Category Archives: History

Alice Welford Archive

In 2010, the Department of Special Collections acquired a nursing journal and photograph album that belonged to Sister Alice Welford, Queen Alexandra’s Imperial Military Nursing Service Reserve, during the First World War. The Alice Welford Archive. Coll No. 2010.064 has … Continue reading

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The Book Detektive – A one-volume police force

Not a typo—The Book Detektive by Beach Cooke and Christopher Morley is a funny little package one of our students discovered in our uncataloged section recently. Produced in 1938, it was likely intended as a lighthearted miniature lending library system. It … Continue reading

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Historical photograph of the Space Shuttle Enterprise

As Department of Special Collections and University Archives is currently organizing the Arkansas Basin Development Association collection [Coll. No. 1991.007], Jennifer Carlson, a MSM Graduate Student intern chanced upon an image, originally on a 35mm slide, of the Space Shuttle Enterprise being barged along … Continue reading

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J. F. Standiford, photographer

Jacob Frank Standiford (1852-?) was a photographer in Indian Territory.  He was originally from what would become West Virginia, and part of his life was lived in Illinois and Kansas.  In 1878, he moved to Muskogee, I.T. and received a … Continue reading

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Oklahoma, Where Green Grow the Lilacs and the Wind Comes Sweeping Down the Plain

Born in 1899 near the small Oklahoma town of Claremore, Rollie Lynn Riggs, better known as Lynn Riggs, was an American author, playwright, and poet. Of Cherokee descent, Riggs wrote 21 plays, several short stories, a television script, and several … Continue reading

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Proper Etiquette at TU Special Collections

Browsing the shelves on the fifth floor of the University of Tulsa’s Special Collections, I found a little 4 ½ inch blue covered book titled True politeness: A hand-book of etiquette for ladies. The author attribution is “by an American … Continue reading

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Early University History, Part 2. Henry Kendall College, Muskogee, I. T.

This, the second installment on the history of the university, examines the history from the establishment of the school to the move to Tulsa. The first entry can be found here. Henry Kendall College opened its doors on September 12, 1894, … Continue reading

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On this day: March 11

In 1818, Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein was first published. Our three-volume first edition copy here at Special Collections is a particular favorite, and we make sure to point it out in tours. In 1918, a soldier at Fort Riley, Kansas, reported a headache, … Continue reading

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WWI diary- An experience at sea

The Department of Special Collections and University Archives at McFarlin Library has a vast collection of WWI material for faculty, students and researchers. One example is the personal diary of William John Thorne. W.J. Thorne, a leading telegraphist, kept a … Continue reading

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What Good Is A Newborn Baby? – Benjamin Franklin and his works

Anyone who is familiar with that phrase, would be so with Dr. Benjamin Franklin’s satirical style of writing that examined the political, personal, and social issues of the time.  Among his many other interests as a politician, Freemason, postmaster, scientist, … Continue reading

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