The following digital images are a compilation from numerous sources including multiple anonymous Race Riot photograph collections: the Maxine Wiandt photographs (courtesy of Al Brophy), the Sarah Blackwood donation, and a set extracted from the the Francis Schmidt scrapbooks. These images and documents are meant to provide a basic understanding of the racial dynamics in Tulsa's history. A large amount of these materials deal with the Tulsa Riot and Aftermath in 1921.
There are materials referring to the various cultural and racial entities in Tulsa, including the Greenwood Community both within and beyond the contest of the Riot, Native American integration and so forth. There are also materials regarding the Ku Klux Klan in Tulsa in the 1920s. These include an unidentified family scrap book from the Greenwood Community, and historical photographs. There is a copy of the 1924 Booker T. Washington yearbook included as well as Mary Parrish's Events of the Tulsa Disaster.
Photos are described as:
- Postcards: Prints that were made into postcards (as was commonly done in the past).
- Photographic prints: Photos printed from the original negatives.
- Photographic reproduction: Second or later generation photographs, frequently made by scanning in a photograph or photographing another image, resulting in the creation of a new negative. These are derivative works and less detailed than photographic prints.
If you are interested in more information about our the Tulsa Race Riot Collection, please look at the Tulsa Race Riot of 1921 Archive. The Race Riot materials in this collection are provided here for your convenience; you may view the original photographs by special request. Anyone who is interested in obtaining copies of any of the images should contact the Department of Special Collections, McFarlin Library, The University of Tulsa about requests for photo-duplication, publication policies, and applicable charges.
PLEASE NOTE: Although the images included on this page document historical events, they may not be suitable for viewing by all age groups. Please be aware that some of these images are extremely graphic and could be disturbing.