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December 30, 2013

Contact: Larry O'Dell
Oklahoma Historical Society
Office: 405-522-6676
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OHS Receives Donation of Pre-Statehood Newspapers

OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla., -- The Oklahoma Historical Society's John and Eleanor Kirkpatrick Research Center has received 20,000 pages of Oklahoma newspapers previously thought to have been lost to history. The unique donation of historic Oklahoma newspapers was a gift from the Kansas Historical Society after a recent inventory discovered the newspapers in its collections.

"These titles are all from before Oklahoma statehood and are a wonderful addition to the OHS newspaper archives," said Director of Research Chad Williams. New titles and issues include: Cherokee Sentinel (1894-95), Daily Optic (1889), Hennessey Courier (1890), West and South (1891) and the Yukon Weekly Courier (1891-92). Williams said, "The collection is in remarkable condition and will be digitized and added to the OHS online website 'The Gateway to Oklahoma History' where each page will be word searchable and freely available to researchers."

"The Gateway to Oklahoma History" is an online repository sponsored by the OHS and the Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation. Visiting the site allows you to browse more than 800,000 Oklahoma newspaper pages dating from the 1840s-1920s. To search the Gateway, visit http://gateway.okhistory.org/. For more information, contact the OHS Research Center at 405-522-5207 or newspaper@okhistory.org.

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