Digital Collections from the Western History Collections
Some of our most popular collections are being digitized for greater access. The following are available on the OU Libraries Digital Collections website:
Civil War Manuscripts
Featuring the Sherry Marie Cress Collection of a U.S. Civil War Diary (1861-1865) of Charles Kroff as a soldier in the 11th Indiana Volunteer Infantry, and five letters referring to the diary and the Cress Family
Doris Duke Collection
Typescripts of oral history interviews (1967 -1972) conducted with Native Americans in Oklahoma regarding the histories and cultures of their respective nations and tribes
Indian Pioneer Papers
Typescripts of oral history interviews in the 1930s with Oklahomans about the settlement of Oklahoma and Indian territories and early life there
Native American Manuscripts
Selected Native American-related manuscript collections, primarily from tribes headquartered in Oklahoma such as the Choctaw and Seminole nations.
Selected samples from our most commonly-requested photograph collections, featuring cowboys, wild west shows, oil wells, Native Americans, and OU history
Selected materials from the University of Oklahoma Archives, including Sooner Magazine and the OU Regents' meeting minutes
Everything I Say Here Is Straight and True: The Autobiographical Drawings of Chief White Bull: Art as a Historical Resource.
An exhibit of ledger drawings by Sioux chief White Bull from the Walter Stanley Campbell Collection. Chief White Bull created the drawings as part of an oral history interview with Campbell, who was an OU English professor known by his pen name, Stanley Vestal.
B. M. Bower
B. M. (Bertha Muzzy) Bower authored many western novels including Chip of the Flying U. This exhibit features a biographical sketch about her, a list of her published works, a finding aid to her manuscript collection, and illustrations to her stories by western artist Charles M. Russell.
Transforming the Oklahoma Prairie: More Than A Century of Trees, From David Ross Boyd to David L. Boren
Arbor Day is celebrated annually at OU Libraries with this exhibit that explores the development of the OU Norman campus from its earliest days to the present
History of the University of Oklahoma: A Timeline
An interactive timeline of OU history featuring images and documents from the University Archives
Transcribing the Past: Civil War Manuscripts
This ShareOK site has scanned images and transcriptions of letters (1862-1863) by Lt. Lyle Garrett (and wife Mary) of the 23rd Iowa Infantry, and the diary (1861-1865) of Charles Kroff, soldier in the 11th Indiana Volunteer Infantry. These transcriptions resulted from a crowd-sourced project conducted in 2014.