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 …
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.
Vertical files contain newspaper and magazine …
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.
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.
Postcards carry their own messages about the pride we take in our state’s natural beauty, modern urban areas, and famous personalities. Take a look at some of the images used to promote Oklahoma over the years.
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.