Massive Bob Dylan archive heads to Tulsa

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A treasure-trove of more than 6,000 Bob Dylan artifacts, including numerous pages of handwritten lyrics, concert films, and recording sessions will head to the University of Tulsa.

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The plan is to preserve the extensive catalog of Dylan's work physically and digitally, as well as house it for academic use and for public exhibitions.

Sean Latham, professor for the Henry Kendall College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Tulsa, said that it is important to understand the genius of this great musician.

"The research is around the world for the first time to really have an access to Bob Dylan's creative laboratory. He is one of the greatest artists and musicians of the 20th century. We will be able to understand something about his genius, which is important."

A few items were already on display Wednesday at the Gilcrease Museum, including Dylan's cigarette-stained lyrics to "Chimes of Freedom" on stationary from the Waldorf Astoria hotel in Toronto and early iterations of "Visions of Johanna" written on sheets from a yellow legal pad.

Nearly 1,000 items have arrived so far at the university's Helmerich Center for American Research, which is affiliated with the city's Gilcrease Museum.

Dylan's archives have been acquired by the George Kaiser Family Foundation and the University of TulsaIt for between 15 and 20 million U.S. dollars, and it will take them two years to acquire, ship and inventory the archives.

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