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Archives Exhibits


There are untold treasures and unsung heroes hidden in Archives & Special Collections. Our exhibit space includes eight vertical glass cases and ten horizontal cases where we display these treasures.

The exhibits are open to the public whenever Archives is open. If you have ideas for an exhibit or a special event, please contact the University Archivist, Nicole Willard, at 405-974-2885 or email


The Golden Age of "B" Movies

For American audiences from the 1930s through the 1950s, "B" movies promised action, adventure, romance and entertainment. Lobby cards promoted current or upcoming films in the lobbies of cinemas, and "B" movie lobby cards were often presented in lurid colors and dramatic typefaces. They were made as a second feature for double-feature tickets, with lower budgets and lesser-known actors, and in familiar genres such as westerns, horror, or detective films. In this selection of movie lobby cards from the Bob Burke Film & Television Autograph Collection, we celebrate the enduring legacy of the Hollywood "B" movie.

See the "B" movie lobby card exhibit.

Bob Burke Film & Television Autograph Collection

Bob Burke began collecting autographs on posters, scripts, and other film memorabilia in the early 1960s. This fascinating collection helps UCO faculty and students expand their understanding of how films are promoted, marketed and sold to audiences, which is a vital aspect of contemporary Film Studies research.

The collection contains 1,236 items, including albums, cast scene photos, comic books, lobby cards, movie posters, scripts, star photos, signatures on paper, VHS tapes, and miscellaneous items.

Browse the Bob Burke Film & Television Autograph Collection.

Murrah Art

Chambers Library hosts artworks on first floor from the Murrah Federal Building, which was bombed on April 19, 1995. Of the 32 works of art installed in the building, 20 were recovered with little or no damage, most from the upper stories.

Each piece is accompanied by a short video introduction by former UCO art professor Pam Husky, a description of the artwork, and a map showing where it is located in the library.

Visit the Murrah Art online exhibit.

Orphan Train

Archives & Special Collections on second floor exhibits a display of artifacts and stories from the Orphan Train Movement, including a doll given to Alice Bullis Ayler, one of the last orphans to ride the rails west in hopes of finding a new and loving home. The exhibit contains artifacts, videos, periodicals, and oral and written histories.

The orphan trains operated between 1853 and 1929, relocating about 250,000 orphaned, abandoned, or homeless children. (source: Wikipedia)

Learn more about Alice Bullis Ayler and the Orphan Trains.

Newcomers to a New Land

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 3 year 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."

Listen to the stories of multicultural Oklahoma.

The Mende and Timne of Sierra 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.

Because of the civil war that ravaged Sierra Leone from 1991-2002, many aspects of the traditional village life that thrived for 2,500 years have been destroyed or changed forever. These images are an irreplaceable snapshot of that time and place.

Learn more about West Africa, Sierra Leone, and the Mende and Timne.

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