University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

A Guide to the Oklahoma Historical Society Oral History Collection, 1956, 1983-1985



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Oklahoma Historical Society
Title: Oklahoma Historical Society Oral History Collection
Dates: 1956, 1983-1985
Abstract: The Oklahoma Historical Society Oral History Collections includes more than 7,500 recorded interviews on a wide range of Oklahoma’s history. This collection contains six audiocassettes of eight interviews with Oklahoma citizens who explain the social history and founding of the state during the pioneer era as well as give some information on the social history and founding of Texas.
Accession No.: 98-350
Extent: 6 tapes
Language: Materials are written in English.
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin

Historical Sketch

In 1893, before Oklahoma was officially a state, members of the Oklahoma Territory Press Association founded the Oklahoma Historical Society. The OHS now has 35 museums and historic sites throughout the state, and strives to preserve and perpetuate the history of Oklahoma and its people by protecting, documenting, and sharing that history. The OHS Oral History Collections include more than 7,500 recorded interviews on a wide range of Oklahoma’s history.

Source: Oklahoma Historical Society. "About the Oklahoma Historical Society." http://www.okhistory.org/about.html (accessed August 18, 2010).


Scope and Contents

The Oklahoma Historical Society Oral History Collection, 1956, 1983-1985, contains six audiocassettes of eight interviews with Oklahoma citizens who explain the social history and founding of the state during the pioneer era as well as give some information on the social history and founding of Texas. Some interviews also talk about the state of Kansas. The topics of conversation include the founding of Oklahoma and Texas, statehood, wagon trails, the coming of the Santa Fe Railroad, medical history, the mail service, the Land Rush of 1889, Sooners, cattle drives, ranching, farming, gun fights, mob rule, homesteading, and the paving of streets for the first time. The interviewees also tell war stories, explaining in detail the participation of members of their families in some battles and wars, such as the Mexican War, the Battle of San Jacinto, the Battle of the Alamo, and the Civil War. Additionally, the interviewees discuss life in the country, giving insight to entertainment, schooling, lifestyles, and the coming of indoor plumbing.

The interviewees are John Teer, Barney Christy, Harrell W. Cotner, Tom A. Judy, Gwen Suthers. Additionally, there is one interview with three persons: Lovenna Barnes and her sisters Clara Staggs and Mae Poteet. The interviewers are Roger Blount, Joe L. Todd, and Bernice Jackson. One interview was conducted in 1956, and the other five interviews were conducted from 1983 to 1985. Four of the six original interviews are on six audiocassette tapes. Copies are on six audiocassette tapes. There are no transcripts, but there are abstracts of each interview included in the collection. Additionally, abstracts are present but there are no tapes for two of the interviews--that with John Teer and that with Lovenna Barnes and her sisters.


Restrictions

Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research.


Index Terms

Subjects (Persons)
Blount, Roger
Todd, Joe L.
Jackson, Bernice
Teer, John
Christy, Barney
Cotner, Harrell W.
Judy, Tom A.
Suthers, Gwen
Barnes, Lovenna
Staggs, Clara
Poteet, Mae
Subjects (Organizations)
Oklahoma Historical Society--Archives.
Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe Railroad Company
Subjects
Oral history--Oklahoma
Statehood (American politics)--History
Wagons--Oklahoma
Medicine--Oklahoma--History
Postal-service--Oklahoma--History
Cattle drives--Oklahoma--History
Ranching--Oklahoma--History
Farming--Oklahoma--History
Gunfights--Oklahoma
Homesteading--Oklahoma
Mexican War, 1846-1848--Anecdotes
San Jacinto, Battle of, Tex., 1836
Places
Oklahoma--History--Land Rush, 1889
Alamo (San Antonio, Tex.)--Siege, 1836
United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865
Oklahoma
Texas
Kansas

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Oklahoma Historical Society Oral History Collection, 1956, 1983-1985, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Jessi Fishman, August 2010.

Basic processing and cataloging of this collection was supported with funds from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) for the Briscoe Center’s "History Revealed: Bringing Collections to Light" project, 2009-2011.


Detailed Description of the Papers

 

Inventory

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2X21 Oral history collection, 1956, 1983-1985