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Okla. Foundation Buys Woody Guthrie Archive (Dec 28, 2011)

TULSA, Okla. (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 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."

Guthrie died of Huntington's disease in 1967.

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

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