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New In The Digital Collections: A Mixed Bag Of Resources

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To prepare for the Central Library location close, Central employees are cleaning out desks and offices, organizing materials for the movers, and tying up loose ends as needed. 

In the Local History and Digital Collections Department, two or three items have been cleared from their temporary repository, and various digitization requests have been filled. 

Big Mac Prison Riot, 1973

aerial view of oklahoma state penitentiary

Riot-A violent disturbance of the peace by a crowd; an outbreak of violent civil disorder or lawlessness--Oxford English Dictionary 

Forty years ago, on July 27th, 1973, a violent prison riot erupted at the the Oklahoma State Penitentiary in McAlester. It resulted in four deaths (one death was the result of a heart attack),  more than 20 injuries, the destruction of many buildings, and an estimated damage of over $20 million. 

J. J. Cale: 1938-2013

Born in Oklahoma and raised in Tulsa, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist  J. J. Cale died last week at the age of 74.

NPR's Dan Bobkoff writes, "His music took the edges off honky-tonk and blues, dressed them in a smoking jacket and ascot, and made them smooth."  You can hear Cale's smoking jacket and ascot adorned combination of blues, country, and rock on these cds:

On Film: Oklahoma's African-American Communities In The Twenties

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The Solomon Sir Jones film collection is available online from Yale University's Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library. The collection consists of 29 silent black and white films that document  African-American communities in Oklahoma from 1924 to 1928.

Fade Into You: Tulsa's Absorption Of The Small Place

tulsa ghost towns

In his Tulsa Tribune article, "Some Tulsa County Towns Are Only Faded Memories," Jim Downing pointed out that before Tulsa County was the City of Tulsa and everything else, the city was just a small part of everything else. Initally, the everything else consisted of small places that provided goods and that were spaced at convenient distances , allowing those travelling by team and wagon to make the roundtrip during daylight hours. Later, settlements sprang up along the railroad line as it expanded. Over time, many of these places ceased to exist, at least officially. 

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