We are happy to announce the addition of the Tulsa World to our archives. The paper was founded in 1905 when Oklahoma was still a territory, two years before achieving statehood. At the time, the big news in Tulsa was a brand new strip of cement paving in front of the Alexander building on Main street. Since its humble beginnings, the Tulsa World has chronicled local, national, and international news in Tulsa for more than a century. This archive also includes issues from The Tulsa Evening Sun and The Tulsa Sentinel.
Two months after the Tulsa World published its first paper, oil was discovered on property owned by Tulsa resident Ida E. Glenn. The discovery became known as the Glenn Pool Oil Reserve and brought an oil boom to the state. By 1908, the fields had produced more than 20 million barrels. The Tulsa World reported that they couldn’t make barrels fast enough. Tulsa promoted itself as the “Oil Capital of the World” and became home to oil tycoons, including Harry Sinclair and J. Paul Getty. The oil boom brought tremendous growth to Tulsa.
In 1921, Tulsa was the scene of an outbreak of violence known as the Tulsa Race Massacre. Following WWI, Tulsa received national recognition for its thriving and affluent Black Community known as the Greenwood District. But the area became the center of violence for 18 hours between May 31 – June 1, 1921. On May 31, a young Black man allegedly assaulted a white woman in an elevator at an office building on South Main Street. Various accounts of what transpired emerged and became exaggerated throughout the day. Fury intensified, and a white mob began attacking residents and their property in the Greenwood District. Some 35 city blocks were destroyed, with many injured and killed. Death certificates were issued for 37 people, though experts suspect the death count was much higher. Recently, Tulsa began excavating a cemetery to find and identify victims of the 1921 massacre.
The Tulsa World provides a unique resource for researching area residents and the city’s history. If you have ancestors from Tulsa, you might find them mentioned in news articles, obituaries, birth announcements, personal columns, and more. Imagine discovering a story about your ancestor like this 1925 clipping that tells of a young Tulsa man known for his sunny disposition. Despite being paralyzed, he attended high school, riding in a red wagon using his hands to push it along.
What will you discover in the pages of the Tulsa World? Start searching nearly two million pages in our Tulsa World archive on Newspapers.com™ today!