The Bob Dylan Archive

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It may come as no surprise but Bob Dylan is a Keeper. Bob and his team have been archiving his music, notebooks, paintings and journey for some five decades. Thousands of artifacts comprise this collection of American treasure. Bob kept just about everything — a massive private archive of a notoriously private person housed in storage facilities in New York, Minneapolis, Malibu and Jersey. So it made headlines when word got out that this secret archive had been sold and was headed to its new permanent, public home in Tulsa, Oklahoma. A curveball nobody saw coming.

Some archives are for scholars — devotees of a writer, scientist or historical figure. Some archives are tourist attractions. Few are part of a vision for the civic rejuvenation of a once-thriving American city.

Today, The Kitchen Sisters Present… The Bob Dylan Archive: A Curveball Comes To Tulsa produced by Davia Nelson & Nikki Silva in collaboration with Olivia Ware and Samuel Shelton Robinson and Nathan Dalton, Brandi Howell and Jim McKee.

Funding for this story comes form the Robert Sillins Family Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts.