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Additional Resources

The following is an annotated listing of additional resources relating to the life and work of Woody Guthrie.

Libraries and Archives

Woody Guthrie Archives

The purpose of the Woody Guthrie Archives, is to collect, preserve and disseminate information about this influential artist.  Opened in 1996, the archives holds the largest collection of Woody Guthrie-related material in the world and continues to remain an important historical and cultural resource for public and private cultural institutions, scholars, musicians, musicologists, and the general public.  Archives collection materials include:  documents, original artwork, correspondence, and recordings.

Woody Guthrie and the Archive of American Folk Song:  Correspondence, 1940-1950

The collection highlights letters between Woody Guthrie and staff of the Archive of American Folk Song (now the Archive of Folk Culture, American Folklife Center) at the Library of Congress from 1940 through 1950.  Many of the correspondence within this collection were written in the early 1940s, shortly after Guthrie had moved to New York City and met Alan Lomax.

Woody Guthrie Collection Finding Aid (American Folklife Center, Library of Congress)

This finding aid lists materials located in the Woody Guthrie Manuscript Collection housed at the Archive of Folk Culture, American Folklife Center in the Library of Congress, Washington, D.C..  Concentrating on the period from 1935 to 1950, this collection includes original correspondence, essays, drawings, and other materials.

Bonneville Power Administration Library

This website is for the Library at the Bonneville Power Administration. It houses the archives and materials related to Woody Guthrie working at the BPA. The library includes documents on the Woody Guthrie Circle.

General Sites on Woody Guthrie

Woody Guthrie Links

This website includes links to Woody Guthrie-related materials, including, a discography, song lyrics, examples of Guthrie’s prose works, information about the Almanac Singers, tributes and audio files. 

History Sites

Woody Guthrie and the Columbia River (Oregon Encyclopedia)

Written by former Bonneville Power Administration (BPA) employee, William Murlin, this provides biographical information pertaining to Woody Guthrie, his time Guthrie spent in the Pacific Northwest and the songs he wrote for BPA.