Special Collections

Special Collections

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Special Collections has in its collection limited and first editions, as well as many autographed books. The early materials have unique decorative leather covers. Many of the materials in Special Collections are out-of-print or difficult to replace.

Special Collections has a wide variety of source materials relating to the history and culture of the American Indians with special emphasis on the Cherokee and other tribes of Oklahoma. Language dictionaries of many tribes are also housed in Special Collections. The INDIAN-PIONEER PAPERS, an oral history section containing early-day interviews of either witnessed or participated-in events of historical significance, is on microfilm. A vertical file of Cherokee, Symposium on Native Americans and Native American-related items is available.

Special Collections maintains books, periodicals, and documents relating to Oklahoma history, focusing on the early period. There are many autographed first editions of prominent Oklahoma authors. A vertical file of Oklahoma-related items is available with its own index.

Special Collections maintains different collections of Oklahoma and Native American newspapers. Cherokee newspapers, dating from 1800 through the early 1900's are available on microfilm. Included in that time period are newspapers from the northeastern area of Oklahoma. The Tahlequah newspaper, which had its beginning with the Cherokee Nation, is maintained through the present along with the Muskogee Daily Phoenix, Ft.. Gibson' Times and Tulsa World. Recent issues of other northeastern county newspapers are only kept for three months. Many Native American newspapers, newsletters and journals, published irregularly and generally not available on microfilm, are housed permanently in Special Collections. The only out-of-state Indian newspaper available on microfilm is Akwesasne Notes.

Special Collections houses microfilm copies of important regional historical newspapers of the late 1800's and early 1900's such as the Cherokee Advocate, Indian Chieftain, and Tahlequah Arrow. Other publications are the U.S. OFFICE OF INDIAN AFFAIRS and the HISTORICAL INFORMATION RELATING TO MILITARY POSTS AND OTHER INSTALLATIONS. Also with the Indian Affairs microfilms are records from the U.S. ARMY and the U.S. DEPT. OF WAR (1800-1823). Available also on microfilm are Native American and Oklahoma-related subjects.

Among the cartographic records are several maps showing Indian tribes and routes of surveys in the Indian Country and United States. The lands occupied by Indian tribes and lands ceded to the U.S. are among the maps found in Special Collections. There are also maps of Indian Territory, the Cherokee Nation ( 1884, 1889), and the United States showing the names of many tribes and bands. Also available are maps of the Civil War battles and sites.

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Last Updated: July 4, 2010