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Beryl Ford Collection

Local historian Beryl Ford collected the largest and most significant collection of photographs and artifacts relevant to the history of the City of Tulsa and surrounding area throughout his lifetime. We are fortunate that he shared part of his legacy as Tulsa historian with us in the form of this invaluable collection. This collection …

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Beryl Ford Collection

Biography Index

Compiled biographies, sometimes called biographical encyclopedias or dictionaries, contain biographical sketches that have been collected and published. These are generally collected according to a particular theme, such as a prominent individuals in a particular country, state, or county.

 

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Biography Index

City Directories

City directories contain a wealth of information for genealogists, researchers, and history enthusiasts. In these resources, you will find addresses and occupations of residents, complete business directories, advertisements, and more.

City Directories

Developing Tulsa - The Austin Hellwig Collection

Austin Hellwig has produced more than thirty photo journals on the City of Tulsa, particularly on the subject of road construction. This sample of his work features photographs from the 1980s and 1990s and documents the city’s expansion as demonstrated through roadway improvements. Other Tulsa County communities are also featured.  

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Developing Tulsa - The Austin Hellwig Collection

Finding Aids

These finding aids or inventories provide detailed information about items in our physical collections that are housed with the Tulsa and Oklahoma Collection. All of the materials described in the finding aids may be consulted by visiting the Tulsa and Oklahoma Collection in the Research Center of Central Library.


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Finding Aids

About the collections



To complement and enhance the broader Library collections and fulfill the Library’s overall mission, the Library provides access to digital collections rich in materials relating to the history, culture, industry, geography, people, government, education, and development of Tulsa and Oklahoma. The collection currently represents resources in a variety of formats including photographs, maps, texts, postcards, and interviews.  These collections function as digital surrogates that aid in the preservation of rare and fragile resources.
  

Copyright Guidelines

 

Materials are made available online for fair use purposes.  Some materials in these collections may be protected by the U.S. Copyright Law.

 

The nature of historical collections is such that copyright or other information about restrictions may be difficult or even impossible to determine. The records for individual items clearly state copyright information and restrictions on use when they are known. The Library does not grant or deny permission to others who wish to use or reproduce items found in the digital collections. As a matter of good scholarly practice, we recommend that patrons using Library-provided reproductions cite the Library and/or the appropriate web page.

  

Some materials may be subject to rights of privacy, publicity, and trademark. Such rights are likely to be controlled by parties other than the Tulsa City-County Library. It is the obligation of the user to determine and satisfy copyright and other restrictions when making use of materials from the Tulsa City-County Library.

 

The Tulsa City-County Library is always willing to discuss copyright concerns with a rights holder who finds his or her content in our collections. Copyright owners, persons with information about the materials, or individuals interested in reproductions are encouraged to contact askus@tulsalibrary.org

 

Copyright Decisions

 

Items are scanned and made publicly available if they conform to any of the following attributes:

  • The item was created before 1923.
  • The donor has signed a release form indicating that he or she is willing to have the content publicly accessible. Note: This release form does not transfer any rights to the Library, now does it mean the donor is releasing the item into the public domain.
  • Items with significant research value that are in copyright. These items are made accessible to users on computers at the Central Library location. This access is given because, although electronic, it is not far from a user visiting the Library and interacting with the print materials. Items of this nature can be found in the Tulsa City-County Library Digital Collections with the phrase “Restricted Access Files.” 
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