Library Timeline 1985-2007

1985

  • First LIAS terminals available to Library Users
  • Special Collections assigned 3 IBM PCs.
  • “Brief Record” project in Special Collections: 44,000 LIAS records created.
  • Faculty and Student Studies created on 3rd floor of McFarlin 1929 wing.

1986

  • Library finishes eliminating the main cataloguing backlog of 436,000 items.
  • Browsing Room is remodeled and renamed the Faculty Study. The second floor north is named the Student Study.
  • Special Collections acquires the Rebecca West collection, the Elizabeth Taylor collection and the David Emery Gascoyne collection.

March

  • 3rd floor East Wing assigned to Special Collections..

May

  • Rebecca West Papers arrive.

July

  • Archive functions merged with Special Collections; Toby Murray moves to full-time Conservation Administration News and preservation activity.
  • Card catalog discarded

September

  • Wilson proposal developed with Kenneth Kirkpatrick and submitted to NEH.

Autumn

  • Colin Franklin is visiting professor of English.

1987

  • Library is given 10 Memorex-Telex microcomputers for patron use and instruction.
  • Public LIAS terminals increase from 6 terminals to 12.
  • Automated inventory control implemented using LIAS (Library Information Access System).
  • Cards are still used to check out books.
  • First databases and indexes (subsidized searching).
  • Sitwell Family collection acquired from William Wreden.
  • Revised Wilson proposal submitted to NEH.
  • First use of 1.5 million polyester for dust jacket protection.

September

  • Wilson Library fully catalogued.

Autumn

  • Colin Franklin is again visiting professor of English.

October

  • Lori N. Curtis joins staff of Special Collections.

November

  • Special Collections administrative area remodeled.

December

  • Richard Ellmann papers acquired.

1988

  • Library cataloguers get their own LIAS terminals on their desks.
  • LIAS first used to check out books to patrons.
  • Irish poet Richard Murphy donates his papers to TU.
  • Sixth floor Preservation Lab opens.
  • Library acquires two-millionth volume.
  • Public LIAS terminals get their first printer.
  • Poetry Bookshop collection acquired from Howard Woolmer. Paul Scott exhibition mounted at Philbrook.
  • Richard Ellmann’s library arrives; Ellsworth Mason donates files on his work with Ellmann.
  • E.Nelson Bridwell collection donated by Marjorie Smalley.

Summer

  • HVAC system in Special Collections is replaced; each floor individually zoned.

September

  • Richard Murphy papers acquired.

Autumn

  • Anthony Rota is visiting professor in English.

1989

  • The family of J.B. Milam, Principal Chief of the Cherokee Nation from 1941 to 1949, donates his extensive library to TU.
  • McFarlin acquires the E. Nelson Bridwell and Willa Cather collections.
  • Photocopies cost $.05 each.
  • 2,025,366 volume equivalents.
  • Perimeter security system (Schlage Electronics Model 808S) installed. Dewey classified books inventoried.

January

  • Willa Cather collection given by Mary Herron.

June

  • RLIN terminals installed.

Autumn

  • Special Collections remained open Wednesday evenings (too few staff, too little traffic, to continue).

December

  • J.B, Milam Library given by grandchildren; Farris collection of bird slides donated.

 

1990

  • Oklahoma’s research universities (TU, OU and OSU) agree to reciprocal privileges with other universities for faculty.
  • Dr. Ben Henneke, TU President Emeritus, begins to donate his research materials to the library.
  • A fiber optic LAN is installed in the library.
  • McFarlin becomes tobacco free.
  • IBM 8088 PCs replaced with three PS2s.
  • Tulsa Audubon Society Papers; Samuel G. Kennedy notebook

1991

  • First CD-ROM products are introduced in the library.
  • Computers upgraded to DTK386sxs.
  • Kavan watercolors and sketches added; Our American Cousin; Harriet Barclay papers

Summer

  • Encapsulation using Mylar “pages” constructed for some high-value manuscripts begun.

1992

  • 241 Rhys letters to Francis Wyndham. Murphy-Larkin letter.
  • McFarlin’s staff gets email, and begins to experiment with Gopher, Lynx, and Usenet.

March

  • Sid Huttner appointed Asst to Director for Library Relations.

May

  • Richard Murphy program at a Cultivation dinner held in George Gilpin’s home.

December

  • Dinner meeting of prospects for a Visiting Committee for Special Collections.
  • McFarlin Fellows is created to provide funds for acquiring distinguished rare books and manuscripts.

1993

February

  • V.S. Naipaul Papers acquired.

March

  • Visiting Committee for Special Collections appointed by Provost Gilpin. They recommend the McFarlin Fellows to provide (1) opportunities, by way of
    programs, for publicizing the collections and the library’s work; (2) funding, by way of annual gifts, and (3) a means to attract the support of collectors and others interested in books and literature who, over time, become donors.

October

  • Western History Association meets Tulsa; Milam catalog published.

September-November

  • Much effort to meet NAGPRA requirements.

September

  • McFarlin Fellows initiated.

October 13

  • Filmmakers Dayton Duncan and Geoffrey Ward speak at the first formal McFarlin Fellows dinner.

1994

  • Special Collections acquires the William Trevor collection, the Jean Rhys collection and the V. S. Naipaul collection.
  • The Oil Bust of the late 80s finally reaches the Library, with increasing losses in periodicals and staff layoffs.

January

  • Revised access policies, increased fees-for-service implemented; 25 McFarlin Fellows.

March

  • V.S. Naipaul visits; gives reading.

April

  • Max Beerbohm’s copy of Zuleika Dobson acquired from Rupert Hart-Davis; Donal K. Holway gives his mother’s Signpost Library.
  • Gopher site established on Tured (Petroleum Abstracts server)

May

  • William Trevor Addenda; 30 Fellows.

August

  • George H. Gilpin steps down as Provost; 35 McFarlin Fellows have raised $162,000.

1995

  • The Reference Desk is moved to its long-term location in the underground addition on the study level. The North and South Reference Rooms are converted to computer labs.
  • First Internet computers available to Library Users
  • The library develops its first webpage.

February

  • University “reengineering”: nearly 40 positions eliminated, including a dozen library positions.
  • Dialog (The University ofTulsa Magazine): Sidney F. Huttner, “In the Heart of the Heart”, p16-19. Article reviewing gifts to the library over the University’s 100-year history.

May

  • 40 McFarlin Fellows.

August

  • Deutsch Addenda acquired.

September

  • Blunden collection acquired from Hart-Davis.

December

  • John Rogers, Jr. gift of Limited Editions Club books.

1996

  • The library adopts Innovative Interfaces as its new online catalog system.
  • Migration from LIAS to Innopac online catalog.Mary Robinson, President of Ireland, speaks to the McFarlin Fellows.

January

  • Archives separated from Special Collections and assigned to Toby Murray.

May

  • 50 Fellows have contributed $175,000.

July

  • Francis Wyndham-Jean Rhys Addenda.

September

  • Howard Brown Christopher Morley collection.

November

  • William and Emily Kiekhofer give Wealth ofNations (1776).

December

  • Jack Powell gives his Sherlock Holmes collection.

1997

  • Cyber Cafe opens on the Main Level. McFarlin is one of the earliest libraries in the state to open a cafe.

April

  • Stafford Davis gives his Sherlock Holmes collection weeks before his death.

May

  • 51 Fellows have contributed $250,000.

October

  • Computers upgraded to Pentium IIs.
  • HTML pages created and added to library website as department component.

December

  • John and Lee Major give Nuremberg Chronicle (1493).

1998

  • The library is merged into Information Services.
  • 5,131 linear feet of compact shelving installed.

January

  • Addenda to Richard Murphy Papers acquired.

March

  • The Chapman Trust creates the Robert & Ida McFarlin Endowment to support rare book and manuscript acquisitions. The initial gift is $500,000 with an additional $1,500,000 pledged.

May

  • Robert H. Patterson takes early retirement; 59 Fellows have contributed $33-5,000.

August

  • Francine J. Fisk appointed the new Library Director.

1999

Jan. 15

  • Sid Huttner resigns to take post at the University of Iowa. Lori Curtis becomes the Head of Special Collections.
  • 61 Fellows have contributed a bit over $400,000

2000

  • Sir Rupert Hart-Davis library and papers arrive at McFarlin.

2001

  • Special Collections offices are redecorated.

2005

  • The Staff of McFarlin Library celebrate the building’s 75th anniversary with a rededication ceremony in the Faculty Study.

November

  • Lori Curtis resigns to take a position at Loma Linda University. Marc Carlson becomes Interim Head of Special Collections.

2006

  • Special Collections collection number system is established.

June

  • Rupert Hart Davis cataloging project is begun