THE BOB DYLAN ARCHIVE IS NOT OPEN TO THE GENERAL PUBLIC.
The Bob Dylan Archive is a research archive and materials in the archive are available only for qualified researchers. The materials are exclusively held at the Helmerich Center for American Research at Gilcrease Museum in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
To request access to use the archive, you are required do the following:
- Consult the Bob Dylan Archive Finding Aid
- Fill out a Research Request Form
- Submit a one-page proposal detailing the nature of your research. See below for further guidelines.
- Provide a Resumé or CV.
Send all of these items as PDFs or Word documents to firstname.lastname@example.org
Research requests will only be considered if your project proposal is concise, well researched, and feasible within the time frame of your proposed visit. Your research request MUST contain specific boxes and folders for a specific, and limited number of items in our collection. We will not consider research requests that do not comply with these instructions.
Each research request that meets the above requirements will be sent to our research advisory board for consideration. Note that this process takes some time, so plan to submit your proposals well in advance should the board deem it necessary to have you revise and resubmit your proposal. We are currently in the process of evaluating numerous research requests, and requests for immediate access cannot be accommodated at this time.
Once the proposal has been approved by the board, we will work with you to schedule a time to visit the archive in Tulsa, and will help in any way we can make the research experience fruitful and productive. The Bob Dylan Archive is open to researchers during regular Helmerich Center business hours (9 a.m. to 5 p.m.) Monday through Friday, by appointment only.
Researchers are allowed only pencils and loose-leaf paper in the reading room. Cameras, laptops, phones, or any other electronic devices are not allowed under any circumstances. Access to our extensive collection of audiovisual materials will be provided to the researcher in the reading room by the Bob Dylan Archive librarian.
- Finding Aid to the Bob Dylan Archive
- Researcher Guidelines
- Research Request Form
- Rights and Reproduction Information
USE AND HANDLING OF ARCHIVE MATERIALS
The Bob Dylan Archive seeks to limit the handling of original manuscript material and reserves the right to grant access to such materials via our digital database at the Helmerich Center for American Research. In instances in which original materials are made available, we will provide gloves for use by researchers.
RIGHTS AND PERMISSIONS
The Bob Dylan Archive does not claim legal rights for publication or other types of commercial use or reproduction of materials in its holdings. As a researcher, you are responsible for obtaining all necessary rights, licenses, or permissions from the appropriate companies or individuals regarding any information or images obtained from the library.
Although BDA staff will inform you of any restrictions on a given collection, and will offer general guidance relating to questions of ownership or permissions, this is in no way represented as a substitute for legal consultation or research.