Bob Dylan Center is dedicated to the study and appreciation of the legendary artist

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  • Saturday, 15 May 2021

The Bob Dylan Center will open on May 10, 2022, welcoming visitors from around the world to access and interact with more than 100,000 exclusive cultural treasures found in The Bob Dylan Archive. Photo: AFP

Bob Dylan fans will soon have a new site of pilgrimage: Tulsa, Oklahoma in the United States. After a career spanning more than half a century, the American songwriter will be honoured with the opening of a museum in his name in spring 2022.

In the three-storey building,"Dylanphiles" will be able to discover more than 100,000 artefacts tracing the life and work of the folk legend.

On display will be manuscripts of his best-known songs, previously unreleased recordings and rare photographs such as a portrait of the artist on stage during his 1974 tour, taken by the late photographer Barry Feinstein.

The Bob Dylan Centre will be the culmination of an exhaustive process of cataloging and digitising Bob Dylan's archives, most of which have never been made public.

The collection was acquired in 2016 by the George Kaiser Family Foundation and the University of Tulsa for a sum estimated by the New York Times to be between US$15mil (RM62mil) and US$20mil (RM83mil).

"It's going to start anew the way people study Bob Dylan," Sean Wilentz, a historian at Princeton University and author of a biography of the singer, assured the American daily at the time. - AFP

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