May 24, 2022

Special Collections: La Salle University’s Connelly Library is Building a Bob Dylan Collection

From The Valley News*:

The question has lingered in song since it was first posed in the 1960s: How many roads must a man walk down — before he becomes the subject of a major university archive devoted to helping researchers discern the meaning of his every move and utterance?

The answer, my friends, is at La Salle University, which runs what it believes to be the nation’s only academic collection focused on songwriter, poet, and troubadour Bob Dylan.


The archive holds loads of Dylaniana — more than 1,000 items, including rare bootleg records, concert posters, fan art, journals, DVDs, and tour T-shirts and programs. “They have hundreds, maybe even thousands, of recordings of Bob that aren’t readily available,” said Mark Sutton, an Australian who this year completed a doctorate on Dylan at the University of Sydney.

Today, hundreds of people connect to the archive via the Internet each year, though perhaps only 10 physically show up. They’re authors, researchers, aficionados.

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Direct to Bob Dylan Collection Web Site (via La Salle Library)

Direct to: Search the Bob Dylan Collection (via La Salle Library OPAC)

See Also: The Hibbing, Minnesota (Robert Zimmerman’s/Bob Dylan’s Hometown) Public Library Also Has a Bob Dylan Collection

*Note: This article was originally published by the Philadelphia Inquirer.

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