Category Archives: literature

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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“Roots” by Alex Haley

I hope that everybody is staying warm and dry this week! Today, instead of writing about multiple objects, I’m just going to write about one very special one that was recently brought to my attention. This is a first edition … Continue reading

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Bibliographic Curios–Picture Edition

Book are the magical portals where we create our own adventures without ever leaving the reading nook. Books often contain beautiful works of art, but have you ever stopped to think about the book itself as a work of art? Not just … Continue reading

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Bibliographic Curios–Mini Edition

It is a safe assumption that people who work in a library love books of many different sizes, shapes, colors, and textures, even smells! The books of the Special Collections Department are a treat of old, rare, and unique books … Continue reading

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The Gertrude Stein Stein

As you may already know, the Special Collections Department houses a number of interesting objects. These objects are tucked away on the shelves with thousands of manuscripts, letters, and books. There is a lot of variety among these objects, we … Continue reading

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Once Upon a Time: A Brief and Unassuming History of Children’s Literature

The Wyse Childe Children’s literature can be traced back to the oral traditions of storytelling enjoyed by adults and children alike.  Many of the classic tales and fables were originally created for grown-ups, later to be adapted for younger ears–although … Continue reading

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Edith Nesbit archive

We here at Special Collections and University Archives at The University of Tulsa McFarlin Library are pleased to announce that the Edith Nesbit archive has been fully reprocessed and is now better organized and more easily accessible to patrons. Edith … Continue reading

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Craig Sheppard’s Illustrations

Craig Sheppard was born in Lawton, Oklahoma, in 1913 and studied art at the University of Oklahoma in Norman. During his college days, he was also a bareback rider in rodeos from Oklahoma to New York’s Madison Square Garden. After … Continue reading

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Walt Whitman

In 1952, Tulsa businessman Rush Greenslade and group called the Tulsa Bibliophiles deposited with McFarlin Library a large collection of Walt Whitman books, and ephemera, creating the first ‘rare book room’ in the library.  This was in the north wing … Continue reading

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Ruth Prawer Jhabvala

Ruth Prawer Jhabvala is the only person to win both a Booker Prize and an Oscar. During her lifetime she wrote a dozen novels, 23 screenplays, and numerous collections of short stories. In 2002, she was granted a joint fellowship … Continue reading

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