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Local History FAQ: When Was The Medical Arts Building Demolished?

medical arts building

Both the Medical Arts Building, on the southwest corner of 6th and Boulder, and the Bethlehem Building, on the northwest corner of 2nd and Boston, came down on Sunday, July 12th, 1970. The 1970-07-13 Tulsa Tribune article called the demolition a "double-header."

New In The Digital Collections

junior league of tulsa oral histories

In the late 70s and early 80s, the Junior League of Tulsa (JLT) conducted over sixty oral history interviews with Tulsans who were influential in our community’s development, who had knowledge of specific neighborhoods, buildings, or industry, or who were witness to Tulsa eras and events. JLT donated the histories to the library, and they were later converted from audio cassette to a digital format.

Ancestry Library Edition: U.S. City Directories 1821-1989

You can now access Ancestry.com's database of U.S. City Directories 1821-1989 from any library location.  Directories can be found by choosing "all databases" from the "more collections" link on Ancestry Library Edition's landing page.

Standpipe Hill and Tulsa's Early Fire Department Infrastructure

standpipe hill map

Every year, the Research Center receives questions about Tulsa's Standpipe HIll.  Here are a couple of of our frequently asked questions and the answers:

 How tall was the standpipe?

A 11/15/1904 Tulsa Daily Democrat article states that the standpipe would be an imposing structure of 100 feet from base to top.

How tall was the hill?

A National Board of Fire Underwriters Committee map shows that the hill was 902 feet tall in 1922. 

Women’s History Month: Tulsa's Joy Harjo and S.E. Hinton in BIC

biography in context database

It's Women's History Month and two of Tulsa's own, S. E. Hinton and Joy Harjo, are featured in the Library database Biography in Context (BIC).  BIC is a comprehensive collection of biographical information on people throughout history and across all subject areas.  You can limit your search in the database by birth or death place. You can also limit the search by gender, nationality, occupation, and ethnicity.

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