Johnny Cash ar­chives in Tulsa?

Arts • Heirs of coun­try mu­sic leg­end in talks to move ar­chives to city

Tulsa World - - Metro&region - By Michael Over­all Michael Over­all 918-581-8383 michael.over­all @tul­ Twit­ter: @MichaelOver­all2

With the Bob Dy­lan ar­chives al­ready here, the heirs of Johnny Cash are re­port­edly ne­go­ti­at­ing to make Tulsa the home of the coun­try mu­sic leg­end's ar­chives as well.

Adding Cash to the col­lec­tion could be part of bil­lion­aire Ge­orge Kaiser's plan to “make Tulsa the head­quar­ters of Amer­i­cana mu­sic,” ac­cord­ing to a re­port Thurs­day in the Wash­ing­ton Post.

The Ge­orge Kaiser Fam­ily Foun­da­tion paid an undis­closed amount of money for the Dy­lan ar­chives in 2016, but pub­lished es­ti­mates put the num­ber between $15 mil­lion and $20 mil­lion. Pre­sum­ably, the Cash ar­chives also would be worth mil­lions.

A spokes­woman for the Dy­lan ar­chives de­clined to com­ment Thurs­day.

Housed in a cli­mate-con­trolled vault at the Helmerich Cen­ter for Amer­i­can Re­search at the Gil­crease Mu­seum, the Dy­lan ar­chives in­clude more than 6,000 ob­jects rang­ing from leather jack­ets to hand­writ­ten lyrics, along with tens of thou­sands of dig­i­tized au­dio and video clips.

Most of the ar­chives will re­main at Gil­crease, where ac­cess is tightly re­stricted to re­searchers.

But some high­lights of the col­lec­tion will even­tu­ally move to a Bob Dy­lan Cen­ter in down­town Tulsa, sim­i­lar to the Woody Guthrie Cen­ter that was opened by the Kaiser Foun­da­tion in 2013.

The Cash ar­chives would likely re­ceive a sim­i­lar treat­ment. A fre­quent col­lab­o­ra­tor with Dy­lan, Cash died in 2003 at age 71.

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