Johnny Cash archives in Tulsa?
Arts • Heirs of country music legend in talks to move archives to city
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.