The TU Institute for Bob Dylan Studies is one component of a three-part collaboration that includes The Bob Dylan Archive at the Helmerich Center for American Research and the George Kaiser Family Foundation. Working separately and together, our mission is to explore Dylan’s wide-ranging work and share new discoveries with diverse audiences across the globe.
The Bob Dylan Archive is housed at the Helmerich Center for American Research, a state-of-the-art facility owned and managed by the University of Tulsa and located adjacent to the world-renowned Gilcrease Museum. It houses decades of never-before-seen handwritten manuscripts, notebooks, and correspondence; films, videos, photographs, and artwork; memorabilia; personal documents; and unrecorded song lyrics and chords. Prospective researchers interested in examining these materials should contact the Archive directly.
The George Kaiser Family Foundation is currently in the process of designing and building the Bob Dylan Center, which will be located in downtown Tulsa’s vibrant Arts District. It will be the outward-facing dimension of this partnership. When completed, the Center will design exhibits and related programming geared toward connecting the general public with Dylan’s life, work, and its larger cultural contexts.
The TU Institute for Bob Dylan Studies is our scholarly and academic arm. As the only university-based research center dedicated to a single popular artist, the Institute will drive scholarship and academic inquiry. Our mission is to think broadly and deeply about Dylan’s art, music, and legacy in a historical, literary, and cultural context. This multi-disciplinary initiative sponsored by The University of Tulsa will organize and host scholarly symposia, nurture academic research, reach out to individuals, universities and cultural organizations, and produce and disseminate a new generation of compelling studies on a unique cultural figure.