Archive for August, 2009

Cherokee National Records Colored High School

Tuesday, August 25th, 2009

by William D. Welge, Research Division Director

Among the Cherokee National records will be files relative to the Female, Male, and Colored High School. Featured here is a document taken from the Colored High School (as it was designated by the National Council). This report contains a brief record of employee’s for the month of October 1904. It is presumed that all seven listed here were African-American’s working at the school. The files contain mostly receipts for expenditures for the operations of the school. The earliest document dates from 1889 and ceases in 1906. The school was located five miles northwest of Tahlequah on the old Double Spring’s place. Sadly, there are no lists of students contained in the file.


Tintypes: 19th Century to the Present

Thursday, August 13th, 2009

by Beverly Mosman, Assistant Photo Archivist

The last photographic method for mirror and unique images was patented in 1856 by Hamilton L. Smith, a chemistry and physics professor at Kenyon College in Ohio. Originally known as “melainotype” or “ferrotype” these images are more commonly called tintypes. (more…)

Goodbye to Analog

Tuesday, August 4th, 2009

by Jill Holt, Curator of Textiles

Television was first introduced to the American public in 1939 at the New York World’s Fair. For seventy years, television was broadcast in analog format. On June 12, 2009, the broadcast signal was converted to digital format. Older analog televisions have been rendered unable to receive signals unless they have a digital converter box or a cable or satellite connection. (more…)