Tulsa Area History

Famous Tulsan As A Teenager: Bruce Goff

bruce goff as a teenager

Bruce Goff, architect and Tulsa Central High School graduate, was already an apprentice for Rush, Endacott, and Rush when this 1922 senior photograph was taken. The caption next to his photograph reads, "An art student of high merit, he has made many of the attractive posters that decorate the corridors. He is a prominent member of Chiaroscuro and also the pride of many English teachers in theme writing. Secret longing---To grow tall. Chief Accomplishment---Futuristic art. Hobby---Program committees."

Local History FAQ: When Was The Medical Arts Building Demolished?

medical arts building

Both the Medical Arts Building, on the southwest corner of 6th and Boulder, and the Bethlehem Building, on the northwest corner of 2nd and Boston, came down on Sunday, July 12th, 1970. The 1970-07-13 Tulsa Tribune article called the demolition a "double-header."

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. 

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