Department of Special Collections and University Archives
McFarlin Library. University of Tulsa.  2933 E. 6th St.  Tulsa, OK.  74104-3123 (OKT - OkTU)

Tulsa race riot of 1921 archive

Collection 1989-004

Dates:  1920-2000; bulk 1921-1922, 1995-2000

Extent:  5 Linear Feet (4 legal-sized document boxes, 1 large phase box), 1 small document box, 2 photo albums)

Level of Description:  Item level.

Name of creator(s):  Marc Carlson and Lori Curtis

Date of creation:  1989-2007

Scope and Content:  The materials within the collection are predominantly the research materials and notes from various researchers.  Other materials have been acquired from various sources between 1988 to present and includes photocopies of the local press coverage, articles and essays on the subject, an annotated map, a video recording and photographs of the riot and its aftermath.  Also included is a video recording of the Weller Grossman production of "In Search of History: The Night Tulsa Burned" which aired on cable television's History Channel. In addition, there are 14 audiocassette recordings consisting of 13 interviews conducted by Scott Ellsworth (author of Death in a Promised Land: The Tulsa Race Riot of 1921) with witnesses to the riot.  There is also a copy of The Tulsa Race Riot of 1921 by I. Marc Carlson, together with photocopies of journal articles from 1921 and after, and other research materials. Another addition to the collection is one cassette tape of a talk with extensive audience discussion, given October 18, 1989 at the Allen Chapman Activity Center by Wilhemina Howell and Mabel Little, two women who lived through the riot.

Administrative/Biographical History:  Originals of the Ellsworth interview tapes are located at: William R. Perkins Library, Manuscripts Department, Duke University Durham, North Carolina 27706.

Access and Copyright:  Open, with the signing of the Reader's Application form.

Unpublished manuscripts, tapes and photos are protected by copyright.  Permission to publish, quote, or reproduce must be secured by the repository and the copyright holder.

Some of the photos are in the public domain.

Photocopies of articles and editorials published after 1923 may not be reproduced by this department.  Many of these items are available on microfiche or microfilm in our periodicals department located on the Lower Level.  For copies of items that are not available at McFarlin Library, please submit your request(s) through our Interlibrary Loan Department or visit your local library. 

Language and Scripts:  English

Finding aid/Inventory:   Finding aid is online and in hard copy at the McFarlin Library's Reading Room.

Provenance/Source of Acquisition:  I. Marc Carlson gave his research notes and manuscript in June 1989.  Scott Ellsworth gave his tapes in ...   Alvin F. Simpkins gave his manuscript in ...  The Francis Schmidt photos were acquired from ....   The Leon and Francis Wiandt photos were donated by Alfred Brophy.  The source of the other materials is unknown.

Date(s) of description:

  • Milissa A. Burkart.  Aug 2003
  • Marc Carlson.  Feb 2007, rev. Aug 2007

Access Points:

Subject Headings
Tulsa Race Riot of 1921 Archive.
Tulsa Race Riot, 1921.
Tulsa Race Riot, 1921 -- Photographs.
African Americans -- Oklahoma -- Tulsa.
Special Collections -- Manuscripts -- Tulsa Race Riot.
Riots -- Oklahoma -- Tulsa.
Tulsa (Okla.) -- Race relations.
Tulsa (Okla.) -- History.

Personal names
Brophy, Alfred L.
Carlson, I. Marc.  The Tulsa Race Riot of 1921.
Ellsworth, Scott.  Death in a Promised Land: The Tulsa Race Riot of 1921.
Howell, Wilhemina
Little, Mabel
Simpkins, Alvin F. The Tulsa Race Riot of 1921.

Corporate names

Tulsa (Okla.).

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