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Archives & Special Collections

Digital Collections

Digitization projects are always in progress 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 FilesLand Run Painting

An ongoing project that will add 100,000 records from legal proceedings following the historic land openings, beginning in 1889. These original documents are townsite maps, hearing transcripts, deeds, land office records, photographs, receipts, city council meeting minutes, letters, ledgers, and depositions. This is the only repository where these records can be found.

Bronze BookBronze Book logo

The Yearbook for the University of Central Oklahoma, first published in 1909 as the Browser Towser. There was a four year gap until the Bronze Book became a regular publication in 1913 until 2003 when the last edition was printed.

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Herland Sister ResourcesHerland Voice Magazine logo

Includes the organization's newsletters, oral interviews (not yet available), and approximately 4600 books. Herland Sister Resources is an organization dedicated to providing resources for the women's community to strengthen, enrich, and support women, and to promote a world free of prejudice, oppression and exploitation. It has operated in Oklahoma City since 1983.

The Bray ScrapbooksSchools at war a report to the nation scrapbook

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.

VistaThe Vista logo

The student newspaper of the University of Central Oklahoma since 1903. The newspaper is still being printed today. All editions are available except the most recent year, which you can browse at the Vista's homepage.

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The Mende and Timne of Sierra LeoneSierra Leone

This collection of images and videos was developed during Dr. William Hommel's four research trips to Sierra Leone, Africa during the summers of 1971, 1973, 1976, and 1978. The collection consists of 2,991 searchable images.