Monthly Archives: March 2016

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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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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New Acquisition (just in time for tornado season).

This week the department of Special Collections and University Archives has acquired a set of 24 cabinet card mounted photographs mostly taken in Indian and Oklahoma Territories and generally of Native American related subjects. The collection was assembled by Esther … 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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New appearance

You may notice some changes to the appearance of this blog.  We are attempting to make it appear more in line with the University’s current standards.

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Special Collections in the news

This morning the Department of Special Collections and University Archives appeared in the Tulsa World in an article about the E. Nelson Bridwell Collections (1989.001). The article may be found at here.

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All That Jazz…

Special Collections is pleased to announce that a new collection has been processed. Thanks to the generosity of Dr. James Ronda, former history professor here at the University of Tulsa, Special Collections now has a robust offering of turn of … 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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