• Page 1 of [Letter from Woody Guthrie to Library of Congress, ca. 1942]

    Woody Notice: Please put this in as the front page in my song book you got there, you know, Songs of Woody Guthrie, New York Town New York City New York Street New York Everything N.Y.N.Y.N.Y.N.Y.N.Y.N.Y. Dear Library of Congress I just got the copy of my song book that you printed up. I got a carbon copy, and about a third carbon at ...

    • Contributor: Guthrie, Woody
    • Original Format: Manuscripts/Mixed Material
    • Date: 1942-11-01
  • 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 1 of [Letter from Woody Guthrie to Almanac Singers, June 19, 1942]

    A-33 148 West 14th Street, Apartment 14, New York City June 19, 1942 ALMANAC SINGERS INCORPORATED, FOB, Detroit., Comrades, Commandos, and Fellow Workers, Techincians, United Engineers, salutations; Factory workers, miners, railroaders, Peasants, Sharecroppers and Union Labor! Hold The Fort! Greetings: Enclosed is the copy of the song, 'Goin' Away To Sea', which you requested. Thank you, Greetings, Hail the Army, Hail the Marines, Salute ...

    • Contributor: Guthrie, Woody
    • Original Format: Manuscripts/Mixed Material
    • Date: 1942-06-19
  • [Letter from Woody Guthrie to Alan Lomax, ca. April 1941]

    • Contributor: Guthrie, Woody
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    • Date: 1941-04-01
  • [Letter from Woody Guthrie to Almanac Singers, June 19, 1942]

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    • Date: 1942-06-19
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    Woody NO TITLE by Woody Back in the early day when folks was a crowding into Oklahoma from other states to get a piece of land and buy farms and stuff like that, they had some hard times, and some tough people, and some good times, and good people. My dad was the first clerk of the county court in the little town of ...

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  • [Letter from Woody Guthrie to Library of Congress, ca. 1942]

    • Contributor: Guthrie, Woody
    • Original Format: Manuscripts/Mixed Material
    • Date: 1942-11-01
  • Page 1 of [Letter from Woody Guthrie to Alan Lomax, June 17, 1942]

    A 30 Alan Lomax, Library of Congress, Music Division. 647 Hudson Street, New York June 17, 1942 Dear Alan: You guys still making up Washington Bad Houses Talking In View of the New Sitation Crowded On Account of The War Effort Blueses? I hope so. I shore did like the one that you done up at Hootenany Hall when you was through here some ...

    • Contributor: Guthrie, Woody
    • Original Format: Manuscripts/Mixed Material
    • Date: 1942-06-17
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    2 I guess you wonder how the devil folks could be happier out in a wild and wooly place like Oklahoma was right after it got to being a state. Well folks sometimes are a lot better satisfied a building up somethin, than they are after they get it built up. I dont know why that is. I remember how they use to celebrate. ...

    • Contributor: Guthrie, Woody
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  • Page 2 of [Letter from Woody Guthrie to Alan Lomax, ca. April 1941]

    Love & kisses to Nick Ray. He's a good mathematician. Got 700 WPA Workers 6 mos salary. Poore schoolin but dam good raisin. Poore figurin but good horse sense. Old Nick. I guess him & Leadbelly will tear old Jerusalem down sine I left them away up there by there self.

    • Contributor: Guthrie, Woody
    • Original Format: Manuscripts/Mixed Material
    • Date: 1941-04-01
  • 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 ...

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    • Original Format: Manuscripts/Mixed Material
    • Date: 1941-02-20
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  • [Letter from Woody Guthrie to Alan Lomax, 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, June 7, 1942]

    A - 26 {Begin deleted text} {End deleted text} 330 West {Begin deleted text} {End deleted text} 11 Street, Apartment 14 New York City, N.Y. June 7th, 1942 c/o Almanac Singers Hello Alan and Everybody: While out west a few months ago, I found an old notebook full of my songs. One of the relatives rustled it from under a pile or two of ...

    • Contributor: Guthrie, Woody
    • Original Format: Manuscripts/Mixed Material
    • Date: 1942-06-07
  • [Letter from Woody Guthrie to Alan Lomax, February 20, 1941]

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    • Date: 1941-02-20
  • [Letter from Woody Guthrie to Victor, ca. June 17, 1942]

    • Contributor: Guthrie, Woody
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    • Date: 1942-06-17
  • Page 1 of [Letter from Woody Guthrie to Victor, ca. June 17, 1942]

    D-31 WAR SONGS ARE WORK SONGS By Woody Guthrie The Victor Recording Co., Mr. R. P. Weatheral {Begin deleted text} {End deleted text} d , Dear Mr. Weatherald: In these days of a war to the death against fascism, when our whole nation is buckling down to the job of working and fighting the greatest war that ever come over the face of the ...

    • Contributor: Guthrie, Woody
    • Original Format: Manuscripts/Mixed Material
    • Date: 1942-06-17
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    6 the big middle of th' road — a chasin' a boom", he told me. Chasin' th' boom. A chasin' th' boom. I scratched my knob for about a minute, and then I remembered — the booms. Mainly because I'd sold whiskey in every known style and fashion, and slipped it over and under counters and out back doors, and had delivered drinkin liquor ...

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  • [Letter from Woody Guthrie to Alan Lomax, June 7, 1942]

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    • Date: 1942-06-07
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    5 This forty acres had been cleared off and stumped out once ... and had an old rotten house that looked like a seed wart on a chorus girls hand. Or like some sort of a breakin out. It just didn't quite look natural to me. I never had thought of Oklahoma as a state of deserted farms and shell shocked houses, and limber ...

    • Contributor: Guthrie, Woody
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  • 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 [Letter from Woody Guthrie to Alan Lomax, January 22, 1941]

    A-15 Columbia, Calif., Jan. 22, 1941 Howdy Alan Well I guess the new car fever has wore down just a little bit but it aint run into the New York fever yet, and I feel pretty sure that it wont. Come through about 16 new states on the way out here. Drawed a purty big horse shoe curve on the U.S. road map as ...

    • Contributor: Guthrie, Woody
    • Original Format: Manuscripts/Mixed Material
    • Date: 1941-01-22
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    3 where to catch midcat, rock perch, channel cat, buffalo, carp, and rock bass all along the rivers and drifts and all along the indian creeks and water holes. And I say they aint a state ner a country that can out fight or outcelebrate Oklahoma. Nor outconnt you on votes. But my family hit a little hard luck and I had to hit ...

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  • [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 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