Folklife in Your State:
The collections of the American Folklife Center include vast amounts of material documenting the Native American traditions of Oklahoma. Represented in its unique recordings are Kiowa, Sioux, Cherokee, and other tribal groups. In addition to native traditions, the Center's collections include cylinder recordings of Oklahoma cowboy music from the early 1900s recorded by John A. Lomax. Oklahoma's Local Legacies Projects, an exploration of local traditions and celebrations, is available on the Center's Web page.
America's Library is especially designed for elementary and
middle school students.
Explore the States: Oklahoma
Jump Back in Time
Chief Little John and the "Trail of Tears", October 3, 1790
World-Class Athlete Jim Thorpe Was Born, May 28, 1888
Photographer Dorothea Lange Died, October 11, 1965
This site allows you to search and view newspaper pages from 1836-1922 from more than 20 states and the District of Columbia. Search this collection to find selected newspaper articles that mention events in Oklahoma.
American Treasures of the Library of Congress
The Grapes of Wrath
This typescript is from the 1939 Pulitzer Prize-winning novel The Grapes of Wrath, a story that documents a national tragedy by tracing one family's exodus from Oklahoma because of the great "Dust Bowl" disaster.
This section of the exhibition contains photographs of various Native American flutes, including one from Miami, Oklahoma.
Bound for Glory: America in Color, 1939–1943
Presents color images taken by photographers of the Farm Security Administration/Office of War Information. The photographs document not only the subjects in the pictures but also the dawn of the era of color photography. Among the many photographs taken by photographer Russell Lee are four from McIntosh County, Oklahoma.
Language of the Land: Journeys Into Literary America
Offers a tour of four sections of the United States through literary maps that focus on geographical areas, individual authors, and particular works. Literature of the West is including in this collection, including photographs and a literary map of Oklahoma.
“With an Even Hand”: Brown v. Board at Fifty
This exhibition commemorates the fiftieth anniversary of the landmark judicial case, which declared that “separate educational facilities are inherently unequal.” Included in this exhibition is an analysis of the l McLaurin v. Oklahoma State Regents Supreme Court case that paved the way for the Brown v. Board of Education cases.
Witness and Response: September 11 Acquisitions at the Library of Congress
Features the collections that the Library amassed during the year following the attacks of September 11, 2001. The exhibit tells the story of what America experienced in the aftermath of the attacks. Included in this is an audio interview with a student medical trainer in Norman, Oklahoma, on her reactions to the events.
Bibliographies and Guides
This site provides the names of all current state poets
laureate of the United States. It also includes a history
of the laureateship in each state, as well the District
of Columbia, and attempts to provide a comprehensive listing
of all prior state poets laureate. Included is information on the position of State Poet Laureate in Oklahoma.
The Guide to Law Online
Guide to Law Online, prepared by the Law Library of
Congress Public Services Division, is an annotated guide
to sources of information on government and law available
online. It includes selected links to useful and reliable
sites for legal information on U.S states and territories,
Prints and Photographs Online
Search PPOC using the subject heading United States--Oklahoma to find over 2,000 digital images
related to Oklahoma, such as prints, photographs, and political
cartoons. Search in PPOC
using the term Oklahoma or names of cities,
towns, and sites to locate additional images.
American Memory Timeline
This resource was developed to help teachers and students use the vast online collections of the Library of Congress. The links to the right will lead you to sets of selected primary sources on a variety of topics in United States History. The sets are arranged by chronological period, and include information about Oklahoma during the Dust Bowl.
Primary Sources by State
The Library of Congress has rich documents and artifacts
from every state, the U.S. territories, and the District
of Columbia. Click on to view historic artifacts and cultural
materials from the state. Browse some of the best primary sources available for Oklahoma.
Creating a Primary Source Archive: All History Is Local
Examine the interplay between national,
state, local, and personal history. Students produce a
digital collection of primary sources from their family
or local community based on the collections in American
Exploring Community Through Local History: Oral Stories, Landmarks and Traditions
Students explore the local history of the community in which they live through written and spoken stories; through landmarks such as buildings, parks, restaurants, or businesses; and through traditions such as food, festivals and other events of the community or of individual families.
Local History: Mapping My Spot
Students create their town’s history for coming generations and place themselves on the map in a literal as well as figurative sense, by producing portions of an updated version of an early twentieth century panoramic map from the American Memory collections.
World-class athlete Jim Thorpe was born in a one-room cabin near Prague in Indian Territory, now Oklahoma. Thorpe's versatile talents earned him the distinction of being chosen, in 1950, the greatest football player and the greatest American athlete of the first half of the twentieth century by American sports writers and broadcasters.
On this day, the U.S. Senate ratified the Louisiana Purchase Treaty by a vote of twenty-four to seven. The agreement, which provided for the purchase of the western half of the Mississippi River basin from France at a price of $15 million, or approximately four cents per acre, doubled the size of the country and paved the way for westward expansion beyond the Mississippi. Parts of Oklahoma were carved out of the original Louisiana Territory.
Oklahoma entered the Union as the forty-sixth state. Derived from the Choctaw Indian words "okla," meaning people, and "humma," meaning red, Oklahoma was designated Indian Territory in 1828. By 1880, sixty tribes, forced by European immigration and the U.S. government to relocate, had moved to Oklahoma.
Veterans History Project Home Page
The Veterans History Project (VHP) collects and preserves
the remembrances of American war veterans and civilian
workers who supported them. Browse the database by state of
residence to locate veterans from Oklahoma.