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You’re doin’ fine, Oklahoma!

Did you know that the beloved musical Oklahoma! was based on a play by Oklahoma’s own Lynn Riggs? Riggs was born on a farm in Claremore in 1899, in what was then known as Indian Territory. His professional career produced 21 … Continue reading

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Now on Display: Life in the Circus

McFarlin Library Special Collections is proud to announce our first physical exhibit since March 2020 titled “Life in the Circus”. Graduate students from the Museum Science and Management program designed and implemented the exhibit this past semester. The exhibit focuses … Continue reading

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University Memories

Happy Holidays from Special Collections! This time of year is wonderful to sit back and look upon the memories created throughout the year. And here at Special Collections, we are able to look back quite a few years! Our student … Continue reading

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Thanksgiving

When it comes to Thanksgiving, it is sometimes easy to forget the narrative of our Indigenous Peoples. However, the voices that prevail continue to give prayers of thanksgiving. One of these voices is Soan Mahngotaysee (sooahn= swan) (mon-go-tahi-see), Chief Strongheart of … Continue reading

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Lewis and Clark Expedition

If you ever travel to St. Charles, Missouri, you are bound to discover a wealth of knowledge about the expedition of Meriwether Lewis and William Clark, for it was the starting point of their journey. Their travels lasted from 1804 … Continue reading

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Jane Austen

“The person, be it gentleman or lady, who has not pleasure in a good novel, must be intolerably stupid.” ― Jane Austen, Northanger Abbey  Beloved Jane Austen is most notably known for her six major novels. Most dear to both my heart … Continue reading

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WWI Memorabilia

World War I is one of the larger collections we house at Special Collections. This ranges from numerous items such as correspondence, trench maps, physical items such as a nurse’s cap, diaries, postcards and more. The diaries show everyday life … Continue reading

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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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