Category Archives: Collections

Wedding Time!

Kelsey, my fabulous co-GA, happens to be getting married this weekend, so I want to make a ‘toast’ by looking at wedding themed materials in our collection. It has been far too many years since my own wedding, so it … Continue reading

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Taking an X-Ray of the Liberty Bell

My current project in the Special Collections Department has involved the processing of material related to the International Petroleum Exposition (the IPE). The IPE occurred in Tulsa at various intervals between 1923 and 1979. I plan on writing a celebratory … Continue reading

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What’s in a Map?

I recently saw a silly sign the other day that said something to the effect of ‘nobody likes old stuff!’ and I want to spend some time debunking that claim. I know for a fact that quite a number of … Continue reading

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The Most Photographed Dog in the World

On the morning of February 12, 1946, three gunshots ripped through the air in Claremore, Oklahoma. Those shots killed the famous Collie Sunnybrook, who belonged to Robert and Paula Love. He was known as “the most photographed dog in the … Continue reading

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Movies And Books Set In Tulsa And Oklahoma

Neither Oklahoma nor Tulsa are considered very Hollywood-esque, but still there have been a few movies and books that have taken place here over the years. Special Collections holds a number of different collections of interest that I thought might … Continue reading

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American Glass: Bohemia, The Great Depression, Mid Century, and Beyond

Special Collections is pleased to announce the new exhibit about American glass. Glass has been produced in a myriad of shapes, colors, sizes, and textures across the globe. From the most practical, mundane glass in everyday use to the most … Continue reading

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Authorial Adventures and a Publisher’s Prowess

As Kelsey mentioned last week, McFarlin Special Collections contains a large number of letters and manuscripts from a variety of authors. These collections document both the most mundane aspects of life and the most important moments and they range in … Continue reading

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Love and War Part 2

Love and War introduced Lieutenant Edward Brown and his written courtship of Leila Claribel Owens. Part 1 let us peer into his mind as he poured out his love for Leila during his military service in Europe. For Part 2, we … Continue reading

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Sverre Braathen Circus Collection

The Special Collections Department houses a sizeable amount of circus related materials in several collections. Today, I’m going to focus on one small collection that once belonged to Sverre and Faye Braathen. Sverre Braathen was an attorney by trade, but … 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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