In addition to the collections noted in the previous post, other Oklahoma libraries have digitized their archival collections and made them freely accessible online. The University of Oklahoma Library has many fascinating items in their digital collections. They have digitized title pages from the History of Science Collections that date back to the 16th century. This could be a real find for typography buffs or those interested in the historical author autographs. The Western History Collections is also accessible. This special collection is rich with transcripts of interviews with Oklahoma’s Native Americans about the history and culture of their tribes. In addition, there are interviews of Oklahomans from 1831-1936 regarding the settlement of Oklahoma and the Indian territories as well as the life conditions and conduct during this period. Although the Photograph Archives also has a heavy American Indian focus, it includes images of Oklahoma’s land run and lotteries, western outlaws, agriculture, and the petroleum industry as well.

Photos from the Western History Collections, University of Oklahoma, Norman, Oklahoma.

rose1812.jpg Wyatt Earp 1866 jesse james 1875 Jesse James 1875

Geronimo 1900 Geronimo 1900 Cheyenne woman and child Cheyenne woman and child

The University of Tulsa McFarlin Library digital collections include Tulsa Race Riot images, maps of the American West, and resources for the study of the Creek (Muskogee) language. The Creek language resources offer a talking dictionary and written and spoken (recorded) versions of Creek folktales like “The Boy who Turned into a Snake,” and “The Origin of Corn.” The American West maps date back to Thomas Jeffreys’ 1776 American Atlas. Zebulon Montgomery Pike’s 1810 Chart of the Internal Part of Louisiana, from his expedition to find the headwaters of the “Arkansaw” and Red Rivers, can also be found here.

Images from Special Collections, University of Tulsa’s McFarlin Library, Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Creek drawing from 1736 titled “”Ta-fo-lope,” the Creek word for butterfly 1736 Creek drawing titled “Ta-fo-lope,” the Creek word for butterfly

Pike’s 1810 Chart of the Internal Part of Louisiana Pike’s 1810 Chart of the Internal Part of Louisiana