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Woody Guthrie Foundation

125-131 E. Main Street
Suite #200
Mt. Kisco, NY 10549
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Established 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
Nora Guthrie / President
Toni Halker / Vice-President
Anna Canoni / Secretary and Treasurer - Email
Arlo Guthrie
Bucky Halker
Michael Kleff

Board of Advisors
Harry Belafonte
Theo Bikel
Mary Boyle
Billy Bragg
Judy Collins
Ani DiFranco
Bob Dylan
Mary Jo Edgmon
Ramblin’ Jack Elliott
Frank Fuchs
Ellen Geer
Fred Hellerman
Bob Jones
Joe Klein
Jon Landau
Guy Logsdon
Dave Marsh
Natalie Merchant
Barry Ollman
Jeff Place
Larry Richmond
Paul Robeson
Tim Robbins
Wayne Rooks
Robert Santelli
Susan Sarandon
Anthony Seeger
Pete & Toshi Seeger
Bruce Springsteen
Jeff Tweedy
Haskell Wexler
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




Woody Guthrie Archives - A project of the Woody Guthrie Foundation

The purpose 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 to.

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.

The collection 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

A copy 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



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