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 A. Introduction

The land that is now Oklahoma City was once part of the Unassigned Lands – lands which after the Civil War were not allocated to a particular native tribe in Indian Territory. The land was opened to settlement for the general public on 22 April 1889. The result was the legendary Land Run of 1889. The best source for a broad history of the city is Roy P. Stewart’s Born Grown: An Oklahoma City History.

 B. Subject Headings and Shelf Numbers

  • Oklahoma City (Okla.)—History
  • Oklahoma City (Okla.)
  • Oklahoma County (Okla.)—History
  • Add-Oklahoma-Oklahoma City to subject headings: e.g. African Americans-Oklahoma-Oklahoma City
  • Browse call numbers 976.638

 C. Frequently Mentioned Texts

 D. General References, e.g. Guides, Encyclopedia, or Dictionaries

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Oklahoma City, the Capital of Soonerland by Lucyl Shirk
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Encyclopedia of Oklahoma by St. Clair Shores
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The Story of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma By William F. Kerr
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The Story of Oklahoma City By Angelo C. Scott

 E. Magazines or Newspapers

  • Oklahoman and Times newspapers dating back to 1894 on microfilm
  • Oklahoman index from 1947-1972 on microfilm
  • Newsbank index to the Oklahoman (1981-present)
  • Oklahoman Electronic Archives (1901-present)
  • Oklahoma County Newspaper Collection on microfilm
  • Vertical File which contains newspaper clippings and other items
  • Chronicles of Oklahoma 1924-present
  • An Annotated Guide to the Chronicles of Oklahoma, 1921-1994
  • Oklahoma Today 1957-

 F. Internet Resources

 G. Other Media, e.g. Video, Audio

  • Oklahoma Images Collection: A collection of pictures and essays that illustrate the history of Central Oklahoma. Find photographs, art works, primary source materials, and essays that tell the story of the people who have called Oklahoma home.
  • Oklahoma Image Videos: For years you could view the Oklahoma Images collection of photographs chronicling the history of central Oklahoma on our website. Now you can hear the stories written by Oklahoma Room librarian Buddy Johnson that go with them.
  • Oklahoma Moments (MetroTube - Oklahoma Timeless History): In late 2006, the producers of MLS’ weekly television program “Read About It” decided that for the duration of Oklahoma’s centennial year they wanted to add a segment to the show that celebrated the famous and not-so-famous people and events that have made our history unique. They teamed Oklahoma Room librarian Larry Johnson as their writer with former Governor George Nigh as spokeman.
  • Oklahoma Folklore Collection: The Oklahoma Folklore Collection is the result of an effort by the Metropolitan Library System in the late 1940's and early 1950's to collect and preserve the stories, memories, and songs that make up Oklahoma's rich folk tradition.

 H. For Further Research

Prepared by L. Johnson and D.O. Spindle
Updated March 2013