The Bob Dylan Archives, some 6,000 items connected to the legendary entertainer covering almost 60 years, has been bought by the George Kaiser Family Foundation and the University of Tulsa, reported the Tulsa World
The archives include manuscripts, photos, letters, notebooks, and recordings from the entertainer and the university's Helmerich Center for American Research will take stewardship of the artifacts for public exhibition.
"Many of these are associated with Dylan's mid-1960s efforts while others trace the artist’s work, changing attitudes and personal activity," said the foundation's Dylan archives website
. "Another major section of the archive contains notebooks and correspondence. Recording session reports, contracts, sheet music of Dylan's songs and scores of photographs also populate the collection."
Dylan said a statement released by the university that the city is already the home of a museum dedicated to singer Woody Guthrie, one of his influences.
"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 New York Post
reported that a handwritten copy of Dylan's song "Like a Rolling Stone" sold at auction in 2014 for a record $2 million, and an electric guitar the artist played at the 1965 Newport Folk Festival sold for almost $1 million in 2013.
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