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The Oklahoman Archives offers endless possibilities for research and fun

by Alan Herzberger Modified: April 18, 2013 at 1:36 pm •  Published: April 13, 2012

Saturday marks the 100th anniversary of the Titanic vs. iceberg showdown that ended with the loss of 1,514 lives.

The Oklahoman, of course, covered the event. Here’s the newspaper front page from The Daily Oklahoman on April 16, 1912.

 

April 16, 1912, front page of The Daily Oklahoman. Top headline: OCEAN STEAMER TITANIC SINKS; 1525 ABOARD."
April 16, 1912, front page of The Daily Oklahoman. Top headline: OCEAN STEAMER TITANIC SINKS; 1525 ABOARD."

 

I’m always fascinated by looking at old images of our newspapers. I’ve even written about that fascination on these pages, like this segment from Aug. 11, 2011:

I received this question from a NewsOK user this week: “I’m looking for an article … that was printed in 1969. Do you know if the online paid subscription archive would go back that far. Thank you for your time.” My answer: “I would recommend using our archives for The Oklahoman. We should have everything you are looking for dating back to 1901. The link is available on the NewsOK home page sub-navigation.”The Oklahoman’s archives are a real treasure that are sometimes overlooked. Just for fun, I did a quick search for Bennie Owen (I wanted to be sure I could find some I ended up with a long list of stories. After all, Bennie Owen is a legendary football coach at OU and the namesake of the field at Oklahoma Memorial Stadium. Here is just one item I found – a notes column from Charles J. Brill that included a passionate plea to make Owen the athletic director at the school. I love reading old columns from our archives. You’d enjoy it, too.

I also wrote about our archives in a weekly column I had — a predecessor to this fine blog — on Nov. 23, 2004:

Since I have no Oklahoma City ancestry, it was unlikely that I’d find such a cool name like Herzberger in the system. I was wrong. It turns out that A.C. Herzberger was a three-time Big Seven Conference wrestling champion in the 1930s. At least that’s what a story published in 1944 described when Herzberger entered the AAU tournament at the Oklahoma City YMCA. But there were almost no other Herzbergers in the archives until I came to town, of course.

My ‘The Digital Desk’ blog dates all the way back to the Fall of 2008, when we last launched a major redesign of NewsOK.com. I’ve been posting off and on ever since. I’ve even gained dozens of avid readers.

When you perform a search on my blog, you can get a lot of content that I’ve written about. And, of course, it’s fascinating — at least to me.

So just think what happens when you do a search in The Oklahoman’s Archives. The Oklahoman — something we’ve published every day for decades and decades and decades. You can research our coverage of the Titanic’s sinking, of Bennie Owen’s career that sparked the legendary football field in Norman to carry his name, of  your own family and how many times your lineage has been published in our paper.

Those are just a few of the things I’ve looked for in our archives over the years. But there so many other possibilities.

And the best news of all? The Oklahoman Archives are free with your subscription of The Oklahoman as part of our Full Access – Print + Digital bundle.

I mean, where else are you going to find an image of the first-class menu aboard the Titanic.

Copy of page in book depicting the actual first class menu of the last meal served on the Titanic.
Copy of page in book depicting the actual first class menu of the last meal served on the Titanic.

 


by Alan Herzberger
Digital Managing Editor
Alan Herzberger is the Digital Managing Editor for NewsOK.com and The Oklahoman. He focuses on content within OPUBCO Communications Group’s variety of digital products. He’s been with The Oklahoman since 1997, when he joined the sports...
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