Bob Dylan Archive now open to select applicants—at the Helmerich Center for American Research

Even a full year after The University of Tulsa and the George Kaiser Family Foundation completed their acquisition of the Bob Dylan Archive, we here at Special Collections still get phone calls and emails from curious and enthusiastic Dylan fans around the world asking if they can come take a peek.

The 6,000-item strong collection, including lyric sheets and other materials, is not housed here in McFarlin Library, but rather at the Helmerich Center for American Research, located at the Gilcrease Museum.

A new Rolling Stone article indicates that researchers wishing to view and work with the collection can submit applications to the collection librarian for approval.

Even better news is that plans for a public exhibit area, to be known as the Bob Dylan Center, are underway. The future display space will be in the Brady Arts District. TU and GKFF are currently accepting design proposals for the public archive. An opening date for the public Bob Dylan Center has not yet been announced.

About Melissa Kunz

Melissa Kunz is a Special Collections Librarian. She holds a Masters in Library and Information Studies and a J.D. from the University of Oklahoma, and a Bachelor of Arts in English from Hendrix College in Arkansas.
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