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The Bob Dylan Archive

6,000 items illuminating nearly 60 years of writings, recordings, memorabilia, film and more.

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The Bob Dylan Archive highlights the unique artistry and worldwide cultural significance of Bob Dylan. Housed at The University of Tulsa’s Helmerich Center for American Research, the archive includes decades of never-before-seen handwritten manuscripts, notebooks and correspondence; films, videos, photographs and artwork; memorabilia; personal documents; unrecorded song lyrics and chords.

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Film Series

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FIRST DYLAN ON FILM SERIES TO BE HELD IN TULSA, OKLAHOMA SEPTEMBER 21 THROUGH 24
EVENT TO FEATURE WORLD PREMIERE OF 10TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION OF NO DIRECTION HOME

Landmark Dylan documentaries and directorial efforts, along with rare concert performance footage will offer a first public glimpse into the vast film and video holdings of The Bob Dylan Archive. Organizers will also present first public exhibition of physical elements found in the Archive including Dylan’s handwritten lyrics and leather jacket worn by him while ‘going electric.’ Dylan documentarian and Academy Award-winning director D.A. Pennebaker will attend screening of Don’t Look Back on September 23 and participate in Q&A interview afterward.

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Quotes

Tulsa, Oklahoma, is about to become the center of the Bob Dylan universe.
Andy Greene – Rolling Stone

The archives are deeper and more vast than even most Dylan experts could imagine,
promising untold insight into the songwriter’s work
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Ben Sisario – New York Times

A new world of Bob Dylan is waiting to be discovered.
Jerry Wofford – Tulsa World

It’s going to start anew the way people study Dylan.
Sean Wilentz – Princeton University

For years rumor circulated among Bob Dylan enthusiasts of a legendary secret archive including notebooks that many hoped would reveal how Dylan wrote some of his most iconic songs. In this case the legend happens to be true.
Denver Nicks – Time Magazine

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Unboxing the Archive

Sketches, writings, handwritten notes, lyrics and chord progressions for unrecorded songs, take a look inside The Bob Dylan Archive.