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History: Primary Sources

How to locate primary resources for historical research at the University of Oklahoma Libraries.

Iranian Political Pamphlet Collection

The University of Oklahoma has acquired a substantial collection of primary source material relating to the 1979 Iranian revolution. Most material is in Persian. Please see the attached guide from Dr. Afshin Marashi for complete information about the materials.

Special Collections @ OU Libraries & Archives On Campus

The University of Oklahoma Libraries has several special collections that have primary source materials:
Around campus, there are also archives, including:
  • The American Organ Institute and Archives and library, whose archives consist largely of of the American Theatre Organ Society Collections donated to the institute in 2012. See for their discovery portal.
  • The Ballets Russes Archive at the School of Dance, which holds materials such as contracts, correspondence, programs, clippings, diaries, scrapbooks, photographs and more from Ballets Russes dancers. Email for more information.
  • The Carl Albert Center Congressional Archives, which holds the papers of nearly 60 former members of Congress and 20 others related to congressional history and study. Monnet Hall, Room 201. See for their discovery portal.
  • The Julian P. Kanter Political Commercial Archive, which holds more than 90,000 political commercials, including television spots back to 1950 and radio spots back to 1936. Burton Hall, Room 113.


There is a significant collection of primary source material reproduced on microfilm or microfiche. Most microforms are held in off-site storage; please use Sooner Xpress to retrieve them. Microform readers are on the fourth floor. See this guide for more information.
See to browse a list of some of these materials or search Discover Local (the catalog) for a specific titles.

Digital Collections @ OU Libraries

The University of Oklahoma Libraries also has several digital collections available at This collection includes materials from:
There is also a Sooner Heritage site featuring: