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 Photocopying.
Navigation Guides for Online Resources
These quick guides will assist in navigating some of our online resources, such as the Digital Collections and catalog searching.
About the Western History Collections
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.
- Learn more about Manuscripts at WHC
- Learn more about the WHC Library (Books and Periodicals)
- Learn more about Photographs at WHC
From the Pueblos to the Northern Plains: American Indian Art from the Holdings of the Western History Collections
Currently on display in the reading room is an exhibit of pottery, baskets, ledger art, and paintings created by American Indians living in the American Southwest, Great Plains, and Northern Plains The pieces are part of the Western History Collections holdings spanning several collections.
Highlights of the exhibit include pottery made by Maria Martinez, the famous potter of San Ildefonso; paintings by Arapaho artist Carl Sweezy; and ledger art by Lakota chief Joseph White Bull. The exhibit also includes baskets and pottery from the Art Collection, postcards sowing American Indian art as tourism from the Postcard Collection, an interview notebook from the Walter Stanley Campbell Collection, photographs of Maria Martinez creating pottery from the Alice Marriott Photograph Collection, and American Indian tourism brochures from the James McDowell, Sr. Collection.
Planning a Visit
Are you planning a research trip to the Western History Collections? Here's a checklist to ensure you are prepared:
- Check our hours of operation
- Check the OU catalog for the collections you want to see
- Make sure they aren't already online
- E-mail us to let us know you are coming
- Review our reading room and photocopy policies (see left column)
- View our FAQ page for other details such as parking