Woody Guthrie Center

The Woody Guthrie Center became the first U.S. affiliate of the Los Angeles-based Grammy Museum Tuesday, which officials said will greatly expand the opportunities for both institutions. The Woody Guthrie Center joins the Bob Marley Museum in Kingston, Jamaica, which was announced as the first Grammy Museum affiliate in February. The Grammy Museum also has established partnerships with the University of Southern California and Oregon State University.

Woody Guthrie's relationship with his home state has always been complicated. The singer-songwriter left Oklahoma and traveled the nation, composing some of the best-known songs of his time and ours. But to many in the state, his progressive political views did not fit with a strong conservative streak during the Cold War period. His reputation there is now closer to a full restoration as Oklahoma opens his archives.