Early Laws, Reports, Land Records, and Agriculture: Sharing Indian Territory and Oklahoma Territory Insights with the World

Material Description

The OSU Library proposes the digitization of three collections of pre-statehood Oklahoma records. The first is the Territorial Laws, Reports, and Proceedings (TLRP). Composed of government documents covering Oklahoma Territory and Indian Territory, this set of materials includes information on legal decisions, reports from agencies, and legislative proceedings. The records span the period from the early years of Oklahoma Territory in 1892 through 1907. Some items from these years have already been ingested into HathiTrust, so this project focuses on those records which remain less discoverable. The second range of materials is the Oklahoma Territory Agricultural Extension Publications (OTAEP). Published between 1890 and 1907, these educational materials were focused on helping new settlers adjust to an agricultural environment that might be foreign to them. There was also considerable experimentation going on at the time—particularly with wheat varieties, such as the Turkey Red winter wheat brought by Germans from Russia—and the experiment station reports detail these explorations, as well. The third collection is a series of 75 volumes of Payne County Land Records (PCLR) from 1885-1907. Covering the years when the area transitioned from Indian Territory to Oklahoma Territory, these 48,000 pages detail county land transactions. Because of the influx of Euro-American and African American settlers during this era, and because of the inclusion or proximity of Pawnee and Iowa tribal lands to Payne County, these records document the early years of land transfers for three groups whose intersecting histories make Oklahoma’s story unique.

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Oklahoma State University, Stillwater Campus


Dr. Mary Larson
Oklahoma State University

Ms. Janet Ahrberg
Oklahoma State University

Mr. David Thompson
Oklahoma State University

Date Range

1885 - 1885

Geographic Scope

The collections contain materials that represent Indian Territory (as it existed after 1885) and Oklahoma Territory, all areas within the boundaries of the current state of Oklahoma.


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