OU students, faculty, staff, and independent scholars are welcome to visit the Western History Collections for research. To prepare for your visit please view our policies on use of the WHC Reading Room and Copying.
The Western History Collections is a special collection within the University of Oklahoma Libraries system. Its purpose is to enhance the University Libraries general collection on the history of the American West; to support the research and teaching programs of the University of Oklahoma; and to provide opportunities for research through the acquisition, preservation, and access of materials relating to the development of the Trans-Mississippi West and Native American cultures.
In celebration of OU’s 125th anniversary, the Western History Collections is showcasing some of the best university-related artifacts from our University Archives and Manuscript Division collections. This exhibit, on display through Spring 2016, features OU’s official copy of the university charter, early football memorabilia, student scrapbooks and publications, and models of OU buildings. Many of the unique artifacts, including a 1908 football sweater, a 1950s cheerleader sweater, and President William Bennett Bizzell’s graduation cap and gown, were donated by alumni and friends of the university, making this a truly special exhibit. Specific exhibits highlight student life in the 1910s and 1920s, OU’s military involvement during World Wars I and II, university china collections, popular football memorabilia, and student publications from the first student newspaper to 1950s student-run magazines.
The Western History Collections’ hours are 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. On home football game days, we are open until kickoff. Please call 405-325-3641 with any questions.
Are you planning a research trip to the Western History Collections? Here's a checklist to ensure you are prepared: