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The Collections

Special Collections

The University of Tulsa’s McFarlin Library, Department of Special Collections and University Archives collects and preserves a rich array of unique primary-source research material on a broad range of topics. These collections are available to any person for research.

The collection, spanning primarily the fifteenth through twentieth centuries, is comprised of rare books, manuscripts, archival collections, periodical collections, and visual and artistic collections, including one of the five largest collections in the world on the celebrated Irish writer James Joyce and the life archive of Nobel Laureate Sir V.S. Naipaul. Other significant collections include a wide variety of British, Irish and American modernist literature, a large and varied collection of materials on World War I, Native American history and culture and Tulsa Race Relations.

University Archives

Collections that document the history and development of The University of Tulsa and its faculty, staff, students, and alumni. Materials include student and university publications, photographic images, university records, theses, sound and audiovisual recordings, posters, maps, architectural plans, memorabilia, and more.

Access to the collections

All materials must be used in the Special Collections Jack H. and Tybie Davis Satin Reading Room. Users are required to complete and submit a Readers Registratration Form, preferably at least three working days in advance. Our policies and regulations regarding the use of our resource collections try to balance preserving the Library’s unique resources while providing an inviting research and study environment for library users.

About the Catalog

The University of Tulsa’s McFarlin Library, Department of Special Collections and University Archives ArchivesSpace Catalog contains detailed descriptive information about manuscripts (which include but are not limited to letters, diaries, and other papers), photograph albums, historical institutional records, and other primary source research collections. Links to online digital access are included when available.

Special Collections & Archives’ books, theses, dissertations, other published formats, and selected other materials are described in the McFarlin Library’s Catalog.

To find many digitized items, search our Digital Collections

For specific questions about our holdings, please contact us.