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Woody Guthrie archive to go on display in Oklahoma

Woody Guthrie, June 1, 1947 AP

(CBS/AP) A Tulsa-based foundation has purchased the comprehensive archive of folk singer Woody Guthrie's writings, recordings and artwork and plans to display the collection in a new center dedicated to the Oklahoma native.

The Tulsa World reports that the George Kaiser Family Foundation will open the Woody Guthrie Center in downtown Tulsa by the end of 2012, to mark the centennial of Guthrie's birth. The four-building arts hub will feature public displays from the Guthrie archives and research space for scholars.

The foundation didn't disclose how much it paid for the collection, which includes a handwritten copy of Guthrie's anthem, "This Land is Your Land." Also included are 500-plus photographs, personal journals, original musical recordings and handwritten songbooks.

The archive had been housed in the Mount Kisko, N.Y., home of Nora Guthrie, the songwriter's daughter.

Guthrie died in 1967 of Huntington's disease, a hereditary neurodegenerative condition.

His work has inspired many other artists, including Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen and Pete Seeger.

Take a look at Guthrie's handwritten New Year's resolutions from 1942. Our favorites? Love everybody, make up your mind, dance better, stay glad and wear clean clothes - look good.

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