Thursday, June 23, 2011
We left this morning from Bryan, Texas and drove about six hours north into sooner country to the Western History Collection housed at the University of Oklahoma in Norman. Less than an hour outside Bryan, we stopped to explore a small town on the historic register, Calvert, Texas. It was beautiful in a run-down way and the strong sunlight made for some great photo opportunities. I've uploaded an unedited album to Flicker (click here), so I apologize for the dud shots but you can get a feeling for how gorgeous it was. From there we just drove and drove and drove until we got to Norman early enough in the afternoon that I could still make it into the archive before closing. It was another beautiful reading room with tall wood paneled walls and stained glass windows and, luckily for me, a great collection of materials. They have the collection listed, but the finding aid is not available online so I had no idea what I was in for but it was a real treasure trove of new information even though it was a small collection. Three cheers for Norman! Tomorrow we are off early to Kansas to see if again we can do a drive and an archive in the same day before the weekend takes us off on non-academic adventuring. What will the weekend hold? We are curious to find out, but are feeling inspired by all things cow-girl like rodeos and riding on horses. I'll keep you posted . . .