• Page 1 of [Statement of Permission from Woody Guthrie to Library of Congress, March 9, 1942]

    430 6th Ave., New York City, 3-9-'42 53 B-25 TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERN: I hereby give the Library of Congress, Music Division, Archives of American folk songs, the right to release for public consumption, my version of the ballad, "Gypsy Davy.". Take it easy, but take it. Very truly yours, W. W. (Woody) Guthrie W. W. (Woody) Guthrie Beat The axis 1 2–10 ...

    • Contributor: Guthrie, Woody
    • Original Format: Manuscripts/Mixed Material
    • Date: 1942-03-09
  • [Letter from Woody Guthrie to Alan Lomax, ca. December 1941]

    • Contributor: Guthrie, Woody
    • Original Format: Manuscripts/Mixed Material
    • Date: 1941-12-20
  • Page 2 of [Letter from Woody Guthrie to Alan Lomax, January 22, 1941]

    2 you caint look out acrost the mountains around here without seeing two or three little old shacks a sticking up on the side of one. Them old boyshas got a little hole drilled back in the mountain and they're up there doing all right with a long handle shoved and a good pick and a wheelbarfow as I was over to a Italian ...

    • Contributor: Guthrie, Woody
    • Original Format: Manuscripts/Mixed Material
    • Date: 1941-01-22
  • Page 1 of [Letter from Woody Guthrie to Alan Lomax, ca. April 1941]

    Howdy Alan — How's old war shit Ton coming? All well here. Been singing around at some few Peace Rallies, Womens Teas, Union Meetings and so forth. Just heard from Pete Bowers. Him & Lee Hays and Mill Lampell are a knocking songs out to beat hell and I hope they beat it. Good old boys. Hows your wife? Too busy to drop us ...

    • Contributor: Guthrie, Woody
    • Original Format: Manuscripts/Mixed Material
    • Date: 1941-04-01
  • Page 6 of [Vote for Bloat]

    (More pages) two cement men, and one holiness preacher. The men down there built up a big black board and drawed off some white lines on it for a score board, you know, and every hour a feller with a wet rag in his hip pocket would come out and mark down in each colum what took place in each precinct and they had ...

    • Contributor: Guthrie, Woody
    • Original Format: Manuscripts/Mixed Material
    • Date: 1940-09-20
  • Page 1 of [Letter from Woody Guthrie to Alan Lomax, ca. late July 1940]

    31 East 21 Street % H. Ambellan New York City Dear Allan & Elizabeth: Got your letter about the Alliance feller. Will get in touch with him right away. Thanks for the tip. Jim Garland, Sarah Ogan, and me put on a radio program over WNYC last week. We got 3 more coming up. Ivan Black of Cafe Society was on the phone when ...

    • Contributor: Guthrie, Woody
    • Original Format: Manuscripts/Mixed Material
    • Date: 1940-07-20
  • Woody Guthrie manuscript collection, 1935-1950

    The Woody Guthrie manuscript collection includes unpublished correspondence, most are letters from Guthrie to Alan Lomax, assistant in charge of the Archive of American Folk Song at the Library of Congress, dated 1940-1942; plus drawings; essays; song lyrics; and a songbook, "Songs of Woody Guthrie."

    • Contributor: Guthrie, Woody - Lomax, Alan - Spivacke, Harold
    • Original Format: Manuscripts/Mixed Material
  • Page 1 of [Letter from Woody Guthrie to Columbia, ca. June 17, 1942]

    WAR SONGS ARE WORK SONGS By Woody Guthrie D-32 The Columbia Recording Co., New York City, N.Y. Dear Sirs: You are rationed, I suppose, a lot like the migratory workers that are trying to get from crop to crop in broke down rattletraps that have been rationed now, both inside the gas tank, on the tires, and under the hood, and in the stomach ...

    • Contributor: Guthrie, Woody
    • Original Format: Manuscripts/Mixed Material
    • Date: 1942-06-17
  • Page 7 of [Letter from Woody Guthrie to Alan Lomax, September 19, 1940]

    7 what or where or when somebody will raise up and try to put their foot in my good jungle stew because it is mighty apt to happen and it means so much not only to me but to my friends and relatives that I'll be able to help and my wife and three kids are feeling pretty good for the first time in ...

    • Contributor: Guthrie, Woody
    • Original Format: Manuscripts/Mixed Material
    • Date: 1940-09-19
  • [Letter from Woody Guthrie to Columbia, ca. June 17, 1942]

    • Contributor: Guthrie, Woody
    • Original Format: Manuscripts/Mixed Material
    • Date: 1942-06-17
  • Page 2 of [Letter from Woody Guthrie to Alan Lomax, January 13, 1941]

    I'm down here — really down WG RECEIVED THE LIBRARY OF CONGRESS MAIL & DEL. DIV. THIRD MAIL JAN 17 1941 Alan Lomax Library of Congress Music End of St Washington D.C

    • Contributor: Guthrie, Woody
    • Original Format: Manuscripts/Mixed Material
    • Date: 1941-01-13
  • The Railroad Cricket

    • Contributor: Guthrie, Woody
    • Original Format: Manuscripts/Mixed Material
    • Date: 1941-01-30
  • Ken Lindsay collection of Woody Guthrie correspondence, 1952-1953

    This collection contains unpublished correspondence between Woody Guthrie, two of his wives, and British recording distributor, Ken Lindsay.

    • Contributor: Guthrie, Woody - Lindsay, Ken
    • Original Format: Manuscripts/Mixed Material
    • Date: 1952-02-1953
  • Page 1 of [Contract between RCA Manufacturing Company and Woody Guthrie, April 24, 1940]

    D-44 RCA MANUFACTURING COMPANY, INC. A RADIO CORPORATION OF AMERICA SUBSIDIARY Camden, New Jersey Mr. Woody Guthrie 203 W. Craven Ave., Pampa, Texas, Date April 24, 1940 Dear Sir: ARTISTS LETTER AGREEMENT 1. This Letter Agreement will constitute an agreement between you and RCA Manufacturing Company, Inc. (herein called "the Company") for the rendering of personal services by you in connection with the production ...

    • Contributor: Rca Manufacturing Company, Inc - Guthrie, Woody
    • Original Format: Manuscripts/Mixed Material
    • Date: 1940-04-24
  • [Letter from Woody Guthrie to Alan Lomax, ca. January 1941]

    • Contributor: Guthrie, Woody
    • Original Format: Manuscripts/Mixed Material
    • Date: 1941-01-01
  • Page 1 of [Letter from Woody Guthrie to Alan Lomax, February 20, 1941]

    Dear Alan: It is raining to beat the devil here and I'm sorry as hell to hear that Back Where I Come From is kicked off of the air. I wired to Nick asking him if I could possibly go back to work and he wired me that it was all off. Too honest again I suppose? Maybe not purty enough. Oh well, this ...

    • Contributor: Guthrie, Woody
    • Original Format: Manuscripts/Mixed Material
    • Date: 1941-02-20
  • Page 6 of [Letter from Woody Guthrie to Alan Lomax, September 19, 1940]

    6 registered in California as a democrat and changet it one day to a progressive just because I was passing the ladys house. I done that on a dare more or less from a girl I was out walking. So I wrote back to the columnist and thanked him and I dont care what number he is. Members is like a slot machine the ...

    • Contributor: Guthrie, Woody
    • Original Format: Manuscripts/Mixed Material
    • Date: 1940-09-19
  • Page 2 of [Letter from Woody Guthrie to Alan Lomax, February 20, 1941]

    2 to where I got married, got into the Superstition Business, left Texas and come to California where I stayed under the bridges. Well, this letter is getting too long. Got to nose her down. Take it easy, but I know you'll take it. Your friend, Woody Guthrie Woody Guthrie 2-20-1941 I aint got no right real dependable address yet, but will let you ...

    • Contributor: Guthrie, Woody
    • Original Format: Manuscripts/Mixed Material
    • Date: 1941-02-20
  • Page 1 of The Railroad Cricket

    The Railroad Cricket Just offhanded you might think that us human beings is the only things that sing. But I doubt this. You got words and you know what they mean when you hear somebody sing them but when you hear somebody a singing in a foreign language, say, and you cant tell what the words means, they are just sounds of so much ...

    • Contributor: Guthrie, Woody
    • Original Format: Manuscripts/Mixed Material
    • Date: 1941-01-30
  • [Letter from Woody Guthrie to Alan Lomax, January 22, 1941]

    • Contributor: Guthrie, Woody
    • Original Format: Manuscripts/Mixed Material
    • Date: 1941-01-22
  • [Letter from Woody Guthrie to Victor, ca. June 17, 1942]

    • Contributor: Guthrie, Woody
    • Original Format: Manuscripts/Mixed Material
    • Date: 1942-06-17
  • Page 1 of [Letter from Woody Guthrie to Alan Lomax, January 13, 1941]

    From Songs of the Cattle Trail

    • Contributor: Guthrie, Woody
    • Original Format: Manuscripts/Mixed Material
    • Date: 1941-01-13
  • [Contract between RCA Manufacturing Company and Woody Guthrie, April 24, 1940]

    • Contributor: Rca Manufacturing Company, Inc - Guthrie, Woody
    • Original Format: Manuscripts/Mixed Material
    • Date: 1940-04-24
  • Page 2 of [Letter from Woody Guthrie to Alan Lomax, February 15, 1941]

    2 Have made a few bookings out here already, the APM, People's World Forum, etc., and they are as worked up over the songs of the east coast as they are of their own west coast. It is a good thing to see a feeling so solid from coast to coast and to see the songs of the midwest or the old broke down ...

    • Contributor: Guthrie, Woody
    • Original Format: Manuscripts/Mixed Material
    • Date: 1941-02-15
  • Page 4 of [Letter from Woody Guthrie to Alan Lomax, September 19, 1940]

    4 and kids and husbands and ice men and the traveling salesman or debts you would like to be able to pay off if you could only raise the money — and so the tune fades away and thats the last of it. Everybody makes up music and some folks try to harness it and put it to work just like steam that you ...

    • Contributor: Guthrie, Woody
    • Original Format: Manuscripts/Mixed Material
    • Date: 1940-09-19