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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.

Scroll down to browse the list of collections with digitized content, or search our collection guides using the search box below.


Sidney Bray portrait wearing military uniformBray, Sidney C.

Collection, 1932-1965
(36 linear ft.)

Included in the Bray donation are World War II financing records, promotional materials, scrapbooks, photographs, federal publications, press releases, and special memorabilia.

Bronze Book logoThe Bronze Book

Digital Collection, 1909-2003

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.

Herland Sister Resources

Collection, 1986-2016

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.

Hommel, Bill - African Art Collection

Collection, 1971-1978
(2,991 images)

Dr. William Hommel taught African Art at the University of Maryland for 10 years and the University of Central Oklahoma for 25 years. This collection of images and videos was developed during Dr. William Hommel's four research trips to Sierra Leone, Africa. He carried out research among the Mende during the summers of 1971, 1973, 1976, and 1978. 

Newcomers to a New Land

Digital Collection, 1979
(26 audio files)

Newcomers to a New Land was originally 26 five-minute radio programs about individuals and episodes in Oklahoma history. The programs were produced as part of the Oklahoma Image Project, a statewide grassroots effort that began in 1979 with the aim of increasing public awareness about Oklahoma's rich and varied multicultural heritage. These recordings broaden Oklahoma history beyond the usual views of "cowboy and Indian, land runs and oil booms, dust bowl and the Great Depression."

Don Betz portraitOklahoma Townsite Case Files

Collection, 1889-1911
(100,000+ records)

Court records of ownership disputes 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.

UCO Archives Photograph Collection

Photo Collection, 1854-2006
(35,000 images)

Comprised of more than 35,000 images (3,000 currently online) dating between 1854-2006 that cover a wide variety of subjects: university life, early Edmond, scenes of Oklahoma settlement, Native American people, businesses, transportation, festivities, recreational pursuits and much more.

The Vista

Digital Collection, 1903-present

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