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Oklahoma Historical Society to celebrate The Chronicles of Oklahoma centennial

In January 2021, the Oklahoma Historical Society (OHS) will celebrate the centennial of one of its cornerstone programs: The Chronicles of Oklahoma, its quarterly journal that includes scholarly articles on the history and culture of Oklahoma, book reviews, notes and documents, and minutes of historical society board meetings.

The society's Board of Directors established The Chronicles at its May 6, 1920, meeting and appointed a committee to arrange for its publication. The committee named J.S. Buchanan and E.E. Dale, of the University of Oklahoma, as managing and associated editors respectively, and they began production of the first issue. That issue was released 100 years ago in January 1921.

The society's Publications Division has planned several ways to commemorate the anniversary. Most significantly, The Chronicles of Oklahoma is now available on The Gateway to Oklahoma History, an online repository of Oklahoma history through which visitors can search and view thousands of historic newspapers, photographs, maps and documents.

Jennifer Towry, society web and visual communications manager, was integral in the scanning and preparation of the journal, which was then uploaded onto The Gateway through a partnership with the University of North Texas Libraries. The process is ongoing and will be completed in the coming months. Issues now available can be found at

The history of The Chronicles of Oklahoma will be featured in the “Notes and Documents” section of an upcoming issue of the journal. Elizabeth Bass, editor of The Chronicles and director of publications for the historical society, will speak to graduate students at universities in the state to inform them of the possibilities available for research and publication. Finally, to wrap up a year of celebration, an exhibit about the importance of The Chronicles and its past editors will be featured at the Oklahoma History Center in the latter part of 2021.

The works published in The Chronicles of Oklahoma cover the depth and breadth of Oklahoma’s history. The Oklahoma Historical Society is inviting people to join in celebrating the publication's centennial by supporting the work of the journal and becoming an society member. Membership includes a subscription to the journal.

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