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Angie Debo Papers

Identifier: 1988-013

Scope and Contents

Collection consists of research material, including manuscripts of publications and presentations by Debo and related legal papers, correspondence, notes, etc. Unpublished manuscripts include some by Debo as well as Grant Foreman’s The American Indian and the Law and World War II correspondence. It also contains personal and business correspondence, and memorabilia, diaries, articles, newspaper clippings, awards, books, maps and photographs dealing with Debo’s writings and personal life. In addition ,there is some furniture from her home.


  • 1890 - 1987


Conditions Governing Access

There are access restrictions for the collection. Much of the collection has been microfilmed for preservation purposes. The microfilm is non-circulating and is available in the library’s Microform and Media Room without prior arrangements. Most books from her library are in the Angie Debo Room in Special Collections & University Archives. The files of her papers and some books are in the library’s storage facility; researchers needing to use them should make prior arrangements. Use of fragile newsprint is limited to working on responses to questions which cannot be answered using the microfilm.

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.

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Biographical Sketch

Debo was born in Beattie, KS, in 1890, moved to Marshall, Oklahoma Territory, with her family in 1899, taught in rural schools at age 16, graduated from Marshall High School in 1913 and from the University of Oklahoma (OU) in 1918 with a degree in history. She taught history at Enid High School for four years, received a master’s degree from the University of Chicago in 1924, taught at West Texas State Teachers College from 1924-1933, received a doctorate from OU in 1933, served as curator of the Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum, Canyon, TX, 1933-1934. In subsequent years she was primarily a researcher and writer of books on the Five Civilized Tribes, Geronimo, and the history of Native Americans and of Oklahoma. She also was a teacher, pastor, and director of the Federal Writers Project in Oklahoma. From 1947-1955 she was curator of maps at Oklahoma A&M College. After retirement in 1955 she wrote, lectured, traveled, researched family histories, served on the boards of directors of the Oklahoma Chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union and the Association on American Indian Affairs, made surveys for the Indian Rights Association, and lobbied for land rights for Indians in Alaska and for water rights for the Havasupai and Pima in Arizona. She authored nine books, edited three, co-authored another, wrote many chapters, articles, and forewords, and presented numerous papers on Native Americans and Oklahoma history.


92.25 Linear feet (59 records cartons, 3 document boxes, 13 oversized boxes, 10 map folders [all in storage]; 85 reels of microfilm [in the Microform and Media Room]; 593 books and furniture [in the Angie Debo Room])

Language of Materials



Arranged into 18 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.

Location of materials formerly in the Angie Debo Room

All framed materials listed as on display in the Angie Debo Room are no longer on display there. They can be found in the Framed Memorabilia series in this collection.

Related Archival Materials

The following collections contain correspondence, photographs or research materials related Angie Debo: 1986-33 Debo, Angie Correspondence; 1992-008 Debo-Brown interview, 1999-215 OSU Library. Angie Debo Records, correspondence; 1995-018 Debo, Angie, Correspondence with Mrs. Terry Allen.; 1996-070 Debo, Angie: The First Lady of Oklahoma History by Amy Hoyle; 1999-044 Institute for Research in History. Records for documentary: Indians, Outlaws, and Angie Debo; 1999-117 Angie Debo: Pioneering Historian – manuscript by Dr. Shirley A. Leckie; 1999-123 Angie Debo material; 1999-124 Raymond Bryson Interview; 2003-016 Audio visual reel and tapes from the Angie Debo Collection; 2003-017 The Cowman's Southwest; 2003-080 Angie Debo's 105th Birthday Videocassette A panel with Danney Goble, Henry Bellmon, Conie Connelly and Kenny Brown about Angie Debo's 105th birthday. Filmed at Edmon Low Library Jan. 30, 1995; 2004-135 DVD and Video tapes of Angie Debo, Oct. 1, 2, 20; 2006-016 Gloria Valencia-Webber Papers; 2008-036 Correspondence from Angie Debo to Velma Payne.

The following related collections are housed as noted: 1994-023 Debo, Angie and Edward Everett Dale correspondence, Photocopies of originals in the Edward Everett Dale Papers at the University of Oklahoma's Western History Collections; 1994-038 Debo, Angie and Carolyn and Grant Foreman—correspondence. Photocopies of originals in the Archives and Manuscripts Division of the Oklahoma Historical Society. Provided by Carol Ann Squires, Edmond.Rodney Huffer Collection, Collection Number 2017-039. Debo Home Ephemera, Collection Number 2017-047.

Processing Information

Processed by: Heather M. Lloyd, assisted by David M. Moore, 1996

Updated by: Kay Bost, January 2010; Sarah Coates, May 2014


Angie Debo Papers Collection Number 1988-013
Heather M. Lloyd, assisted by David M. Moore
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Repository Details

Part of the Oklahoma State University Archives Repository

204 Edmon Low Library
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