The Bob Dylan Archive

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


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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Access to the Bob Dylan Archive

Materials in The archive are available to view exclusively on-site at the Helmerich Center for American Research in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Due to high demand, access to the archive will only be granted to individuals with qualified research projects, and only by appointment.

If you wish to discuss your project with our librarian or make an appointment to access materials, please complete and submit the Research Associate Application form to  You will then be asked to consult The Bob Dylan Archive Finding Aid in order to create and submit a list of the specific items you wish to access.

Once your access to the BDA has been approved, a member of our staff will set up your appointment and compile the materials you have requested in advance of your visit.

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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

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.