Tulsa Area History

New In The Digital Collections

junior league of tulsa oral histories

In the late 70s and early 80s, the Junior League of Tulsa (JLT) conducted over sixty oral history interviews with Tulsans who were influential in our community’s development, who had knowledge of specific neighborhoods, buildings, or industry, or who were witness to Tulsa eras and events. JLT donated the histories to the library, and they were later converted from audio cassette to a digital format.

Ancestry Library Edition: U.S. City Directories 1821-1989

You can now access Ancestry.com's database of U.S. City Directories 1821-1989 from any library location.  Directories can be found by choosing "all databases" from the "more collections" link on Ancestry Library Edition's landing page.

Standpipe Hill and Tulsa's Early Fire Department Infrastructure

standpipe hill map

Every year, the Research Center receives questions about Tulsa's Standpipe HIll.  Here are a couple of of our frequently asked questions and the answers:

 How tall was the standpipe?

A 11/15/1904 Tulsa Daily Democrat article states that the standpipe would be an imposing structure of 100 feet from base to top.

How tall was the hill?

A National Board of Fire Underwriters Committee map shows that the hill was 902 feet tall in 1922. 

Women’s History Month: Tulsa's Joy Harjo and S.E. Hinton in BIC

biography in context database

It's Women's History Month and two of Tulsa's own, S. E. Hinton and Joy Harjo, are featured in the Library database Biography in Context (BIC).  BIC is a comprehensive collection of biographical information on people throughout history and across all subject areas.  You can limit your search in the database by birth or death place. You can also limit the search by gender, nationality, occupation, and ethnicity.

Tulsa Foundation for Architecture White Glove Open House Series: Art Deco

Mark your calendars and plan to attend the White Glove Open House Series: Art Deco at the TFA Archives, 321 South Boston, Lower Level 01, on Friday, March 1 from 4:30-7:30 p.m. Light hors d'oeuvres will be served. The event is free and open to the public.

Tulsa is known the world over for its outstanding Art Deco architecture, and the Tulsa Foundation for Architecture is pleased to be a repository for thousands of the original hand-drawn architectural drawings and renderings of some of these iconic buildings and residences.

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