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The Western History Collection of the University of Oklahoma enjoys one of the largest and most complete collections of materials on the American West. There are 65,000 books and thousands of items such as manuscripts, periodicals, microfilm, oral histories, photographs, maps and artifacts available for research.
Digitized Manuscripts includes items such as The Indian-Pioneer Papers which is a collection of interviews done during the Depression. Biographical information is given for Indians as well as persons of all ethnic groups. Those interviewed may have been residents of either the Oklahoma Territory or the Indian Territory. There are about 80,000 entries in 112 volumes in the collection with free online access to both an index and the digitized transcripts of the interviews. Read the biographies and other topics found in the Indian-Pioneer Papers.
Photograph Collections include images of
- Native Americans in Oklahoma and the West
- Development of Oklahoma cities and towns
- Range cattle industry in the West
- Lawmen, outlaws, and gunfighters
- Cowboys and ranching scenes
- Wild west shows of the early 1900s
- and the works of frontier photographers
Their collection also includes original historical manuscripts, county records, Spanish, Indian, military, Civil War, newspapers, cattle trails, ranching, mining, and oil production records.
University of Oklahoma
Western History Collection
630 Parrington Oval, Room 452
Norman, OK 73019
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