Thursday, July 19
“Collecting Woody” is an illustrated presentation, followed by questions and answers, displaying a broad variety of highlights from Barry Ollman’s archive of the original correspondence, artworks, books and related ephemera of Woody Guthrie and his circle. Barry’s images and stories of the hunt for these cultural treasures make for a stimulating and revealing presentation, bringing new insights and understanding to the Woody Guthrie story.
Barry Ollman has been a collector of rare letters and autograph material of famous people for more than 30 years. His special interest in those who spoke for the voiceless and disadvantaged led him straight to Woody Guthrie and he has since built an important archive of Woody’s papers, letters and artworks. Other areas of interest include Lead Belly, Pete Seeger, Bob Dylan, the early days of Rock & Roll and American social movements from 1920 to 1970 with emphasis on the Women’s and Civil Rights Movements. In 1996 Nora Guthrie and the late Harold Leventhal asked Ollman to be one of the first members of the Board of Advisors to The Woody Guthrie Foundation and Archives. Ollman lives in Colorado where he writes and records his music, works on his collection and does volunteer work for various non-profit groups, primarily arts and music related.
Read more about Ollman’s collecting and musical adventures at www.barryollman.com.