The Bob Dylan Archive is finally ready – but only certain people be allowed to look at all his stuff.
So if you're a die-hard Dylan fan who can't wait to explore the 6,000-plus items – including handwritten lyrics, photographs, contracts, letters, video and audio recordings – you better have a good research project in mind, a news release says.
The Bob Dylan Archive, which is at the Helmerich Center for American Research in Tulsa, Oklahoma, will only be available to "individuals with qualified research projects, and only by appointment" due to high demand.
So if this is you, here's what you've got to do to see the archives:
- Familiarize yourself with what's in the archive, and submit a research associate application form to email@example.com.
- Then you'll be asked to look at the The Bob Dylan Archive Finding Aids to come up with a list of specific items you want to see.
- Once your access has been approved, you'll be able to set up an appointment to visit the archive and see the things you requested.
Of course, if you really don't want to bother with all that homework, you can wait a while to see what's inside.
Rolling Stone, which calls the archive "staggering" and "massive," says that eventually some items from the archive will be available for public viewing at the Bob Dylan Center. An opening date for that hasn't been announced yet.
The University of Tulsa acquired Dylan's secret archive last year for an estimated $15-$20 million.