- Post Office Fans – Site for Post Office Murals around the United States
- The Living New Deal – National project to document all New Deal Projects by State.
- Making Modern America: Discovering the Great Depression and New Deal, University of Oklahoma President’s dream class Fall 2015
Some of the jewels found while researching:
Lake Texhoma – Built by German POWs until completed in 1944. POWs housed at Tishomingo and Powell and later at the dam site. – Corp of Engineers website
Garden Club and houses Ardmore – First built Carnegie Library in Oklahoma when its was still Oklahoma Territory, 1903.
Miami Coleman Theatre – The Coleman Theatre (favoring the British spelling) was built originally as a vaudeville theatre and movie palace, by George L. Coleman who became a multimillionaire magnate from his zinc and lead mines in Miami. He realized $1 Mil per month from his holdings. The Coleman Theatre Beautiful opened to a full house (1600 seats) on April 18, 1929 at a price of $1.00 per ticket. Since its grand opening in 1929 – the theatre has never been “dark” or closed. The entire complex is built of steel and concrete. The stairs are riveted like a battleship. There are no posts supporting the balcony, it rests on steel beams – a “floating balcony”. The original 1929 garden scene stage backdrop, as well as the movie screen, are still in place and in good condition. The auditorium is 6 stories from floor to ceiling. The entire theatre was built in 330 days at a cost of $590,000. Today it would cost over $16 Mil to replicate. Mr. Coleman spared no expense when building his show palace. The opulent structure’s exterior architecture is Spanish Mission Revival. [City of Miami Booklet]
The Most Toxic Ghost Town (Picher) –
Joe Shunatona and The United States Indian Reservation Orchestra
Page Memorial Library Building
The Adventures of Smilin’ Jack, by Zack Mosley. A famous cartoonist born in Hickory, Oklahoma and moved around Oklahoma during the depression.
Dick Tracy creator Chester Gould was born in Pawnee, Oklahoma.
Wentz Camp Castle Ponca City http://www.poncacityok.gov/215/Wentz-Camp-and-Pool
- Accomplishments: Works Progress Administration for Oklahoma/ July 1, 1935 – March 1, 1937. Oklahoma City: Works Progress Administration, 1937.
- Baird, W. David. “Final Report: WPA Structures Thematic Survey (Phase III). 11 Stillwater, Oklahoma: Oklahoma State University, 1987.
- Franks, Kenny A. Citizen Soldiers; Oklahoma’s National Guard. Norman, Oklahoma: University of Oklahoma Press, 1983.
- Historical Annual; National Guard of the State of Oklahoma, 1938. Baton Rouge, Louisiana: Army and Navy Publishing Company, 1938.
- U.S. Work Projects Administration, Oklahoma; Final Report of Activities and Accomplishments, (Washington, D.C., 1943),(Typewritten manuscript, Documents Section, Edmon Low Library, Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, Oklahoma.)
- Journey Toward Hope: A History of Blacks in Oklahoma Hardcover – December 1, 1982 by Jimmie Lewis Franklin
- Solomon Sir Jones Films, 1924-1928
- Chronicles of Oklahoma, Volume 69, Number 4, Winter 1991-92 – 45th Infantry mobilize to WWII, POW Camps, Women during the War.
- Chronicles of Oklahoma, Volume 63, Number 4, Winter 1985-1986 Page: 361 – Politics of Culture – The Federal Music Project in Oklahoma
- Chronicles of Oklahoma, Volume 74, Number 3, Fall 1996 Page: 302 – Oklahoma and the Medal of Honor
- Chronicles of Oklahoma, Volume 68, Number 1, Spring 1990 Page: 72 – Politics and Art – The Controversial Birth of the Oklahoma Writer’s Project
- Chronicles of Oklahoma, Volume 70, Number 04, Winter 1992-1993 Page: 356 – Battle cry for History: The First Century of the Oklahoma Historical Society.
- Chronicles of Oklahoma, Volume 96, Number 1, Spring 2018 Page: 4 – Battle Cry for History: The First 125 Years of the Oklahoma Historical Society.
- Chronicles of Oklahoma, Volume 94, Number 1, Spring 2016 Page: 58 – The YMCA’s Y-Chapel of Song and the Central Plate
- Chronicles of Oklahoma, Volume 76, Number 2, Summer 1998 Page: 116 – The Best City in The Best County – Enid’s Golden Years 1916-1941
- Chronicles of Oklahoma, Volume 78, Number 2, Summer 2000 Page: 196 – Western Oklahoma’s Regiment The 179th Infantry
- Chronicles of Oklahoma, Volume 58, Number 2, Summer 1980 Page: 176 – The Restoration of Old Fort Gibson
- The Chandler (Oklahoma) News-Publicist. May 1935 through March 1937.
- The Chandler (Oklahoma) News-Publicists, 25 July 1935.
- The Chandler News-Publicist, 20 June 1935.
- 5 Ibid., 29 October 1936.
- Ibid., 12 February 1936, 24 February 1937; The Chandler NewsPublicist , 7 January 1937.
- The Chandler News-Publicist, 15 August 1935.
- Lincoln County (Oklahoma) Republican,
- 24 February 1937.
- Lincoln County (Oklahoma) Republican. May 1935 through March 1937.
- The Oklahoma Digital Achieves
- Rural Schools Of Southwestern Oklahoma – Final
- The Story of the PWA: Building for Recovery
- OSU Digital Collections – WPA-Built Structures of Oklahoma (Baird’s research)
Keith L. Bryant, Jr., “Oklahoma in the New Deal,” in The New Deal, Vol. 2, The State and Local Levels, ed. John Braeman, Robert H. Bremner, and David Brody (Columbus: Ohio State University Press, 1975).
Norman W. Cooper, “Oklahoma in the Great Depression, 1930–1940: The Problem of Emergency Relief” (M.A. thesis, University of Oklahoma, 1973).
Loren Gatch, “Money Matters: The Stamp Scrip Movement in Depression-Era Oklahoma,” The Chronicles of Oklahoma 84 (Fall 2006).
Loren Gatch, “‘This is Not United States Currency’: Oklahoma’s Emergency Scrip Issues during the Banking Crisis of 1933,” The Chronicles of Oklahoma 82 (Summer 2004).
Kenneth E. Hendrickson, Jr., ed., Hard Times in Oklahoma: The Depression Years (Oklahoma City: Oklahoma Historical Society, 1983).
James R. Scales and Danney Goble, Oklahoma Politics: A History (Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 1982).
Donald Worster, Dust Bowl: The Southern Plains in the 1930s (New York: Oxford University Press, 1979).
“Questions and Answers on the WPA,” Available in the Vertical Files, Oklahoma Historical Society Research Library, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. December 1939
Ware, James. “The Sooner NRA: New Deal Recovery in Oklahoma.” The Chronicles of Oklahoma LIV:3 (Fall 1976), 339-351.
Oklahoma Historic Bridge Survey: Depression-Era Works Program Bridges And Road-Related Resources
WPA Resolution – https://www.loc.gov/law/help/statutes-at-large/74th-congress/session-1/c74s1ch48.pdf
FDR Speeches – https://www.fdrlibrary.org/utterancesfdr#afdr012
If stupidity got us into this mess, then why can’t it get us out! – Will Rogers
The difference between death and taxes is death doesn’t get worse every time Congress meets. – Will Rogers
“In the first place, we should insist that if the immigrant who comes here in good faith becomes an American and assimilates himself to us, he shall be treated on an exact equality with everyone else, for it is an outrage to discriminate against any such man because of creed, or birthplace, or origin. But this is predicated upon the person’s becoming in every facet an American, and nothing but an American … There can be no divided allegiance here. Any man who says he is an American, but something else also, isn’t an American at all. We have room for but one flag, the American flag … We have room for but one language here, and that is the English language … and we have room for but one sole loyalty and that is a loyalty to the American people.”Theodore Roosevelt 1907
“May it be to the world, what I believe it will be … the signal of arousing men to burst the chains … and to assume the blessings and security of self-government. That form, which we have substituted, restores the free right to the unbounded exercise of reason and freedom of opinion. All eyes are opened, or opening, to the rights of man. …For ourselves, let the annual return of this day forever refresh our recollections of these rights, and an undiminished devotion to them.”
– Thomas Jefferson
June 24, 1826 Monticello
Adding helpful links I have found to assist my research:
Taylor Made Culture Green Book
Should a Former Sundown Town Apolgize (accessed October 10, 2018)
Untold Stories from America’s National Parks
History – General
Facing History and Ourselves – Educational history site.
The George C. Marshall Foundation
The Story of the 180th Infantry Regiment
University of Oklahoma State Digital Library – David Baird Collection
Preservation Oklahoma, Incorporated
WPA Buildings of Oklahoma – Travelok.com
The evening of May 31, 1921 was not an ordinary evening for most people in the Greenwood District of Tulsa.
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