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Stillwater Public Library (Stillwater, OK 74074-4449)
Stacy DeLano (Project Director: May 2017 to present)
Stillwater Public Library Preservation Supplies Project

The purchase of preservation supplies for a collection of 1,800 books and 3,200 scrapbooks, photographs, vertical files, maps, pamphlets, booklets, and documents related to the history of Stillwater, Oklahoma.  Stillwater was the first settlement in the Unassigned Lands of Oklahoma, the focus of white settlement during the late 19th century “Boomer Movement,” and an important part of the 1889 Land Run; it is now the home of Oklahoma State University, the state’s only land grant university and its second largest.  Items include agricultural census records; recently discovered records of the United Spanish War Veterans and the Women’s Auxiliary to the United Spanish War Veterans; city directories and high school annuals; photographs and correspondence from one of Stillwater’s “First Families”; and archives of a number of local clubs.  The collection is used by genealogists, historians, and educators researching African American history, flooding, World War II veterans, local churches and organizations, historic murders, local businesses, and local history.  Special collection materials have also been used to provide the Iowa Tribe with never-before-seen photos of tribe members and documents from 1850 to 1930.

The Stillwater Public Library owns a collection of directories, annuals, local organizations' archives, Stillwater, Payne County, and Oklahoma history material and other archived items that help detail the Stillwater area and the hundreds of thousands of residents and students who have passed through our community.  After receiving an NEH grant in 2017, along with a grant from the Oklahoma Historical Records Advisory Board, library staff created a secure storage and workspace for the collection. The present grant request would provide supplies, so that staff may now continue the work of preserving specific, prioritized items. The project also includes the development of processing procedures for the collection's archive items, which will be followed by Special Collections and Technical Services staff.

Project fields:
U.S. History

Preservation Assistance Grants

Preservation and Access

$5,547 (approved)
$5,541 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/2018 – 6/30/2019