Category Archives: History

WWI Reconnaissance Photographs

November 11th, 2018 marks the centenary of the end of World War I. The Great War was one of the deadliest conflicts in history due to new technologies and industrial developments, with a great deal of trench warfare. It is … 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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Negro Directory, approximately 1910

Last week, TU’s Department of Special Collections acquired a list of people’s names, written in pencil in Staple and Fine Groceries account book labeled, also in pencil “Negro directory”.  Many have notations about the person, and often have street addresses. … Continue reading

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A Cry from the Middle Passage

The Department of Special Collections and University Archives recently acquired a copy of A Cry from the Middle Passage; or the Act of 1846, and its Effects on the Slave Trade. London: Seeleys, 1850. To try to explain the importance … Continue reading

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Tulsa Municipal Airport Ledger books

On August 28, 1963, Tulsa’s airport name was changed from Tulsa Municipal Airport to Tulsa International Airport. Today marks the 55th anniversary of the switch. TIA has gone through many changes and renovations over the years, but it started as … Continue reading

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Bert Hebbes WWI Letters archive, Coll No. 2007.017

Post by intern Tracy Ashby In 2007, the Department of Special Collections acquired a collection of letters that belonged to Bert Hebbes, a British Rifleman during the First World War. The Bert Hebbes WWI Letters archive, Coll No. 2007.017 is … Continue reading

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Alice Welford WWI photograph album and military nursing lecture journal, 1911-1918

As has been discussed before, the Alice Welford archive is available for research.  It has been recently reprocessed to take advantage of the new ArchivesSpace Archival Catalog we are now using.  Please take a look at it, if you are … Continue reading

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1918: Pandemic exhibit now open

The University of Tulsa Department of Special Collections and University Archives has opened a new exhibit for the summer of 2018 titled 1918: Pandemic. This exhibit focuses on 1918, the final year of World War I. With American troops joining the … Continue reading

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Special Collections New Acquisitions

Every six months or so, our Special Collections Librarian I. Marc Carlson compiles a list of all our new acquisitions. Within this list, everything is included, from single items, to entire collections, and even additions to collections we already house. … Continue reading

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The forgotten heroes: Dogs as soldiers

This November 11th marks the 91st official Armistice Day, better known as Veteran’s Day. The holiday dates back to November 11th, 1926, when Congress adopted a resolution in the summer of that year, requesting that the President honor the day … Continue reading

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