Bob Dylan Archive To Be Housed In Tulsa
March 2, 2016 at 12:32 PM (PT)
THE BOB DYLAN ARCHIVE has been acquired by the GEORGE KAISER FAMILY FOUNDATION and the UNIVERSITY OF TULSA.
The ARCHIVE will be permanently housed in TULSA, OK, under TU's HELMERICH CENTER FOR AMERICAN RESEARCH, for public exhibition in the city's BRADY ARTS DISTRICT, it was jointly announced today by GKFF Executive Director KEN LEVIT and TU President STEADMAN UPHAM.
Comprised of more than 6,000 items spanning nearly 60 years of DYLAN's unique artistry, groundbreaking career and worldwide cultural significance, the ARCHIVE includes decades of never-before-seen handwritten manuscripts, notebooks and correspondence; films, videos, photographs and artwork; memorabilia and ephemera; personal documents and effects; unreleased studio and concert recordings; musical instruments and many other items.
The alliance of GKFF and TU was chosen by DYLAN's representatives over other suitors vying for this historic collection, and both entities view the archive as an important acquisition for TULSA in many ways.
As LEVIT explained, "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. Our combined philanthropic and academic approach made a strong case for assuring Mr. DYLAN and his representatives that TULSA would provide the ideal environment to care for and exhibit this collection, and the result is a boon for TULSA that will soon attract BOB DYLAN fans and scholars to our city from around the world."
TU President STEADMAN UPHAM added: "THE UNIVERSITY OF TULSA is pleased to collaborate with the GEORGE KAISER FAMILY FOUNDATION in assuming the role of steward for this invaluable collection. Because of the level of scholarship available through the university and its partners, TU is the perfect keeper of THE BOB DYLAN ARCHIVE. DYLANology is a growing aspect of social science and humanities research, and TULSA will soon become the international epicenter for the academic pursuit of all things DYLAN."
Commented DYLAN: "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. To me it makes a lot of sense and it's a great honor."
Nearly 1,000 items from THE BOB DYLAN ARCHIVE have already been brought to the HARDESTY ARCHIVAL CENTER inside the HELMERIC CENTER FOR AMERICAN RESEARCH – which is affiliated with TULSA's prestigious GILCREASE MUSEUM – where they are being digitized and preserved by a digital curation team for eventual public exhibition and academic access. The process of physically acquiring the complete archive will span two years, as the individual components are gathered from their numerous locations, inventoried and carefully shipped to TULSA.
The acquisition was facilitated by GLENN HOROWITZ BOOKSELLER of NEW YORK CITY, one of the world's foremost authorities and dealers of literary, historical and art-related rare books, autographs and manuscripts.
Representatives from GKFF and TU will soon begin the process of selecting a curator and additional staff, forming an advisory committee, and will announce initial plans for public exhibition and academic access to the collection later this year. Ultimately, a permanent exhibit space for the ARCHIVE will be designated near the WOODY GUTHRIE CENTER in TULSA's BRADY ARTS DISTRICT, which houses a museum dedicated to AMERICAN folksinger and OKLAHOMA native WOODY GUTHRIE, one of DYLAN's most significant early influences.