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Here's how to get early access to Bob Dylan's huge archive

Hopefully you've got a research project in mind.

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:

For more information on the application process, click here and here.

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.

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