January 6, 2025

The New Deal in Oklahoma: Exploring Our Past Through Archival Collections

Class Details

The New Deal in Oklahoma: Exploring Our Past Through Archival Collections

Understanding and evaluating information is a critical skill in today’s society, whether assessing new information generated and shared through electronic platforms or historical source material.

Students will be introduced to the history of the New Deal era in Oklahoma, which represents a period of time in U.S. history ranging from the Great Depression through the U.S. entrance into World War II.

This course will examine the contributions from New Deal programs such as the Federal Writers Project, Civilian Conservation Corp., the Soil Conservation Services, and the Federal Art Project through existing documentation found in libraries, archives, and museums.

This seminar will empower students to interrogate historical sources to better understand how cultural memory is actively shaped over time. Participants will engage with digital tools to investigate archival sources such as maps, oral history recordings, images, and text.

This seminar will be held on the campus of Oklahoma State University in Stillwater, Oklahoma.


  • Enrollment through your home campus; contact your local OSLEP campus coordinator for information
  • OSLEP provides all required reading materials at no additional cost-NO books to buy!
  • Housing and meals provided
  • In-person residential seminar
  • This seminar will be limited to 16 student participants
Start Date
January 6, 2025
End Date
January 10, 2025
Oklahoma State University, Stillwater
Course Credits
Application Deadline
October 11, 2024
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Sarah Milligan

Oklahoma State University

Sarah Milligan (primary)

Professor and Head of the Oklahoma Oral History Research Program (OOHRP) at the Oklahoma State University Library, where she holds the Hyle Family Endowed Professorship and oversees the production, access, and preservation of the 2,000+ interviews in the OOHRP collection. She has worked extensively in oral history outreach, including providing training for new interview production as well as technical assistance to oral history collection holders throughout the country. Milligan has expertise in archival preservation and access and is a founding member of the Digital Public Library of America OKHub working group, and the inaugural President for the Oklahoma Archivists Association. Milligan has served on numerous committees for the Oral History Association (OHA), including co-chairing the 2018 Task Force to revise the longstanding OHA Principals and Best Practices, and serving on the OHA Council (2018-2022) before being elected to First Vice President in 2023. Milligan also currently serves as chair of the board of Trustees of Oklahoma Humanities.

Patrick Daglaris

Archivist for the Oklahoma Oral History Research Program at the Oklahoma State University Library. His interests include digital preservation, collection management, and discoverability of audiovisual materials and community engagement by archival institutions.

Kevin Dyke

Maps and Spatial Data Curator at Edmon Low Library. His responsibilities include stewarding the library’s physical map and aerial photograph collection, managing the digitization and preservation of the collection, and making the collection more accessible and relevant to members of the Oklahoma State University community and the public. Originally trained as a geographer, Dyke is also an experienced user and developer of GIS software and is available to consult on its use in nearly any context. He teaches workshops about spatial analysis, story mapping, and is a certified instructor in Data and Software Carpentry.

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