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OLA 2014

Buried Treasures

Date: Tuesday, April 1
Time: 2:45 p.m.
Sponsor: University & College Division (UCD)

Presentations will focus on interesting special collections and archival materials from the Woody Guthrie Center, the Philbrook Museum of Art, and Oklahoma State University at Tulsa.

Kate BlalackKate Blalack, Archivist, Woody Guthrie Center

Kate L. Blalack, MLIS, CA, came to work at the Woody Guthrie Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma, as the archivist on July 1st, 2013.  She currently works as a “lone arranger” managing the archives and serving as the exhibit preparer. Prior to this she worked as a Visiting Assistant Professor and Librarian for Oklahoma State University in Stillwater, Oklahoma. With a strong background in archives, visual arts, and librarianship, Kate is excited to present to you a little taste of what the collection includes  at the Woody Guthrie Center, a little known wonder of the world!

Beth FreemanBeth Freeman, Director, Oklahoma State University Libraries, Tulsa

Beth Anne Freeman is the Director for both Oklahoma State University Libraries in Tulsa, Oklahoma and the OSU Center for Health Sciences Campus and the OSU-Tulsa Campus. She received her MLS from the University of Oklahoma.  She worked for the University of Tulsa McFarlin Library in cataloging and public services for 14 years before becoming the Library Director for the University Center at Tulsa, which became OSU-Tulsa.

Thomas Young, Librarian/Asst. Registrar, Philbrook Museum of Art

Born in Fort Worth, Texas I grew up in Stillwater, Oklahoma, where I attended Oklahoma State University earning a B.A. in History in 1972, subsequently receiving a M.L.S. from the University of Oklahoma in 1976.  During graduate school I worked as a student preparator at the Stovall Museum of Science and History.  This was followed by a stint as Librarian Assistant with the Science & Public Policy Program at the University of Oklahoma.  Then in 1978 I began working in my current position as Librarian/Assistant Registrar at the Philbrook Museum of Art.  Working as a solo librarian, I also had responsibilities related to the permanent collection and archives.  Since 1990 I have organized over 25 exhibitions related to works on paper and artist’s books, as well as over 10 archive exhibitions based on the history of the museum and its collections.  Publications include an article co-authored with Marilyn Russell: “Selected Resources on Native American Art,” Art Libraries Journal (2008), as well as two exhibition catalogs: Documentary Paintings from the Collection of Standard Oil Co. (New Jersey) at the Philbrook of Art, (1996) and Edward Buehler Delk Architect (1993).  In relationship to professional organizations I have been active in the Art Libraries Society of North America (ARLIS/NA) (1979-present) serving on several committees and as Program Chair for the 1991 annual conference; ARLIS/NA-Central Plains Chapter (1983-present) serving on various board positions and committees, and on the board of the Tulsa Area Library Cooperative.

Christina Burke, Curator of Native American and Non-Western Art, Philbrook Museum of Art, Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Christina is a cultural anthropologist with degrees from the University of Rochester (NY) and Indiana University whose research focuses on Native North America, particularly art and material culture of the past and present. Since 1988 she has worked on a variety of collaborative endeavors with American Indian people, including collections research and exhibitions, as well as the development of Native language curriculum materials. Much of her work focuses on Indian history from Indian perspectives, particularly how Native people record and remember important events in oral, pictographic, and textual traditions. She also works with Native artists, exploring creative traditions and their contemporary expressions. Christina has served on the Board of the Native American Art Studies Association (NAASA), juried many shows of Native art, and contributed to a number of exhibitions, including the Changing Hands: Art without Reservation series, and the award-winning online exhibition “Lakota Winter Counts” ( Her publications include articles and essays on historical and contemporary Native art, as well as contributions to the edited volumes The Year the Stars Fell: Lakota Winter Counts at the Smithsonian (U. of Nebraska, 2007), The Eugene B. Adkins Collection: Selected Works (U. of Oklahoma, 2011), and The James T. Bialac Native American Art Collection: Selected Works (U. of Oklahoma, 2012).

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