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Willie Nelson Donates Archives To UT’s Briscoe Center For American History

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Musican Willie Nelson performs at the John Varvatos 11th Annual Stuart House Benefit presented by Chrysler, Kids Tent by by Hasbro at John Varvatos Boutique on April 13, 2014 in West Hollywood, California. (credit: Rachel Murray/Getty Images for John Varvatos)

Musican Willie Nelson performs at the John Varvatos 11th Annual Stuart House Benefit presented by Chrysler, Kids Tent by by Hasbro at John Varvatos Boutique on April 13, 2014 in West Hollywood, California. (credit: Rachel Murray/Getty Images for John Varvatos)

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AUSTIN, Texas (CBSDFW.COM/AP) - Country star, actor and farm advocate Willie Nelson has donated many of his platinum records, manuscripts and creative documents to the University of Texas.

UT’s Dolph Briscoe Center for American History on Thursday announced Nelson’s gift. The Willie Nelson Collection in Austin will be the focus of an upcoming exhibit.

Dr. Don Carleton, Executive Director of the Dolph Briscoe Center for American History at UT-Austin spoke with 1080 KRLD about the donation from Nelson.

Willie Nelson Donates Archives To UT Austin

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UT officials say the collection includes letters and photos from fellow musicians including Dolly Parton, Johnny Cash, Kris Kristofferson, Merle Haggard and Lionel Richie. The items also pay tribute to Nelson’s fans and their gifts and notes to him over the years.

Grammy-winning Nelson, who turned 81 last month, co-founded the Farm Aid movement to help family farmers. He’s also appeared in more than three dozen films and television shows.

Nelson is from the Central Texas town of Abbott.

(© Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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