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Oklahoma dust bowl refugees. San Fernando, California.
Oklahoma dust bowl refugees. San Fernando, California.
1 negative.
June 1935.
Farm Security Administration.
Prints & Photographs Division.
Reproduction Number:
LC-USF34- 002613-C

Examples of materials related to Oklahoma are provided for most of the collections listed below. Search on the term Oklahoma to locate additional resources within these American Memory collections.

The African-American Experience in Ohio: Selections from the Ohio Historical Society

This selection of manuscript and printed text and images illuminates the history of black Ohio from 1850 to 1920, a story of slavery and freedom, segregation and integration, religion and politics, migrations and restrictions, harmony and discord, and struggles and successes.

America at Work, America at Leisure: Motion Pictures from 1894-1915

Work, school, and leisure activities in the United States from 1894 to 1915 are featured in this presentation of motion pictures. Highlights include films of the United States Postal Service from 1903, cattle breeding, fire fighters, ice manufacturing, logging, and calisthenic and gymnastic exercises in schools. 

America from the Great Depression to World War II: Photographs from the FSA and OWI, ca. 1935-1945

The images in the Farm Security Administration-Office of War Information Collection are among the most famous documentary photographs ever produced. Created by a group of U.S. government photographers, the images show Americans in every part of the nation. Browse the collection by geographic location to locate more than 1,800 black-and-white photographs as well as fifteen color photographs of Oklahoma.

American Environmental Photographs, 1891-1936: Images from the University of Chicago Library

The collection consists of 4,500 photographs documenting natural environments, ecologies, and plant communities in the United States at the end of the nineteenth and the beginning of the twentieth centuries. Browse the collection by state to locate twenty-one photographs of Oklahoma.

American Indians of the Pacific Northwest

This collection integrates over 2,300 photographs and 7,700 pages of text relating to the American Indians in two cultural areas of the Pacific Northwest, the Northwest Coast and Plateau. These resources illustrate many aspects of life and work, including housing, clothing, crafts, transportation, education, and employment.  Search the bibliographic records using the search term Oklahoma to find fourteen items relating to the state.

American Notes: Travels in America, 1750-1920

This collection comprises 253 published narratives by Americans and foreign visitors recounting their travels in the colonies and the United States and their observations and opinions about American peoples, places, and society from about 1750 to 1920. Search the full-text option using the search term Oklahoma to locate items pertaining to the state.

An American Time Capsule: Three Centuries of Broadsides and Other Printed Ephemera

The Printed Ephemera Collection at the Library of Congress is a rich repository of Americana. In total, the collection comprises 28,000 primary source items dating from the seventeenth century to the present and encompassing key events and eras in American history. Browse by geographic location of printing to locate eleven items printed in Oklahoma.

The American Variety Stage: Vaudeville and Popular Entertainment, 1870-1920

This collection illustrates the vibrant and diverse forms of popular entertainment, especially vaudeville, that thrived from 1870-1920.  Search the bibliographic records using the search term Oklahoma to find two items relating to the state.

Architecture and Interior Design for 20th Century America: Photographs by Samuel Gottscho and William Schleisner, 1935-1955

The Gottscho-Schleisner Collection is comprised of over 29,000 photographs primarily of architectural subjects, including interiors and exteriors of homes, stores, offices, factories, historic buildings, and other structures concentrated chiefly in the northeastern United States.

Born in Slavery: Slave Narratives from the Federal Writers' Project, 1936-1938

The collection contains more than 2,300 first-person accounts of slavery and 500 black-and-white photographs of former slaves. Browse by states to locate slave narratives from Oklahoma.

Built in America: Historic American Buildings Survey/Historic American Engineering Record, 1933-Present

The Historic American Buildings Survey (HABS) and the Historic American Engineering Record (HAER) collections document achievements in architecture, engineering, and design in the United States through a comprehensive range of building types and engineering technologies. Browse the collection by place to locate items for Oklahoma.

By the People, For the People: Posters from the WPA, 1936-1943

This collection consists of 908 boldly colored and graphically diverse original posters produced from 1936 to 1943 as part of the New Deal.  This includes the following from the WPA Oklahoma Art Project:

"California as I Saw It": First-Person Narratives of California's Early Years, 1849-1900

The collection consists of the full texts and illustrations of 190 books documenting the formative era of California's history through eyewitness accounts. It covers the dramatic decades between the Gold Rush and the turn of the twentieth century.  Search the bibliographic records using the search term Oklahoma to find narratives from individuals who traveled from Oklahoma to California.

A Century of Lawmaking for a New Nation: U.S. Congressional Documents and Debates, 1774-1875

The collection consists of a linked set of published congressional records of the United States of America from the Continental Congress through the 43rd Congress, 1774-1875.  Search the full text using the search term Oklahoma for items relating to the state.

Edward S. Curtis's The North American Indian: Photographic Images

The North American Indian by Edward S. Curtis is one of the most significant and controversial representations of traditional American Indian culture ever produced. Issued in a limited edition from 1907-30, the publication continues to exert a major influence on the image of Indians in popular culture.  Search by American Indian Tribe using the cultural area of the Great Plains to find images of Indian culture in Oklahoma.

The Emergence of Advertising in America: 1850-1920

This collection presents more than 9,000 images relating to the early history of advertising in the United States. Search the bibliographic records using the search term Oklahoma for images from the state.

The Evolution of the Conservation Movement, 1850-1920

This collection documents the historical formation and cultural foundations of the movement to conserve and protect America's natural heritage. Search the bibliographic records using the search term Oklahoma to locate items related to the state.

First-Person Narratives of the American South, 1860-1920

This compilation of 141 printed texts from the libraries at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill documents the culture of the nineteenth-century American South from the viewpoint of Southerners.  Search by geographic location to find items relating to Oklahoma.

Florida Folklife from the WPA Collections, 1937-1942

Florida Folklife is a multiformat ethnographic field collection documenting African-American, Arabic, Bahamian, British-American, Cuban, Greek, Italian, Minorcan, Seminole, and Slavic cultures throughout Florida. It features many different folksongs and folktales, including a Song About the Departure of Seminole Indians from Florida for Oklahoma.

History of the American West, 1860-1920: Photographs from the Collection of the Denver Public Library

Over 30,000 photographs illuminate many aspects of the history of the American West. They illustrate Colorado towns and landscape, document the place of mining in the history of Colorado and the West, and show the lives of more than forty Native American tribes living west of the Mississippi River.

Map Collections

The Geography & Map Division of the Library of Congress holds more than 4.5 million items, of which Map Collections represents only a small fraction, those that have been converted to digital form. The collection is organized according to seven major categories: Cities and Towns, Conservation and Environment, Cultural Landscapes, Discovery and Exploration, General Maps, Military Battles and Campaigns, and Transportation and Communication. Browse the geographic location index to locate more than twenty maps of Oklahoma.

The Nineteenth Century in Print: Periodicals

This collection comprises periodicals published in the United States during the nineteenth century, primarily during the second half of the century. The materials selected illuminate the subject areas of education, psychology, American history, sociology, religion, and science and technology.

Photographs from the Chicago Daily News

This collection comprises approximately 54,000 images of urban life captured on glass plate negatives between 1902 and 1933 by photographers employed by the Chicago Daily News, one of Chicago's leading newspapers.

Quilts and Quiltmaking in America, 1978-1996

This collection represents a wide range of quiltmaking techniques, from highly traditional to innovative. The quilts pictured exhibit excellent design and technical skill in a variety of styles and materials.

September 11, 2001, Documentary Project

The September 11, 2001, Documentary Project captures the heartfelt reactions, eyewitness accounts, and diverse opinions of Americans and others in the months that followed the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, and United Airlines Flight 93.

The South Texas Border, 1900-1920: Photographs from the Robert Runyon Collection

The Robert Runyon Photograph Collection of the South Texas Border Area, a collection of over 8,000 items, is a unique visual resource documenting the Lower Rio Grande Valley during the early 1900s. It includes glass negatives, lantern slides, nitrate negatives, prints, and postcards, representing the life's work of commercial photographer Robert Runyon (1881-1968), a longtime resident of South Texas.  Search the bibliographic records using the search term Oklahoma to find seven photographs of infantry troops from the state.

Southern Mosaic: The John and Ruby Lomax 1939 Southern States Recording Trip

A multi-format ethnographic field collection that includes approximately 700 sound recordings, as well as photographic prints, fieldnotes, dust jackets, and other manuscripts documenting a three-month, 6,502-mile trip through the southern United States collecting folksongs.


Spalding Base Ball Guides, 1889-1939

This collections comprises a historic selection of Spalding's Official Base Ball Guide and the Official Indoor Base Ball Guide. The collection reproduces 35 of the guides, which were published by the Spalding Athletic Company in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.  Among them is the Spalding Official Guide to the Texas-Oklahoma League.

The Stars and Stripes: The American Soldiers' Newspaper of World War I, 1918-1919

This collection presents the complete seventy-one-week run of the World War I edition of the newspaper The Stars and Stripes. Published in France by the United States Army from February 8, 1918, to June 13, 1919, the eight-page weekly featured news, poetry, cartoons and sports coverage, with a staff that included journalists Alexander Woollcott, Harold Wallace Ross and Grantland Rice. Written by and for the American soldiers at the war front, the paper offers a unique perspective from which to examine the wartime experience.  Search the bibliographic records using the search term Oklahoma to find several articles concerning the state.

Taking the Long View: Panoramic Photographs, 1851-1991

This collection contains approximately 4,000 images featuring American cityscapes, landscapes, and group portraits. Search the bibliographic records to locate twenty-four images of Oklahoma.

Voices from the Dust Bowl: the Charles L. Todd and Robert Sonkin Migrant Worker Collection, 1940-1941

This collection consists of audio recordings, photographs, manuscript materials, publications, and ephemera documenting the everyday life of residents of Farm Security Administration (FSA) migrant work camps in central California in 1940 and 1941. generated during two separate documentation trips supported by the Archive of American Folk Song (now the Archive of Folk Culture, American Folklife Center).

Votes for Women: Selections from the National American Woman Suffrage Association Collection, 1848-1921

The NAWSA Collection consists of 167 books, pamphlets and other artifacts documenting the suffrage campaign.  The collection includes works from the libraries of other members and officers of the organization including: Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Susan B. Anthony, Lucy Stone, Alice Stone Blackwell, Julia Ward Howe, Elizabeth Smith Miller, and Mary A. Livermore.  Search the full text using the search term Oklahoma to find several documents relating to the state.

Women of Protest: Photographs from the Records of the National Woman's Party

The photographs in this collection document the National Woman's Party's push for ratification of the 19th Amendment as well as its later campaign for passage of the Equal Rights Amendment. Among the photographs is one of Ida F. Hasley of Oklahoma.

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