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Department of Special Collections and University Archives

Department of Special Collections and University Archives

Entry into Special Collections is by appointment only. 

To book a visit to our Reading Room, email us at

(918) 631-2496 (voicemail only)

Special Collections at The University of Tulsa will be closed Monday, July 4th for Independence Day.


Jack and Tybie Satin Rare Book RoomThe Department of Special Collections and University Archives at McFarlin Library hosts world-class collections of rare books, manuscripts, photographs, artwork, and other objects, including one of the five largest collections in the world on the celebrated Irish writer James Joyce and the life archive of Nobel Laureate Sir V.S. Naipaul. Other significant collections include a wide variety of British, Irish, and American modernist literature, a large and varied collection of materials on World War I, Native American history and culture, and Tulsa Race Relations. The Department of Special Collections and University Archives also offers an important array of research materials for scholars worldwide as well as TU faculty and students.

Featured Collection

Richard Ellmann papers, 1837-1990

This collection contains of a wide variety of research and personal materials (correspondence, offprint and photocopied articles, photographs, and sound recordings) for his classes, lectures, and writing as well as extensive files (including drafts, setting copies, galley and page proofs) for his published books.
These reflect Ellmann's long interest in biography, Irish authors James Joyce, W. B. Yeats, Oscar Wilde, and Samuel Beckett as well as French authors Andre Gide and Henri Michaux.
This collection is being re-organized at this time.

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