The Woody Guthrie Manuscript Collection, on which the online collection draws, has gone through several distinct stages in the effort to arrange, describe, digitize, and present its contents.
Marsha Maguire and Joseph C. Hickerson, the former archivist and former head of the Archive of Folk Culture, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress, processed and summarized the collection materials in 1987, based in part on an earlier list compiled by researcher Richard A. Reuss.
American Folklife Center archivist Nora Yeh discussed the preservation scanning of the collection with the Library's Preservation Reformatting Division (PRD) in 2000. James Hodson of PRD, working with National Digital Library Program digital conversion specialist Rachel Howard, brought the materials to the ITS Scan Lab, headed by Lynn Brooks and supervised by Domenico Sergi. Karl Rogers performed the bulk of the scanning, assisted by Glen Krankowski and Tina Wilson. Quality review was performed by James Hodson and Rachel Howard and derivative images were created by Rachel Howard using Image Alchemy.
Joseph C. Hickerson and Peggy Bulger, director of the American Folklife Center, traveled to New York to meet with Nora Guthrie (Woody Guthrie's daughter) and Harold Leventhal (attorney to the Woody Guthrie Foundation) to discuss making the collection available to the public through American Memory. Melissa Smith Levine, attorney for the National Digital Library Program, provided legal advice.
Rachel Howard created and encoded the EAD finding aid "Woody Guthrie Archival Materials in the Library of Congress" under the technical guidance of Mary Lacy of the Manuscript Division and Morgan Cundiff of the Network Development and MARC Standards Office. Researcher Mark Allan Jackson, Music Division reference librarian Pat Baughman, Recorded Sound reference librarian Janet Wilson McKee, and Joseph C. Hickerson participated in the discovery process. Ardith Bausenbach of the Automation Planning and Liaison Office (APLO) and Stanley D. Lerner of Information Technology Services (ITS) assisted in the final stages of EAD conversion and display.
Rachel Howard served as project leader, creating the item-level cataloging in the database, transcribing and encoding handwritten documents, and preparing many of the accompanying essays. Thomas Bramel and Robin Fanslow coordinated the efforts of the American Folklife Center's National Digital Library Program team. Caroline Arms of Information Technology Services (ITS) served as production liaison to the team, and Elizabeth Madden, Laura Graham, and Martha Anderson of the National Digital Library Program assisted with SGML inquiries. Ariel Rosenblum of the National Digital Library Program coordinated the SGML encoding of the typescripts by Systems Integration Group (SIG). Barak Stussman of ITS, with the assistance of David Woodward, indexed and programmed the database using InQuery. Glenn Ricci of the National Digital Library Program designed the Web site. Emily Lind Baker and Jurretta Jordan Heckscher of the National Digital Library Program and James Hardin of the American Folklife Center edited the accompanying essays. Michael Hughes of the Office of the General Counsel (OGC) prepared the copyright statement and finalized permissions with the Guthrie family.
Special thanks to Mark Allan Jackson, Ph.D. candidate in English at Louisiana State University and author of the special presentation biographical essay on Woody Guthrie; and to the Woody Guthrie Foundation and Archives staff (Executive Director Nora Guthrie, attorneys Harold Leventhal and Wayne Rooks, archivist Jorge Arevalo, and staff members Elizabeth Sanborn and Jenny Gotwals) for their invaluable advice and assistance.