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A friend, who just moved to Tulsa, recently heard rumor that the 1964 Civil Rights Act was the catalyst that caused the exponential growth of Tulsa’s suburbs. Being that my friend is a scholar who prefers to learn multiple views prior to promoting a particular conclusion, he asked if I could recommend a “great book or two . . . that tell the honest truths about this very interesting city.”

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The following is a slightly revised version of my response:

Here are two I have in my personal collection, and recommend highly. Both are available for checkout from Tulsa City County Library. If the links work (direct links from catalogs don’t always), you should be able to click on each of the two titles below and be directed to TCCL’s library record, which includes the location information for each book. If all is as the online record suggests, you should be able to drive to the library branch nearest your home and check them out. If you’re unsure how to find them on the shelves, I recommend highly asking those at the front desk to help you locate them.

Tulsa!: Biography of the American City

This book was written by a local historian whose family helped *settle* Indian Territory (Oklahoma). It’s an easy, but informative, read. The author’s voice is engaging and has a strong, but reasonably scholarly, Oklahoma *flavor.* Though the book contains a large number of exceptional photographs throughout, they serve to enhance, rather than to dominate, the text (which is my way of saying its not a *coffee table book* ;-)

Tulsa Times: A Pictorial History

This is a three-volume series created over a period of three years (if memory serves ;-). As the title suggests, the set contains numerous images of Tulsa taken over several decades. Though the text is minimal, I do not classify this set in the *coffee table* category. Each chapter contains an informative introduction, and each image contains an informative caption. The set has personal significance to me, because the photographer responsible for the images, Beryl Ford, was a friend of mine (he died just last year), and I remember well how passionately he discussed the project during its creation.

Yet another passion of Beryl was sharing the images he captured or collected with others. If you’re interested, you can view all via this link to the Beryl Ford Collection which is “the largest and most significant collection of photographs and artifacts relevant to the history of the City of Tulsa and surrounding area.”

Lastly, if you’d like a more extensive bibliography of potential reads about Tulsa (like if you’re considering a dissertation on the topic ;-) – here’s a link to a bibliography of Tulsa-related material TCCL has published on its website: Books about Tulsa
Many of the materials listed contain a direct link to their online catalog, from which you can determine how to locate each item, or perhaps even check them out (very likely, some are for in-house use only).

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Thank you to TCCL’s American Indian Resource Coordinator Teresa Runnels for promoting the new Read posters being published by the Center for the American Indian Family at Maxwell Park Library.

*Image accessed from TCCL

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