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A collaborative project with the Woody Guthrie Center and the Woody Guthrie Archives in Tulsa, Oklahoma, will have students and faculty from Loyola University New Orleans transcribing a collection of Woody Guthrie interviews that are currently only available in audio format. Student workers will use state-of-the-art transcription software under the direction of Loyola New Orleans’ Department of History, as well as the Documentary and Oral History Studio, and Professors Patricia Carlin O’Keefe, Mark Fernandez, and Justin A. Nystrom.
The recordings include tape-recorded interviews from the 1970s by journalist Joe Klein, author of Woody Guthrie: A Life. “The transcriptions of these historical recordings will benefit researchers immensely and provide a wealth of information about Woody’s life and legacy to all our guests,” says Deana McCloud, executive director of the Woody Guthrie Center.