The Collections

The materials in the McFarlin Library, Department of Special Collections and University Archives, The University of Tulsa are wide and varied. They consist of books, manuscripts, photographs, digital, artifacts, and artwork. Many of these are rare and valuable, some are not. The term "collection" can refer to any gather of materials, and so frequently we use other terms to describe the most commonly found sort of item in a particular collection.

Our collections fall into two categories regarding accessibility, those that are processed and those that are not. If a collection is not processed, it can not be searched, and generally not used.


To search the materials in our collections, there are three basic paths. The first is to use the Library Catalog. Processed collections should have a record in the catalog, with the attendant subject headings.

The second, but easiest way to find processed manuscripts is through a web search, such as Google:

only search Special Collections

Finally, it is possible to simply browse through the Collections listed A-Z. Please note that this only lists collections and manuscripts in alphabetical order by first letter of the official name. It's mostly there for our use, and so is not very user-friendly.


There are also growing Digital Collections and occasional Online Exhibits. We also display and discuss many of our collections materials on Flickr and "From McFarlin Tower", our department's Blog.