IMPORTANT UPDATE September 9, 2015
We are proud to announce that after 43 years of dedicated efforts, we have succeeded in achieving the goals set forth by the founders of the Woody Guthrie Foundation. What a momentous achievement!
Therefore, we are dissolving the Foundation and will not be asking for (nor may we accept) any further financial support. In times like these, where so many need so much, we feel it is only right that we close our doors in the hopes that you redirect your support to others in need.
In the 43 years since its founding in 1972, the Woody Guthrie Foundation’s two major goals included:
To provide funds for research, support caregivers, and find a cure for Huntington’s disease.
The Huntington’s Disease Society of America (HDSA), founded by Woody's wife, Marjorie Guthrie in 1972, is a world renowned, well established, thriving organization providing help to thousands of families, as well as advocating for better healthcare legislation.
To create a library and research center to house and make available Woody Guthrie’s creative legacy.
For over 20 years, the Woody Guthrie Foundation & Archives was open for free one-on-one research at our New York City offices. Under the direction of Nora Guthrie, Harold Leventhal, and Head Archivist Jorge Arevalo Mateus, working with our dedicated archivists Rachel Crane, Amy Danielian, Felicia Katz Harris, Hillel Arnold, and Tiffany Loiselle Colannino, we were able to keep our doors open to the public. So much wonderful and necessary new research and publications resulted from your support.
In 2013, under the guidance of Nora Guthrie and the GRAMMY Foundation, The Woody Guthrie Center opened in Tulsa, Oklahoma. This state-of-the-art center now houses the Woody Guthrie Archive, features a permanent exhibit on Woody’s life & legacy, a temporary gallery for contemporary exhibitions, and a 60 seat theater for film screening and educational programs.
We thank all of you for your years of generous support which have made it possible to reach these goals!
NORA GUTHRIE and the team at Woody Guthrie Publications, Inc. will continue to represent and administer Woody Guthrie's estate and creative legacy with:
Public and Educational Programs
Licensing & Business Affairs
We will continue to support these two non-profit organizations which further the work begun by Marjorie Guthrie and the Woody Guthrie Foundation. We hope you'll join us!
The Huntington's Disease Society of America
Attn. Woody and Marjorie Guthrie Fund
505 Eighth Avenue,
New York, NY 10018
The Woody Guthrie Center (Museum and new home of the Woody Guthrie Archive)
102 East Brady Street,
Tulsa, OK 74103
Thank you again for all your years of support. And on to the next chapter of All Things Woody!
THE HISTORY OF THE WOODY GUTHRIE FOUNDATION ~ 1972-2015
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;
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.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Nora Guthrie - President
Toni Halker - Vice-President
Anna Canoni - Treasurer / Secretary
Harold Leventhal - in Memoriam
BOARD OF ADVISORS
Mary Jo Edgmon
Ramblin’ Jack Elliott
Pete & Toshi Seeger
Bill & Livia Vanaver
The Entire Guthrie Family