Woody Guthrie Archives Newsletter
the Fall season connotes a time of getting back to business. For
the Woody Guthrie Archives however, its business as usual--and
often unique business at that. As ongoing research continues and
new projects get underway, the pace at the Archives has picked
up. Like Woody's music, the Archives is here for you when you
- Jorge Arévalo
/ Head Archivist
and Now: Woody, Arlo, Joady, and Nora Guthrie at Greystone Park
from the exhibit "Wardy Forty: The Resonance of Ruins."
Color photo of Greystone today and digital collage by Phil Buehler,
B&W photo of Woody and children by Marjorie Guthrie, 1956
For the first
time ever, we launched the Woody
Guthrie Educational Curriculum, an early elementary online
teacher's guide for Music, Art, Math, Science, Social Studies,
and Language Arts. During an internship at the Woody Guthrie Archives
last summer, Ms. Kubasak, a teacher at the Baker Demonstration
School (at National Louis University, Evanston campus, Evanston,
IL), contributed her teaching talents, her passion for folk music,
and love of Woody Guthrie's work, combining them with archival
research to develop these wonderful and unique lesson plans. We
hope educators will find the curriculum useful, and helpful in
passing down Woody's wisdom to future generations in their classrooms.
Kudos to Theresa for a job well done!
are also encouraged by the increased interest in further developing
teaching material. For example, educators David Fishkin and Ellen
Groves recently visited the Archives to research political aspects
of Woody's work for a possible High School level curriculum. We
feel that Woody Guthrie's music, art and literary works would
be a natural for Junior and High School students.
Phil Buehler's success with his powerful artwork--inspired in
part by his archives research--continues. His multimedia installation,
Wardy Forty: The Resonance of Ruins, presents a look at
Woody's bout with Huntington's Disease and the impact it had on
his life and his family. We commend Phil for this accomplishment.
We are now working with Phil to curate an expanded exhibition
at The Puffin Cultural Forum. The exhibit will run from
January 11 through February 16, 2003 (check our calendar for details).
Guthrie is being honored at the Country Music Hall of Fame in January 2003. As part of the programs related to this event,
we are curating several exhibitions, which will be presented in
the Nashville, Tennessee, area. To complement this honor, Woody's
artwork and photographs will be on display at three different
venues : "Bound for Glory: Woody Guthrie's self-illustrated
Life Story" at Bongo Java Roasting Company (107 S.11th St.,
Nashville, TN 37206), "This is the Hand: Woody's Vision of
Labor," at Bongo Java (2007 Belmont Blvd., Nashville, TN 37212)
and "The Faces of Woody Guthrie: Photographs from the Archives" at Fido (1812 21st Ave. S., Nashville, TN 37212). Go to our News
and Events page for more information.
Researchers and Visitors to the Archives
Woo researched various abodes in NYC that Woody inhabited. Working
for Place Matters, Rosten is attempting to show that buildings
should be appreciated and preserved not only for their architectural
integrity but for cultural heritage as well.
came in to look at letters written to Woody by students from a
1963 class at Honey Hollow Elementary School. Arthur is working
on a personal memoir and the letters came from his own elementary
school teacher's class.
a filmmaker from Boston, began research in the Archives for a
new documentary he is writing on the life of Woody Guthrie.
a freelance reporter for the Dedham Times was looking for material
related to the Sacco and Vanzetti trials for a future story.
was interested in archival management at the WGA.
a professor at Western Illinois University, came in to research
songs Woody wrote for the Bonneville Power Administration for
an article on working class ideas of environmentalism.
explored the Archives' collection of Woody's postcards to learn
more about his own collection.
Dan Gilgoff and photo researcher Sheryl Mendez from US News
and World Report did research for an article on music history.
playwright (Woody Guthrie's American Song) and a professor
at UC Berkeley, looked at Woody's writings and thoughts regarding
the Spanish Civil War for the Lincoln Brigade Archives.
Cormac Looney researched the American dust bowl migration from
approximately 1932 to 1940 for a prospective thesis topic.
and Mark Hurwitt are working on curriculum for a new college course
on political cartoons -- of course Woody Guthrie's material was
a natural draw for this topic!
working with archival material for recording projects include,
all the way from Flagstaff, Arizona, Blackfire, and Boston's own
Drop Kick Murphys.
who worked with archival material, released his new album, "The
Speed of Trees." God's Promise is one of Woody's many unsung
songs, for which Ellis wrote the music.
always, the Woody Guthrie Archives is grateful to the many generous
people who donate Woody-related items to our growing accessions
collection. Recent highlights include recordings of four Woody Guthrie
songs found in a collection belonging to Shel Silverstein, kindly
donated by his nephew, Mitch Myers, and sister, Peggy Myers on behalf
of the Silverstein Estate. Acclaimed photographer and long time
friend of the Guthries, Lou Gordon, generously donated photo negatives,
drawings, and a tape marked "Woody Guthrie dub for show." Gerard
Mochan donated a document of the history of the Guthrie Family name.
We also received a donation of the first ever paintings of Woody
Guthrie and Will Geer by a Kyrgyzstani artist! The credit for these
oil paintings goes to Turarbek Rysalier.
The Archives welcomes researchers, scholars, artists, musicians,
publishers, filmmakers, and those pursuing interests related to
the life, works, and times of Woody Guthrie. The Archives is open
by appointment only and our hours of operation are Tuesday, Wednesday,
and Friday from 10am - 6pm. We encourage visitors to look through
the Collection Finding Aids before they come, and have an idea of
the materials they will be using. Appointments can be set up with
the Assistant Archivist.
are a small, but very busy office. If you are interested in internship
or volunteer opportunities at the Woody Guthrie Archives, please
submit a resume, a brief proposal of the type of work you are interested
in doing, and a list of three references.We
are presently interested in individuals with proven web design skills
to create an interactive web page for children. Grant researchers
and writers are also encouraged to apply. Other
tasks might include assisting with research, answering general reference
calls, providing administrative support, and helping out with various
archives projects. Ideal candidates will have a background in archival
or library science, museum studies, music history, or related area.
An interest in, and special knowledge of, Woody Guthrie and folk
music is a definite plus, as are A/V skills.
Applications and inquiries should be sent to:
Woody Guthrie Foundation and Archives
250 West 57th St.
New York, NY 10107