Norah Guthrie

Woody Guthrie Welcomed to Oklahoma with New Archives

Apr 25, 2013
A mural of Woody Guthrie holding his guitar on the side of the Woody Guthrie Center in Tulsa.
Kurt Gwartney / KGOU

Woody Guthrie’s relationship with his home state has always been complicated. The singer-songwriter left dust bowl Oklahoma and traveled the nation, composing some of the best-known songs of his time and ours.

But to many in the state, his progressive political views did not fit with a strong conservative streak during the Cold War period, but his reputation is now closer to a full restoration as Tulsa prepares to host his archives.