The Peggy Helmerich Library will be closed temporarily for light renovation. We anticipate the closure to last several weeks. During the closure, any items you have placed on hold will be sent to Hardesty Library.
We welcome any information or memories you might have in association with the images in this collection. Please send comments via email. If possible, please include details or references that will enable us to verify information. This will help speed the process of making accurate changes to the records.
In 2004 the Rotary Club of Tulsa, through its not-for-profit subsidiary Tulsa Archives, Inc., purchased from Beryl and Lydia Ford the entire Beryl Ford Collection, the largest and most significant collection of photographs and artifacts relevant to the history of the City of Tulsa and surrounding area. As its official Oklahoma Centennial Project, Rotary teamed with the Tulsa City-County Library and the Tulsa Historical Society to quickly provide the public access to this excellent photographic collection of Tulsa history. Tulsa Archives, Inc. conducted fundraising efforts to support a two-year project via the Tulsa City-County Library. Preservation and archiving of this significant Tulsa treasure of photographs and artifacts was made possible in part through the generosity of the Tulsa World, Lorton Family, Chester Cadieux, the Rotary Club of Tulsa, and many other community-minded corporations, institutions, and individuals.With the successful completion of the capital campaign, TCCL embarked upon the project to inventory, catalog, and digitize the collection. In December 2007, TCCL staff successfully completed the Centennial Project.
Tulsa lost its preeminent source on local history when Mr. Ford passed away in 2009. We are very fortunate that he shared part of his legacy as Tulsa historian with us in the form of this invaluable collection.
Browse or search the digital collection of over 22,000 digitized photographs on the Tulsa City-County Library's website.
We welcome your comments, questions, or suggestions regarding the collection. If possible, please include details or references that will enable us to verify information. This will help speed the process of making accurate changes to the records. Please contact our local history department.
To purchase prints from the collection, please contact the Tulsa Historical Society.