Guthrie, Woody

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American folk singer.

From the description of Signature, dated : [n.p, n.d.], [n.d.]. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270926356

Biographical History and Administrative History

Woody Guthrie, born in Okemah, Oklahoma in 1912 and raised in Texas, moved to California during the Depression, where he met actor and activist Will Geer and toured migrant labor camps documenting conditions and injustices in the camps for The Light newspaper. He also performed on Los Angeles radio KFVD-LA, singing old-time ballads, some of which he updated with lyrics about contemporary issues. Alan Lomax, assistant in charge of the Archive of American Folk Song at the Library of Congress, first heard Woody Guthrie at a concert in New York City in March of 1940, shortly after Guthrie had relocated there.

Alan Lomax arranged for Guthrie to travel to Washington, D.C. to record an oral life history that included traditional and original songs, and encouraged him to write his autobiography. Guthrie performed on several "Folk Music of America" radio shows hosted by Alan Lomax on CBS's American School of the Air. In New York, Woody Guthrie joined Lomax's sister, Bess Lomax Hawes, Pete Seeger, and others in a singing group, the Almanac Singers, for which Guthrie wrote protest ballads and songs. More information on Woody Guthrie's life and career can be found through the Woody Guthrie Foundation and Archives at http://www.woodyguthrie.org/ .

The Archive of American Folk Song was founded in 1928 at the Library of Congress to collect and preserve American folksongs. During the years when the earliest Guthrie collections were acquired, from 1940 to 1950, the Archive was directed by: John A. Lomax (1932-1942), Alan Lomax (assistant in charge, 1937-1942), Benjamin Botkin (1942-1945), and Duncan Emrich (1946-1954). It was through Alan Lomax's recording projects and his personal friendship with Woody Guthrie that these early materials were added to the Archive. When Alan Lomax's entire collection of papers and recordings was acquired by the American Folklife Center in 2004, additional Woody Guthrie manuscripts were included, which add to the Archive's Guthrie holdings. To reflect its broader mission and collections the Archive was re-named the Archive of Folk Culture in 1981 and is now a part of the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress.

From the guide to the Woody Guthrie Manuscript Collection, 1935-1950, (Archive of Folk Culture, American Folklife Center Library of Congress)

Archival Resources
Role Title Holding Repository
creatorOf Records of the Bonneville Power Administration. 1936 - 2006. Woody Guthrie Columbia River Basin Songs
referencedIn American Vaudeville Museum collection, 1845-2007, (bulk 1910-1940) University of Arizona Libraries, Special Collections
referencedIn Terkel, Studs, 1912-2008. Studs Terkel with Dave Marsh, [videorecording], 1989 Nov. 16. Media Burn Independent Video Archive
creatorOf Macbride, David. We shall overcome ; This land is your land / [arr. by] David Macbride. Bowling Green State University, BGSU Libraries
referencedIn Green, Archie. Collection, ca. 1960s. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
referencedIn Bobbye S. Ortiz Papers, (bulk, 1919-1993 and undated, 1950-1990) David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library
creatorOf Woody Guthrie letter to the Loring family, 1948 July 9 Oregon Historical Society Research Library
referencedIn Southern Folklife Collection artist name files, 1940-2005 (artists D-K). University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
referencedIn Ken Lindsay Collection of Woody Guthrie Correspondence, February 1952 – September 1953 Archive of Folk Culture, American Folklife Center Library of Congress,http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.afc/folklife.home
referencedIn Miles, Elton, 1917-. Elton Miles collection, 1922-1984. Bryan Wildenthal Memorial Library, Sul Ross State University Library
referencedIn Reuss, Richard A. Richard A. Reuss papers, 1888-1986 (bulk 1927-1973). Indiana University
referencedIn Vanderbilt, Paul. Paul Vanderbilt papers, circa1900-1992. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
referencedIn Kennedy, Stetson,. Stetson Kennedy oral history interview, 1988 Nov. 26. Georgia State University
referencedIn The, Daily Worker, and, The Daily World, Photographs Collection, Bulk, 1930-1990, 1920-2001 Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archive
referencedIn Kennedy, Stetson,. Stetson Kennedy oral history interview, 1988 Oct. 7. Georgia State University
referencedIn Nicolas Slonimsky Collection, 1873-1997, (bulk 1920-1990) Music Division Library of Congress
referencedIn Dylan, Bob, 1941-. Song to Woody / words & music by Bob Dylan. Library of Congress
referencedIn Woody Guthrie Foundation. Woody Guthrie Archives, ca. 1925-present, (bulk 1942-1956). New York State Historical Documents
creatorOf Maslow, Sophie. Folksay / [choreography by Sophie Maslow ; traditional music arranged by Woody Guthrie ; notation by K. Wright Dunkley, partially based on earlier notations by Roberta Krugman, Lucy Venbale, Els Grelinger and Betsy Martin ; poetry by Carl Sandburg]. Ohio State University Libraries
referencedIn International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers Aeronautical Industrial District Lodge 91 Records., undated, 1937-1983 Archives & Special Collections at the Thomas J. Dodd Research Center.
referencedIn North Carolina. Dept. of Cultural Resources. North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources films, 1951-1988. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
referencedIn Black, Timuel D. A celebration of the life of Studs Terkel, [videorecording], 2009 Jan. 30. Media Burn Independent Video Archive
creatorOf Horton, Zilphia, 1910-1956. Zilphia Horton folk music collection, 1935-1956. Tennessee State Library & Archives, TSLA
creatorOf Records of the Bonneville Power Administration. 1936 - 2006. Woody Guthrie Columbia River Basin Songs. 1940 - 1977. Columbia Waters / Talkin' Columbia Blues
referencedIn Tobias, Tobi,. Interview with William Bales and Jane Dudley. New York Public Libraries for the Performing Arts, Dance Collection
creatorOf Records of the Bonneville Power Administration. 1936 - 2006. Woody Guthrie Columbia River Basin Songs. 1940 - 1977. Jackhammer Blues / The Grand Coulee Dam
referencedIn Neat Stuff Collectables. Jazz Playbill Collection, 1923-1952. Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Library and Archives
referencedIn Southern Folklife Collection Artist Name File, 1940-2005 University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Library. Southern Folklife Collection.
referencedIn Johnson, Gary,. Gary Johnson Collection, 1940-2003. Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Library and Archives
referencedIn Manings, Muriel,. Gender Project : interview with Muriel Manings. New York Public Libraries for the Performing Arts, Dance Collection
creatorOf Records of the Bonneville Power Administration. 1936 - 2006. Woody Guthrie Columbia River Basin Songs. 1940 - 1977. The Last of Two-Gun Justice
referencedIn Lampell, Millard, 1919-1997. Papers, 1936-1997. Wisconsin Historical Society, Newspaper Project
creatorOf Records of the Bonneville Power Administration. 1936 - 2006. Video Recordings Relating to Pacific Northwest Energy Issues. 1985 - 1990. 50th Anniversary Public Service Announcements
creatorOf Records of the Bonneville Power Administration. 1936 - 2006. Woody Guthrie Columbia River Basin Songs. 1940 - 1977. Washington Talkin' Blues / The Biggest Thing Man Has Ever Done
creatorOf Guthrie, Woody, 1912-1967. Woody Guthrie letter to the Loring family [manuscript], 1948 July 9. Oregon Historical Society Research Library
referencedIn Kennedy, Stetson,. Stetson Kennedy oral history interview, 1988 Nov. 11. Georgia State University
creatorOf Records of the Bonneville Power Administration. 1936 - 2006. Woody Guthrie Columbia River Basin Songs. 1940 - 1977. Roll On, Columbia / The Grand Coulee Dam
referencedIn J. B. Matthews Papers, 1862-1986 and undated David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library
referencedIn Longhi, Jim, 1916-2006. With Woody, Cisco and me / by Vincent Longhi. California State University, Northridge
creatorOf Guthrie, Woody, 1912-1967. Signature, dated : [n.p, n.d.], [n.d.]. Pierpont Morgan Library.
referencedIn Cohen, Ronald D., 1940-. Ronald D. Cohen collection, 1914-2005. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
creatorOf Records of the Bonneville Power Administration. 1936 - 2006. Woody Guthrie Columbia River Basin Songs. 1940 - 1977. Woody Guthrie Songs of the Columbia River Basin
referencedIn Papers, 1935-1995. University of Oklahoma, Bizzell Memorial Library
referencedIn Weatherwax, Seema Aissen. Photographs, 1933-1993. Stanford University. Department of Special Collections and University Archives
creatorOf Guthrie, Woody, 1912-1967. 20, Woody's grow big songs / Woody Guthrie [and] Marjorie Mazia. Sarah Lawrence College, Esther Raushenbush Library
referencedIn Records of District Courts of the United States. 1685 - 2009. Criminal Case Files. 1865 - 1978. United States of America v. Woodrow Wilson Guthrie
referencedIn Vanderbilt, Paul. Paul Vanderbilt papers, [ca. 1900]-1992. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
creatorOf Records of the Bonneville Power Administration. 1936 - 2006. Woody Guthrie Columbia River Basin Songs. 1940 - 1977. Roll on, Columbia
referencedIn Horton, Myles, 1905-1990,. Myles Horton oral history interview, 1989 Dec. 15. Georgia State University
creatorOf Records of the Bonneville Power Administration. 1936 - 2006. Woody Guthrie Columbia River Basin Songs. 1940 - 1977. Ramblin' Blues / It Takes A Married Man to Sing a Worried Song / Song of the Grand Coulee Dam
referencedIn Aliza Greenblatt, papers, undated, 1920, 1923, 1927-1973, 1976, 1978 American Jewish Historical Society
creatorOf Woody Guthrie Manuscript Collection, 1935-1950 Archive of Folk Culture, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress
referencedIn Records of the Bonneville Power Administration. 1936 - 2006. Woody Guthrie Columbia River Basin Songs. 1940 - 1977. Roll on, Columbia
Role Title Holding Repository
Relation Name
associatedWith Almanac Singers. corporateBody
associatedWith American Folklife Center. corporateBody
associatedWith American Museum of Vaudeville corporateBody
associatedWith Archive of American Folk Song. corporateBody
associatedWith Archive of Folk Song (U.S.) corporateBody
associatedWith Archive of Folk Song (U.S.), collector. corporateBody
associatedWith Cohen, Ronald D., 1940- person
associatedWith Communist Party of the United States of America. corporateBody
associatedWith Cullen, Frank, 1936- person
associatedWith Dylan, Bob, 1941- person
associatedWith Green, Archie. person
associatedWith Greenblatt, Aliza person
associatedWith Guthrie, Cathy Ann, 1943-1947 person
associatedWith Guthrie, Marjorie Mazia. person
correspondedWith Guthrie, Woody, family
associatedWith Hays, Lee, 1914-1981 person
associatedWith Horton, Myles, 1905-1990, person
associatedWith Horton, Zilphia, 1910-1956. person
associatedWith Houston, Cisco. person
associatedWith International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers, District 91 (Hartford, Conn.). corporateBody
associatedWith Ives, Burl, 1909-1995 person
associatedWith Kennedy, Stetson, person
associatedWith Lampell, Millard, 1919-1997. person
associatedWith Library of Congress. National Digital Library Program. corporateBody
correspondedWith Lindsay, Ken, collector, correspondent. person
correspondedWith Lomax, Alan, 1915-2002 person
associatedWith Longhi, Jim, 1916-2006. person
correspondedWith Loring family family
correspondedWith Loring family family
associatedWith Macbride, David. person
associatedWith Manings, Muriel, person
associatedWith Matthews, J. B. (Joseph Brown), 1894-1966 person
associatedWith McNeilly, Donald, 1945- person
associatedWith Miles, Elton, 1917- person
associatedWith North Carolina. Dept. of Cultural Resources. corporateBody
associatedWith Ortiz, Bobbye S. person
associatedWith Reuss, Richard A. person
associatedWith Slonimsky, Nicolas, 1894-1995 person
associatedWith Vanderbilt, Paul. person
associatedWith Weatherwax, Seema Aissen. person
associatedWith Woody Guthrie Foundation. corporateBody
Place Name Admin Code Country
Columbia River
Oregon
Columbia River
Subject
Folk singers--United States--Correspondence
Music--20th century
Oregon
children's songs
Songbooks--United States
Protest songs--United States--Texts
Political ballads and songs--United States--Texts
Songs, English--Texts
Music--Oregon--20th century
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Arrangers
Composers
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Person

Birth 1912-07-14

Death 1967-10-03

Americans

English

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