In 2004 the Rotary Club of Tulsa, through its not-for-profit subsidiary Tulsa Archives, Inc., purchased from Beryl and Lydia Ford the entire Beryl Ford Collection, the largest and most significant collection of photographs and artifacts relevant to the history of the City of Tulsa and surrounding area. As its official Oklahoma Centennial Project, Rotary teamed with the Tulsa City-County Library and the Tulsa Historical Society to quickly provide the public access to this excellent photographic collection of Tulsa history. Tulsa Archives, Inc. conducted fundraising efforts to support a two-year project via the Tulsa City-County Library. Preservation and archiving of this significant Tulsa treasure of photographs and artifacts was made possible in part through the generosity of the Tulsa World, Lorton Family, Chester Cadieux, the Rotary Club of Tulsa, and many other community-minded corporations, institutions, and individuals.With the successful completion of the capital campaign, TCCL embarked upon the project to inventory, catalog, and digitize the collection. In December 2007, TCCL staff successfully completed the Centennial Project.
Tulsa lost its preeminent source on local history when Mr. Ford passed away in 2009. We are very fortunate that he shared part of his legacy as Tulsa historian with us in the form of this invaluable collection.