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One of the unique resources in the Research Center's Local History Collection is the extensive vertical file collection. 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 subject-based vertical files. This is the only major index in Tulsa for the Tulsa Tribune and for the Tulsa World issues prior to 1989.

If you don't have a Tulsa World subscription, you can access the archives from the library's database, America's Newspapers. You can only access text in the database, not images, and you will need your library card.

Early Tulsa area newspapers such as Tulsa World and Tulsa Tribune are available on microfilm in the Research Center of Central Library. See the newspapers/periodicals tab for a list of titles and dates.
Vertical file titles can be searched in the online catalog. To limit your search to the vertical files in the new catalog, use 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.

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Sheri Perkins
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Research Center, Central Library
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Tulsa, OK 74103-3830
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