Tag Archives: Special Collections

The White Alphabet

The White Alphabet is an artwork, typographical experiment and a feat of paper engineering. It’s an embossed book containing the letters A-P cut in a pop-up fashion on a continuous piece of paper. The author/artist Ron King came up with … Continue reading

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Craig Sheppard’s Illustrations

Craig Sheppard was born in Lawton, Oklahoma, in 1913 and studied art at the University of Oklahoma in Norman. During his college days, he was also a bareback rider in rodeos from Oklahoma to New York’s Madison Square Garden. After … Continue reading

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Art Deco in Tulsa

Tulsa, Oklahoma has an outstanding collection of Art Deco architecture. The style is mainly found in the “Deco District” in downtown Tulsa, but it can be seen throughout the city on churches, schools, and gas stations to name a few. … Continue reading

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Peter Forster’s Wood Block Prints

In 2011, the independent Oscar Wilde scholar, Merlin Holland graciously donated a set of colored prints and masks entitled “Awful Brevity,” created by Peter Forster to Special Collections. This specific print was used in the 1991 Folio Society edition of … 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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Alice in Wonderland: Original Illustrations

Have you ever wondered who originally illustrated Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland? John Tenniel created a total of ninety-two drawings for Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass and What Alice Found There. Lewis Carroll had originally illustrated Wonderland … Continue reading

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Lance Hidy: Graphic Arts Posters

Graphic designer, Lance Hidy, is best known for his style of printing by creating clean-cut and minimalist posters. His unique designs stand out with their simplistic nature, vivid colors, and hard-edged shapes. Hidy was born in 1964 in LaGrande, Oregon. … Continue reading

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Ruth Prawer Jhabvala

Ruth Prawer Jhabvala is the only person to win both a Booker Prize and an Oscar. During her lifetime she wrote a dozen novels, 23 screenplays, and numerous collections of short stories. In 2002, she was granted a joint fellowship … Continue reading

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Milton Glaser

Have you ever wondered who created the famous “I love NY” logo? Graphic designer, Milton Glaser was commissioned by the State of New York in 1976 to create the iconic logo. Glaser was born in 1929 and went to the … Continue reading

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Illustrations By William Roderick James

French Canadian artist and writer, William Roderick James, was well-known for his illustrations on the American West, specifically of horses and cowboys. He is most known for writing and illustrating Smoky the Cowhorse, which won the Newbery Medal in 1972. … Continue reading

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