This new acquisition of 11 photographs came to us due to the University’s relationship
with the Thomas Gilcrease Museum. They had been given to the Gilcrease, but since the museum doesn’t collect race riot materials and we do, it was felt that the collection would be better served if it were transferred here rather than be accepted into the collections there. Since the University took over management of the Gilcrease, this sort of collaboration is becoming more common.
There are three previously unknown photos of the Tulsa Race Riot of 1921, and these have been placed in the Tulsa Race Riot of 1921 archive (1989.004), and the remaining photos, depicting identified and unidentified family members are being placed in the General Historical manuscripts, documents, and photographs (1981.008).
Both the Race Riot and General Historical collections are artificial collections and contain materials from many other acquisitions.