Search Our Photo Collections

General THSM Collection

Over 18,000 photographs and archival materials are searchable online (with more being added daily!). Click this link to get started:

Beryl Ford Collection

To view approximately 24,000 images from the Beryl Ford Collection*, housed on the library’s website, CLICK HERE

  • 1909 - Looking South on Main Street
  • 1947 - Tulsa Skyline
  • 1893 - 2nd and Main Street Looking North
  • 1890 - South Main Street From the Frisco Tracks
  • 1945 - Aerial View of Tulsa
  • Post Card  Main Street South
  • The Mayo Hotel
  • 1907 - Main Street Scene
  • Delman Theater


*In 2004 the Rotary Club of Tulsa purchased the Beryl Ford Collection. Beryl Ford had been collecting Tulsa history for most of his life before his death in 2009 at the age of 83. Ford’s collection is  largely comprised of photographs, photographic negatives and some artifacts. As its official Oklahoma centennial project, Rotary teamed with the Tulsa City-County Library and the Tulsa Historical Society to digitize, preserve and house the collection. The project was completed due to the generosity of the Tulsa World, the Lorton Family, Chester Cadieux, the Rotary Club of Tulsa and many other community-minded corporations, institutions and individuals. After two years of work by the Tulsa City-County Library in digitizing and cataloging the collection, it was moved to its permanent home at the Tulsa Historical Society in 2007.


Ordering Reproductions

The Tulsa Historical Society is pleased to share the photographs in our collections – we have thousands for you to browse in two online collection databases linked above. 

To place an order, make a note of the item’s number while browsing through the online collections above, then contact Ian Swart, the THSM Curator of Collections  & Archivist, at 918-712-9484 or

Orders generally take two to three weeks. We cannot “rush” photographic services or undertake photographic research.


Permission to Reproduce or Publish Images from the Tulsa Historical Society Collections

No Tulsa Historical Society image may be reproduced in any form without the written permission of the Society. Researchers must obtain separate, written permission for the reproduction or publication of all materials copied from Society collections. Requests for photographs and payment of photographic service fees do not constitute or imply permission to reproduce images.

Written request for image reproduction or publication permission should be made to Tulsa Historical Society, 2445 South Peoria, Tulsa, OK 74114. Include a complete description of each item to be reproduced and a complete description of where, how, and when the item(s) will be reproduced. Indicate whether you have the image or are ordering photographic copies at the time you are making your reproduction request.

Permissions are for one use only. The Society does not give open-ended or multi-year permissions for reproduction. Each separate use (publication, exhibition, broadcast video, home video, theatrical release, etc.) must be requested in writing. Each reproduction in any format requires a separate permission. All reproductions must credit the Tulsa Historical Society as the source of the image.

Copyright Restrictions Warning

The copyright of the United States Title 17, U.S. Code) governs the making of photocopies or other reproductions of copyright material. Under certain conditions specified in the law, libraries and archives are authorized to furnish photocopies or other reproductions of copyrighted work. One of these specified conditions is that the photocopy or reproduction is not to be “used for any purpose other than private study, scholarship, or research. If a user makes a request for, or later uses, a photocopy or reproduction for purposes in excess of “fair use,” the user may be liable for copyright infringement. This institution reserves the right to refuse a copying order if, in its judgment, fulfillment of the order would involve violation of the copyright law. The granting of permission to publish by the Society does not absolve users of materials from securing permission from copyright owners and payment of such additional fees as the owners may require if the Society does not own copyright or if the material is not in the pubic domain. Applicants assume all responsibility for questions of copyright and invasion of privacy that may arise in copying and in the use made of the photographic copy.

The Society makes no warranties or representations and assumes no responsibility or liability for any claims against the applicant or the Society by persons or parties because of a reproduction. Applicant agrees to indemnify the Society and hold it harmless against any and all such claims. It is the responsibility of the applicant to obtain necessary permissions for those items in which the Society does not own the copyright or for which other restrictions may apply. Applicants are advised that obtaining rights may be a lengthy and complex task and should be planned well in advance. Any and all royalty payments or other requirements specified by the copyright owner must be paid or honored by applicant.