Special Collections

It is our mission to be the most effective and efficient research tool we can be for our users, which include students, faculty, the local community, and scholars from around the world.

Off Site Storage

Offsite Storage Notice


Please note: Some materials are located in offsite storage and require special arrangements for anticipated use.

Location information is listed on finding aids and catalog records.

The Department of Special Collections and University Archives

Literature, the Pen is mightier than the swordThe Department of Special Collections and University Archives of the McFarlin Library at The University of Tulsa is an important resource for the University community, the local region, and research across the globe.  It is our mission to be the most effective and efficient research tool we can be for our users which include students, faculty, the local community, and scholars from around the world.

The Department is located on the 5th floor of the McFarlin Library and currently the houses more than 140,000 rare books and over 9,000 linear feet of literary and historical manuscripts, photographic collections, artwork, and artifacts.

Most of the collections are literary and historical in nature, with special emphasis on English Modernist authors and the history of the American West.  One of the most notable areas of collecting is in twentieth-century British, Irish, and American literature, which includes an extensive array of materials by and about James Joyce and the papers of Nobel Prize winner V.S. Naipaul.  The department also houses a broad selection of materials relating to Native American history, law, languages and art; wars and conflicts, with emphasis on especially World War I and the Vietnam Conflict; women authors; popular culture; and the history of Oklahoma and the Tulsa region.

The department supports teaching and research across many academic departments and is routinely used in undergraduate instruction and graduate research.

While Special Collections materials must be used in department reading rooms, these rich resources are available to all students and staff of the University as well as, without charge, to members of the public who would like to consult them. Visitors not familiar with the city of Tulsa will find it useful to consult General Information for directions to campus, local accommodations, and weather information.

Under Access Policies you will find all request and application forms required of manuscript readers as well as advice on digital and photocopy replication services.

You may direct questions regarding manuscript collections and access policies to the Librarian of Special Collections.