Western History Collections: Photographic Archives

The Photographic Archives is perhaps the best known and most heavily used unit of the Western History Collections. It contains approximately 2 million images representing a wide variety of photographic processes and subjects, and contains both glass plate negatives and original prints.

The core of the Photographic Archives is comprised of photographs of the University of Oklahoma; Native Americans in Oklahoma and the West; the development of Oklahoma cities and towns; and images of the range cattle industry in the West. Other strengths include the works of frontier photographers such as John Anderson, William Soule, C. S. Fly, Andrew Russell, Annette Ross Hume, W. S. Prettyman, A. A. Forbes, F. A. Rinehart, Timothy O'Sullivan, and Edward S. Curtis; photographs of lawmen, outlaws, and gunfighters; cowboys and ranching scenes; and images of the ever-popular wild west shows of the early 1900s. The Photographic Archives furnishes quality reproductions for illustration of scholarly research, for exhibits on western history, and for private use.

To view a selection of images from the Western History Collections Photographic Archives, please visit our online gallery.


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Last updated: 3/11/2010 2:36:41 PM
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