College of Liberal Arts: Department of History and Geography: Laboratory of History Museum: The Collection

100 Years of Preserving History: Artifacts from the University of Central Oklahoma’s Laboratory of History Museum (1915-2015)

Click the title above to browse a sampling of artifacts from the museum’s collection that were donated in 1915.

The Museum Collection

In 1915, the Central State Historical Society actively collected items for the new museum. By 1917, hundreds of items had been collected and the Society had grown to over 100 members. The collection included Native American items, photographs, historical furniture, books, weapons, documents, coins, Civil War items, pioneer objects, and material relating to early campus life.

The Central State Historical Society wanted their museum to act " a conservator of the remains of the past generations..." and also as " aggressive educational agency."

Collected documents, photographs, and objects, were used to teach history through the use of "original evidence".

The collection has grown to document more than a century of UCO history.

Do you have an item you would like to donate to the museum? Please fill out our donation form and museum staff will contact you.

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