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The University of Oklahoma provides access to several on-line collections of primary and secondary souce material relating to the humanities and fine arts. They range in subject matter from underground comics to streaming independent films to historical documents. The object of this guide is to highlight digital collections that present rare material in a manner that is both scholarly and enjoyable to use. It is not comprehensive. Please note that many of these resources are licensed for use only by current OU students, faculty, and staff and require a 4x4 login to access them. Resources from the open web are also included here.

This guide was created and is maintained by Liorah Golomb, Humanities Librarian, University of Oklahoma, with contributions from Sarah Wilson, MLIS-School of Library and Information Science, University of Oklahoma. See other guides created by OU librarians for helpful links and information on many topics.

This is a constantly evolving site. Please send your suggestions or report broken links to Liorah Golomb.


New! The New York Review of Books is now available online, providing fully digitized content from 1963 to the present. The NYRB publishes articles, essays, and reviews of books on a variety of subjects including literature, culture, the arts, economics, science, and current affairs.


The Dress-Maker

"The Dress-Maker and the Dress-Wearer." Godey's Lady's Book, December 1851. Database: Godey's Lady's Book.

Victorian pamphlet

Harriet Staunton, or, Married and starved for money. Pamphlet, n.d. Database: London Low Life.

Teenager's diary

Julia Heller's Boy-Friends book, 1932. Database: North American Women's Letters and Diaries, Colonial to 1950.

Graphic novel by Jason

The Left Bank Gang, by Jason. Fantagraphics Books, 2005. Database: Underground and Independent Comics.

Kiowa ledger

Kiowa Indian ledger drawing. Ca. 1880-1890. Database: American Indian Histories and Cultures.

Portrait of Shelley

Portrait of Percy Bysshe Shelley, engraved by W. Findon. N.d. Database: Romanticism: Life, Literature and Landscape.

Humanities Librarian

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Liorah Golomb
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