It is the priority of OKPOP to collect and preserve the cultural assets of Oklahoma, focusing on the sooner state’s contribution to popular culture. Permanent collections will consist of artifacts, archival materials, film and video, and recorded interviews. These collections will reflect Oklahoma’s influence both nationally and internationally.

The Oklahoma Historical Society has announced several major donations to OKPOP. One example is the Bob Wills Collection acquired from the Bob Wills Family, consists of more than 350 photographs, hundreds of letters, documents, and promotional pieces, and numerous objects including fiddles, clothing, awards, personal items, along with a humidor of Wills’ trademark cigars. The Bob Wills Heritage Foundation is also donating a rare and unique collection of WWII-era glass recordings and reel-to-reel tapes of Bob Wills live performances.

The collections will preserve this valuable history and create a resource for future exhibits, research projects, and partnerships sharing the mission of preservation and interpretation.

If you have items that you think would be best preserved and featured at OKPOP, please contact:

Jeff Moore

OKPOP has received collections for the following Oklahoma creatives:

  • The All-American Rejects, Stillwater
  • Tommy Allsup, Owasso
  • Ida B, Oklahoma City
  • Jack and Carole Bender, Tulsa
  • Chuck Blackwell, Tulsa
  • Miss Blues, Oklahoma City
  • Haskell Boggs, Oklahoma City
  • Garth Brooks, Yukon
  • Don Byas, Muskogee
  • JJ Cale, Tulsa
  • Jerry Cantrell, Atoka
  • The Chainsaw Kittens, Norman
  • Kristin Chenoweth, Broken Arrow
  • Roy Clark, Tulsa
  • Joan Crawford, Lawton
  • “The Daughter of Dawn”, Wichita Mountains
  • Jesse Ed Davis, Norman
  • Debris, Chickasha
  • Ernie Fields, Tulsa
  • Don Flowers, Custer City
  • The Gap Band, Tulsa
  • James Garner, Norman
  • David Gates, Tulsa
  • Vince Gill, Oklahoma City
  • Gary Gilmore, Tulsa
  • Chester Gould, Pawnee
  • Jim Halsey, Tulsa
  • Ned Hockman, Norman
  • Bill Howard (Pokey), Oklahoma City
  • Ron Howard, Duncan
  • John Humphries, Edmond
  • Wanda Jackson, Maud
  • Jimmy Karstein, Tulsa
  • Jim Keltner, Tulsa
  • The Kings of Leon, Oklahoma City
  • Robert Knott, Oklahoma City
  • KOMA, Oklahoma City
  • KOTV, Tulsa
  • KWTV, Oklahoma City
  • Steve LaPorte, Oklahoma City
  • Rex Linn, Oklahoma City
  • The Flaming Lips, Oklahoma City
  • Carol Littleton, Miami
  • Jimmy “Junior” Markham, Tulsa
  • Moon Martin, Altus
  • Reba McEntire, Atoka
  • Tom Mix, Dewey
  • Matthew Mungle, Atoka
  • Clarence Nash, Watonga
  • The Nixons, Norman
  • Cathy O’Donnell, Oklahoma City
  • Jamie Oldaker, Tulsa
  • Patti Page, Claremore
  • Mary Kay Place, Tulsa
  • Steve Powell (Foreman Scotty), Oklahoma City
  • Carl Radle, Tulsa
  • The Red Dirt Rangers, Stillwater
  • Steve Ripley, Pawnee
  • Will Rogers, Oologah
  • Leon Russell, Lawton
  • Dick Sims, Tulsa
  • Stanley Family Players, Oklahoma City
  • Wes Studi, Nofire Hollow
  • Carrie Underwood, Checotah
  • Michael Vance, Tulsa
  • Jimmy Wakely, Battieste
  • Don Wallace, Tulsa/Oklahoma City
  • Speedy West, Broken Arrow
  • Danny Williams, Oklahoma City
  • Bob Wills, Tulsa
  • Johnnie Lee Wills, Tulsa
  • WKY, Oklahoma City
  • Alfre Woodard, Tulsa
  • John Wooley, Tulsa
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