Access to the Bob Dylan Archive

Materials in The Bob Dylan Archive (BDA) 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. You should begin your research by familiarizing yourself with the overview of our archival holdings, which are available via The Bob Dylan Archive Finding Aid.

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.



The Bob Dylan Archive is open to researchers from 9am to 4pm, Monday through Friday. Appointments to access the BDA must be made at least two weeks in advance by contacting the research desk via telephone, e-mail or in person. Advance appointments are required. Unfortunately, BDA materials cannot be made available on a same-day basis.

We recommend that appointments be scheduled as far in advance as possible, as access to the archive each day is limited.  If you need to cancel or postpone an appointment, please contact the research desk by telephone or e-mail as soon as possible.


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.


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.