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Digital Collections


Digitization projects are always in progess in Archives & Special Collections. We do high-quality digital scanning to convert original documents and photos into web-accessible, searchable databases for primary research. Digitizing helps preserve fragile collections by providing detailed working copies without disturbing the original.

The Oklahoma Townsite Case Files is an ongoing project that will add 100,000 records from legal proceedings following the historic land openings, beginning in 1889. The original documents townsite maps, hearing transcripts, deeds, land office records, photographs, receipts, city council meeting minutes, letters, ledgers, and depositions.

The Bray Scrapbooks are an online collection of scrapbooks from 1942-1943, which were made by Oklahoma school children to document their schools' metal scrap drives in aid of World War II armory and ammunition. Images in the scrapbooks include school buildings, students, towns and cities where schools are located. Short school histories, compositions and drawings by students and newspaper clippings are also found between the pages of these scrapbooks.

The Illustrated London News collection consists of original copies of the first illustrated newspaper in the world, starting in 1842. This online feature provides links to searchable indexes for the newspaper.