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Medieval-era Manuscripts and Incunabula

McFarlin Library Special Collections is home to an extraordinary diverse and old narrative. Some dating back as far as 1207 CE, such as our original leaf from the Koran. The writer spent 22 years of his life working on the … Continue reading

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Farewell, Special Collections!

Today, I am writing my last blog post from the McFarlin Tower. My two years Master’s program has come to an end and I am finishing up my commitment to this assistantship next Friday. In lieu of writing a new … Continue reading

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The Black Swallow of Death

We recently acquired a new first edition of a book entitled “The Black Swallow of Death”, by P. J. Carisella and James W. Ryan. This book, published in 1972, tells the story of the world’s first Black combat aviator, Eugene … Continue reading

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Studer’s Popular Ornithology: The Birds of North America

Happy Spring! The weather is getting warmer this week and the birds are chirping. Have you ever wondered what kinds of birds are chirping at you? If you did wonder, you probably googled it. When people used to want to … Continue reading

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Women in our Digital Collections

Not every person represented in our collection is “famous”. Many items in our collection capture seemingly insignificant pinpoints in time, letters and notes and photographs of people just living their lives. Sometimes the items can be sad, confusing, or even … Continue reading

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Stevie Smith Collection and Library

Stevie Smith, the English poet and novelist, passed away 50 years ago this week on March 7, 1951. Special Collections has a sizable collection of hers, with 30 document boxes containing manuscripts, drawings, and original poem drafts. We also have … Continue reading

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Langston Hughes, Booker T. Washington, and Ada Lois Fisher

Today, for the final post of Black History Month, I chose to have a look through some of our books by Black authors. We have quite a few first editions by noteworthy Black authors that I thought I would share … Continue reading

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William Pickett “The Bulldogger”

If you were to come into our office today, you would be immediately captivated by the large poster hanging on the wall in our lobby. Measuring over six feet tall and about three and a half feet wide, this movie … Continue reading

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Robert J. Farris Slides

As a (fledgling) birder, hiker, and once-upon-a-time wildlife biologist, anytime I see anything on our shelves that says “bird”, my interest is piqued. I have been walking past this stack of boxes for almost two years now, but the slides … Continue reading

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J. M. W. Turner Line Engravings

Happy New Year! This marks the beginning of my last semester as a graduate assistant at the University of Tulsa. I am excited for the next chapters of my life, but I know that I will enjoy writing new blog … Continue reading

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