THE WOODY GUTHRIE FOUNDATION
Educational Public Programs / Exhibit / Film Showings
125-131 E. Main Street
Mt. Kisco, NY 10549
T: (914) 864-1789 / F: (914) 864-1790
in 1972, the Woody Guthrie Foundation is a non-profit organization
that serves as administrator and caretaker of the Woody Guthrie
Archives. Dedicated to the preservation and dissemination
of information about Woody Guthrie's vast cultural legacy, the Woody
Guthrie Archives houses the largest collection of Woody Guthrie
material in the world. Since it's opening in 1996, the Woody
Guthrie Archives has been a major success becoming an important
resource for the general public, musicians, singers, songwriters,
scholars, and public and private cultural institutions wishing to
access the research collection.
Board of Directors
Toni Halker / Vice-President
Anna Canoni / Secretary and Treasurer - Email
Board of Advisors
Mary Jo Edgmon
Ramblin’ Jack Elliott
Pete & Toshi Seeger
Bill & Livia Vanaver
The Entire Guthrie Family
Ever since the beginning, there's always been the guy
who’s job it was to carry the last hot coal. (Remember?)
See, when the tribe moved on, someone had to carry the last
hot coal to start up the next fire at the next campsite. They needed
this fire to cook with, sleep near, talk and sing around.
Now, many of these coal-holders, over time, became folk singers! Later on, some went electric. Some even became rock and roll singers, punkers and rappers. Hey, different tribes, different instruments.
But the job itself has never changed. Woody Guthrie was one of
these guys. And a lot of his songs were pretty damned hot!
We are Woody’s coal holders!
We do this to keep our present day tribe warm, fed, and informed. Sometimes it gets real cold out there (Have you noticed?) and it seems like a chilly wind is just going to blow us all off the map.
A lot of people are feeling the effects of the chill; no food, no
shelter, no singing, no rights. And other people are chilling inside;
no warmth, no joy, no song, no tribe.
Coal-holders are real important right now!
They will be the ones who will make it possible to build our next fire. They will be the ones to serve up our next hot meal or our next warm talk.
And though it seems that there are no bonfires burning just yet, I do feel that things are warming up!
- Nora Guthrie
Guthrie Archives - A project of the Woody Guthrie Foundation
of the Woody Guthrie Archives is to preserve Woody Guthrie's personal
material, to collect Woody Guthrie related material, and to make
them available to anyone interested in the cultural legacy of this
unique artist. The Archives contains a wealth of research
material pertinent to the study of Woody Guthrie, and his life and
times in America during the 20th Century.
For years Marjorie
Mazia Guthrie --Woody's second wife-- tenderly cared for all of
Woody's books, songs, papers, and the assorted material stored in
their Coney Island and Howard Beach homes in an attempt to ensure
their survival. In 1961, all the material was brought to Harold
Leventhal's New York City office, where Harold --Woody's longtime
friend and business manager-- provided safe storage for the material. It would be thirty more years before Woody's stuff would get tended
The late Charles
Kuralt broadcast a 1988 feature piece for CBS Sunday Morning about Woody Guthrie that drew renewed attention to the material.
Together Harold Leventhal and Nora Guthrie --Woody's daughter and
Executive Director of the Woody Guthrie Foundation and Archives--
decided it was the appropriate time to formally launch the Woody
Guthrie Archives. Together they raised the required funding
for the archival project with the help of friends, artists, and
members of the recording industry. They hired a professional
archivist, and after a three-year project to process and catalog
the material, the Woody Guthrie Archives opened to the public in
1996. The opening was marked with a symposium and benefit
concert sponsored by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Museum and Case
Western Reserve University.
contains more than 10,000 items of primary and secondary source
material, including Woody's original song lyrics, notebooks and
diaries, manuscripts, personal papers, artwork and recordings.
In addition, there is a great deal of supporting information and
documentation in a variety of formats, such as film, video and audio
media, photography and printed material. Researchers who visit
the Woody Guthrie Archives may search for material related to their
interests through our What's In The Collection Finding Aid.
To preserve and perpetuate the legacy of folk musician and artist Woody Guthrie for the benefit of the public by preserving, maintaining and sharing with the public, through exhibition, display, performance, or other means available, the Woody Guthrie Archives including artifacts and memorabilia of Woody Guthrie, his art, life, and times;
To provide educational programs for the benefit of the public concerning the life and legacy of Woody Guthrie, his art, his times, and his ideals; Foundation Programs and Exhibits
To support research, scholarship, and outreach programs that bring Woody Guthrie’s life and legacy to the public.
We believe that the knowledge of Woody Guthrie’s life and creative legacy enhances, educates and broadens our identity as Americans and as world citizens. By maintaining the Woody Guthrie Archives and presenting it to the world; by developing public programs, museum exhibitions, and educational programs; and by sponsoring research and the creation of new art, the Woody Guthrie Foundation serves and benefits local, national and global audiences.
The mission of the Woody Guthrie Foundation is to promote, perpetuate, and preserve the social, political and cultural values that Woody Guthrie contributed to the world through his life, his music, and his work.
Solely because of the generous contributions from individuals who share our goals and ideals. We do not solicit monies nor accept sponsorships from corporations at odds with our ideals.
Your contributions are vital to our continuing work.
Woody Guthrie Foundation
125-131 East Main Street, Suite #200
Mt. Kisco, NY 10549
T: (914) 864-1789 | F: (914) 864-1790
of our latest annual report may be obtained, upon request, from
the Woody Guthrie Foundation
or the Office of the Attorney General, Charities Bureau, 120 Broadway,
New York, NY 10271