mark the centennial of the singer's birth.
The collection includes the original handwritten copy of "This Land is Your Land," along with original musical recordings, handwritten songbooks and almost 3,000 song lyrics, rare books by and about Guthrie, more than 700 pieces of artwork, letters and postcards, more than 500 photographs, Guthrie's annotated record collection and personal papers detailing family matters, his World War II military service and musical career.
The archive had been in New York.
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