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Black American Military Experience Collection

Identifier: 2006-022

Scope and Contents

Collection traces the black military experience from colonial times through the Gulf War. These experiences are documented in personal narratives, biographies, and regional, world and regimental histories. The collection covers a wide range of topics relating to race relations and the social and economic world of blacks through history. The theme of race relations is an important focus of the collection. The collection documents the change in the perception of black peoples and their culture over time, especially in the last century. Race riots are one subject covered extensively, especially the Tulsa, Oklahoma Race Massacre of 1921. The collection is primarily books, but also contains some manuscripts, interviews, clippings, maps, and rertpos.


  • The collection covers military actions from the beginning of America in the 1600s to the present. Publication dates on the books range from 1858 to the present.

Condtions Governing Access

The collection is open for research use. Manuscript collections and archival records may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy laws and regulations, the Oklahoma Open Records Act (, and other relevant regulations. Confidential material may include, but is not limited to, educational, medical, and personnel records. Researchers are advised that the disclosure of certain information pertaining to identifiable living individuals represented in this collection without the consent of those individuals may have legal ramifications (e.g., a cause of action under common law for invasion of privacy may arise if facts concerning an individual's private life are published that would be deemed highly offensive to a reasonable person) for which Oklahoma State University Libraries assumes no responsibility.

Conditions Governing Use

The researcher assumes full responsibility for conforming with the laws of copyright. Whenever possible, Oklahoma State University Archives will provide information about copyright owners and related information. Securing permission to publish or use material is the responsibility of the researcher. Note that unless specifically transferred to Oklahoma State University Libraries, any applicable copyrights may be held by another individual or entity. Copyright for material published by Oklahoma Agricultural and Mechanical College/Oklahoma State University is held by the Board of Regents for the Oklahoma Agricultural and Mechanical Colleges. All rights reserved.

Further information about copyright policy can be obtained by contacting Oklahoma State University Archives by email at or by phone at 405-744-6311.

Finding aid © 2019 Board of Regents for the Oklahoma Agricultural and Mechanical Colleges. All rights reserved.

Biographical Sketch

Robert Dale Norris created this collection as a full-time rare book dealer after a career in law. Norris, an Arkansas native, attended high school in Ponca City, OK, graduated with a history degree from Westminster College, PA, a law degree from University of Missouri and a master’s degree from New York University Law School. He served two years as an Army infantry officer and in the Judge Advocate General’s office. He also served during the Vietnam War. Norris retired in 1982 with the rank of major from the Army Reserve. Following his retirement from military service, he continued to act as historian for the Oklahoma Army Reserves. Norris wrote a report for the Oklahoma Commission to Study the Tulsa Race Riot of 1921 focusing on the actions of the Oklahoma National Guard.


49.63 Linear feet ((118 book boxes, 1 record storage box) )

Language of Materials



Arranged into 5 series.


For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the Library's online catalog or contact the Oklahoma State University Archives Reference staff.


Purchased from Harriet Meadows, 2006

Processing Information

Processed by Kay Bost, August 2006; January 2008
Black American Military Experience Collection Collection Number 2006-022
Kay Bost
August 2006
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Revision Statements

  • January 2008: finding aid revisiion description not supplied

Repository Details

Part of the Oklahoma State University Archives Repository

204 Edmon Low Library
Oklahoma State University
Stillwater 74078-1071 USA