Category Archives: Popular Culture

McFarlin Fellows Dinner: An Evening with Tim Blake Nelson

This past Thursday, April 6th, the Special Collections department and McFarlin Fellows hosted the last dinner and reception for the 2016-2017 year. The evening started off promptly at 6:30 p.m. with cocktails and conversation in the Faculty Study Lounge. Following … Continue reading

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Bob Dylan Archive now open to select applicants—at the Helmerich Center for American Research

Even a full year after The University of Tulsa and the George Kaiser Family Foundation completed their acquisition of the Bob Dylan Archive, we here at Special Collections still get phone calls and emails from curious and enthusiastic Dylan fans … Continue reading

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New acquisition: Hard Times punk fanzine

Special Collections has newly acquired Hard Times, a punk fanzine that was published in Maywood, New Jersey. The magazine was focused on the punk rock scene of New York City that featured letters, interviews, pictorials, and cartoons. The original run of the … Continue reading

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New acquisition, Jack C. Rea library of Science Fiction

The staff recently began moving in the Jack C. Rea Library of Science Fiction, approximately 81 linear feet of hard cover first editions and first bound editions of the works of Science Fiction authors from the 1930s to the 1990s.  … Continue reading

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Edwardian Flirtations for Valentine’s Day

A charming glimpse into frivolous Edwardian  literature and society is the small chapbook (a cheap publication intended to be thrown away) titled New Book of Flirtations: No. 18. Containing the Language of Postage Stamps All the Secret Signs, Insinuations, Invitations … Continue reading

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A Study in Sherlock

Are you an ardent fan of Sherlock Holmes and his detective adventures? Can you not get enough of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s best creation and the multitude of adaptations that have followed? If you answered yes to any of those … Continue reading

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I, Libertine–Fake book and literary hoax

During a recent staff meeting at McFarlin Library Special Collections and University Archives, the topic of fake books and literary hoaxes came up. The one fake book that grabbed everyone’s attention was “I, Libertine” by Frederick R. Ewing. This book … Continue reading

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Birthdays for October 2: Wallace Stevens and Graham Greene

Today, October 2nd, marks the birthday of two authors who are part of the University of Tulsa’s Special Collections. Wallace Stevens (1879-1955) was an American Modernist poet born in Reading, Pennsylvania who attended law school and then worked for an … Continue reading

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Playbills

TU Special Collections owns an impressive assortment of Playbill theater programs gathered from several donor gifts and acquisitions, related to productions that ran in theater houses from across the U.S. Currently we are organizing and taking inventory of the individual … Continue reading

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New acquisition: Orson Welles and the unproduced Heart of Darkness film

Special Collections recently acquired the story outline for a film version of Heart of Darkness that was written by Orson Welles in the late 1930s—originally intended to be his first major picture. He wrote a full screenplay, but executives at RKO Studios thought … Continue reading

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