Following Oklahoma's survival during the Great Depression

Archer School – Pryor (Vic)

Address:┬áVicinity of Pryor, OklahomaCounty Mayes
Started: 1936Completed 1940

Current Usage


The Archer School is a single story, two-room, rectangular (30′ x 46′) building constructed of uncut and rusticated native stone of auburn and buff colors in a masonry of random rubble. The strategic placement of the stones add a decorative element to this building. The roof is gabled and contains a chimney. The entryway is recessed behind an arch made of brick. The sash windows are singly placed and have concrete sills. The entryway has wood inserts, but this does not impeach the integrity of the building.
This school is significant because it constituted an economically important community resource. Its construction provided local families with wages which were infused back into the depressed local economy, helping individuals as well as the community. Jobs generated by the construction of the school restored a sense of pride to many men who might otherwise have been unable to provide for their families. Architecturally, the building is an excellent example of vernacular style that is a major symbol of social significance.[1]

VERBAL BOUNDARY DESCRIPTION: From Pryor go three miles west on State highway 20 and 3.25 miles south to the southwest corner of the NW 1/4 of the NW 1/4 of Sec. 35, T 21 N, R 19 E, thence north 13 rods; east 12 rods; south 13 rods; west 12 rods to the point of beginning.


  1. Oklahoma Landmarks Inventory Nomination

Supported Documents:

  1. WPA Properties Mayes County – Archer School



  1. Linda I Oliver

    I have just found a pic of students in front of Archer School in 1925. I would be happy to send you a pic through Email.:)))

    • gsullaway

      I would love to add the photo to the page just send to my email.

  2. Melissa L. Capps

    Archer School sits directly across the road from my parents’ farm. My family has been on the farm since 1955. I remember when my grandparents lived on the farm and we would go to the school for functions and things. It’s completely fallen apart now and it should really be on the National Register of Historic Places. The school was attended by all who lived around the area at that time, including native Americans. Very sad that is left to ruins.

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