THSM Photo Collection

Over 50,000 photographs and archival materials are currently available online with more added regularly.

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Beryl Ford Collection
To view approximately 24,000 images from the Beryl Ford Collection* housed on the library’s website, click here.

*In 2004 the Rotary Club of Tulsa purchased the Beryl Ford Collection. Beryl Ford had been collecting Tulsa history for most of his life before his death in 2009 at the age of 83. Ford’s collection is largely comprised of photographs, photographic negatives and some artifacts. As its official Oklahoma centennial project, Rotary teamed with the Tulsa City-County Library and the Tulsa Historical Society & Museum to digitize, preserve and house the collection. The project was completed due to the generosity of the Tulsa World, the Lorton Family, Chester Cadieux, the Rotary Club of Tulsa and many other community-minded corporations, institutions and individuals. After two years of work by the Tulsa City-County Library in digitizing and cataloging the collection, it was moved to its permanent home at the Tulsa Historical Society & Museum in 2007.

Ordering Reproductions and Use of Photographs

THSM is pleased to share the photographs in our collections; however, no image may be reproduced without express written permission and appropriate credit. Upon approved request, THSM will supply the user a high-resolution digital image file.

To place an order or request permission to use a photograph, make a note of the item’s number while browsing the online collections linked above, then contact Luke Williams, Archivist & Curator of Collections at 918-712-9484 or Please limit each request to twenty-five photographs. Digital fees and usage fees may apply.

Orders usually take two or three weeks. We cannot “rush” photographic services or undertake photographic research.

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