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Local History in the Research Center : Vertical Files


One of the unique resources in the Research Center's Oklahoma Room is the extensive vertical file collection. The vertical files contain newspaper and magazine articles, brochures, reports, and ephemera for businesses, organizations, homes, buildings, events, and people in the area.

Newspaper articles, covering topics of local and regional interest, were selectively chosen from Tulsa’s major metropolitan dailies of the twentieth century and deposited in these subject-based vertical files. This is the only major index for Tulsa Tribune and Tulsa World prior to 1989.
Vertical file titles can be searched in the online catalog. To limit your search to the vertical files in the new catalog, use the advanced search. In the "use the form below to construct your query" section, use your keyword and the terms "vertical file." To limit your search to the vertical files in the old (legacy) catalog, use the advanced search. Enter your keyword in the "anywhere" field, and choose "vertical file" from the "material type" drop-down box.
For more information on Tulsa newspaper archives, please see the newspapers and periodicals tab above. 

We are in the process of adding vertical file content to our Tulsa and Oklahoma History Collection online. Content from the vertical file titles listed below has been added. To find content from a particular file, use the advanced search in the Tulsa and Oklahoma History Collection online. Copy and paste the vertical file title in the advanced search box, and select repository from the drop-down field menu.


Aeronautics Industry - Douglas Bomber Plant

African Americans - Neighborhoods, housing, and parks

African Americans - Schools and education

African Americans Biography A-E

African Americans Biography F-K

Airports- Harvey Young Airport

Airports- Tulsa Municipal Airport

Banks - Bank of Oklahoma

Biography - Aaronson, Alfred

Biography - Boorstin, Daniel J

Biography - Fr-Fz

Biography - Perryman family

Biography - Sanditen family

Biography - Women, collective


Boys' Home

Buildings - R-S

Cemeteries - Tulsa's first

Churches - Christ the King

Churches - Christian Science

Churches - Methodist Church

Clubs - private

Department stores Froug's

Department stores Renberg's

Department stores Vandevers

Indians of North America - Biography


Neighborhoods A-E

Neighborhoods - Greenwood

Parks - River Parks: Pedestrian Bridge

Parks - River

Parks: Zink Lake and low water dam

Race riot

Rogers Port Authority

Stores, retail - Otasco

Theaters - Cain's Ballroom

Schools - Webster High School



Archaeology - Spiro Mounds

Biography - Mullendore


Dust Bowl

Motion pictures


Outlaws - Barrow, Clyde and Parker, Bonnie

Outlaws - Daltons and Doolins

Outlaws - Eaton, Frank

Outlaws - Floyd, Charles

Outlaws - Goldsby, Cherokee

Outlaws - Jennings Gang Outlaws - Metcalf, Jennie

Outlaws - P-Z

Outlaws - Reed, Nathaniel

Outlaws - Starr, Henry

Outlaws - Wells, Henry

Rogers, Will - Sayings and letters


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