Woody Guthrie Center

The Woody Guthrie Center, a museum and archive in Tulsa Oklahoma, is dedicated to the legacy and life of Woody Guthrie, an American folk singer and songwriter. Phil Ochs, a folk singer and songwriter, is also part of the Center’s archives. Description

The Woody Guthrie Center can be found at 102 East Reconciliation Drive in the Tulsa Arts District. The interactive museum features musical instruments, original artwork, notebooks, lyrics written in Guthrie’s handwriting, photographs, historical memorabilia, and samples. You can also see a brief biographical film about Guthrie and hear samples of his music as well as the work of other artists who were inspired and influenced by him. The Center sponsors a variety of folk music events. [2]

Woody Guthrie Archives is the largest collection of material related to Guthrie’s lifetime. [3] They are located on-site in a climate controlled facility, partially visible from the public museum area through windows. Researchers can visit the archives to view manuscripts, letters, artwork, scrapbooks and musical recordings. [4]



After the acquisition of the archives by the George Kaiser Foundation in Tulsa, the Woody Guthrie Center was officially opened on April 27, 2013. The archives had been previously owned by Nora Guthrie, Guthrie’s mother. [6]