Lake Thunderbird Local Digital History Lab

This collection features archival materials related to the creation of Lake Thunderbird near the city of Norman, Oklahoma. It includes materials made available by the Carl Albert Center Congressional and Political Collections, the Western History Collection of the University of Oklahoma Libraries, the Moore-Lindsay Historical House Museum, and donated by members of the public.

Dams: Norman (Little River)

Dams: Norman (Little River)

Carl Albert, 1908-2000

Contains correspondence and newspaper clippings regarding the passage of the Little River Project bill.

Interior and Insular Affairs-Little River (Norman) Project

Interior and Insular Affairs-Little River (Norman) Project

Carl Albert, 1908-2000

Contains correspondence related to the passage of the Little River project bill.

Interior and Insular Affairs-Little River (Norman) Project (H. R. 7060/S. 1892)

Interior and Insular Affairs-Little River (Norman) Project (H. R. 7060/S. 1892)

Carl Albert, 1908-2000

Contains various materials, including correspondence, a copy of Albert's remarks, Dear Colleague letters, and a legislative report, related to the passage of the Little River/Norman project bill.

Arkansas River Basin: Little River/Thunderbird

Arkansas River Basin: Little River/Thunderbird

Page Belcher, 1889-1980

Contains correspondence related to the passage of the Little River project bill.

Arkansas River Basin: Little River/Thunderbird

Arkansas River Basin: Little River/Thunderbird

Page Belcher, 1889-1980

Contains a copy of the economic feasibility report of the Little River Project prepared by C. H. Guernsey and Co. Consulting Engineers.

Arkansas River Basin: Little River/Thunderbird

Arkansas River Basin: Little River/Thunderbird

Page Belcher, 1889-1980

Contains a copy of the report the Department of the Interior delivered to Congress related to the Little River Project.

Arkansas River Basin: Little River/Thunderbird

Arkansas River Basin: Little River/Thunderbird

Page Belcher, 1889-1980

Contains a copy of the congressional hearings on H.R. 7060 and S. 1892 and correspondence related to the potential for hydro-electric power development.

Item 817

Item 817

John N. "Happy" Camp 1908-1987

View of the Little River marina adjacent to old State Highway 9 on Lake Thunderbird, Norman, Oklahoma. Bureau of Reclamation photo. H.L. Personius, photographer.

Public Works, Comments Favoring Projects or Programs

Public Works, Comments Favoring Projects or Programs

Fred R. Harris, 1930-

Topics include flood control in Oklahoma, Lake Thunderbird in Oklahoma, and the Tenkiller Reservoir in Oklahoma. Correspondents include Cherokee Nation Area Development Association.

Federal Government, Corps of Engineers, R-Z

Federal Government, Corps of Engineers, R-Z

Fred R. Harris, 1930-

Topics include animal welfare, flood control in Jackson County, Oklahoma, rural land use in Canton, Oklahoma, government policy on parks, soil erosion in Oklahoma, Arcadia Lake in Oklahoma, Arkansas River, Eufaula Lake in Oklahoma, Kaw Lake in…

Conservation, Norman Project in Oklahoma

Conservation, Norman Project in Oklahoma

Robert S. Kerr, 1896-1963

Concerns the Norman Project on the Little River in Canadian Basin in Cleveland County, Oklahoma. Folder contains lengths report done in 1954 by U.S. Department of the Interior and prepared by Bureau of Reclamation on plan of development for the…

Arkansas River Basin, Little River Project

Arkansas River Basin, Little River Project

Robert S. Kerr, 1896-1963

Contains: Report on Little River Hearing Before Board of Engineers for Rivers and Harbors

Arkansas River Basin, Little River Project

Arkansas River Basin, Little River Project

Robert S. Kerr, 1896-1963

Contains: Press Release, Bureau of Reclamation, Reclamation Reports on Norman Project

Arkansas River Basin, Little River Project

Arkansas River Basin, Little River Project

Robert S. Kerr, 1896-1963

Contains correspondence regarding the Little River Project.

Arkansas River Basin, Little River Project

Arkansas River Basin, Little River Project

Robert S. Kerr, 1896-1963

Contains correspondence regarding the Little River Project and materials related to the Norman Project, Oklahoma: Hearing Before the Subcommittee on Irrigation and Reclamation. Correspondents include John Jarman, George Lynn Cross, Clinton P.…

Arkansas River Basin, Little River Project

Arkansas River Basin, Little River Project

Robert S. Kerr, 1896-1963

Contains correspondence regarding the Little River Project and the Statement of the Central Oklahoma Water Users Association Presented to the United States Senate Subcommittee on Public Works.

Interior, Bureau of Reclamation

Interior, Bureau of Reclamation

Robert S. Kerr, 1896-1963

Oklahoma City water supply, including consideration of Tenkiller Reservoir and Union Reservoir as possible sources; municipal water supply for Ravia; settlement on Columbia Basin Project in Washington; Bureau investigation in Oklahoma; possibility of…

Public Relations, Press Releases

Public Relations, Press Releases

Robert S. Kerr, 1896-1963

Announcement of the Norman Project's approval.

Lake Thunderbird

Lake Thunderbird

Tom Steed Collection

Contains correspondence and a press release related to the completion of the Norman Project, concerns about leasing sites at the completed reservoir, and the potential impact of state-owned businesses on privately owned businesses.

Lake Thunderbird

Lake Thunderbird

Tom Steed Collection

Contains newspaper clippings and correspondence related to various issues with Lake Thunderbird, including water rights.

Lake Thunderbird

Lake Thunderbird

Tom Steed Collection

Contains a newspaper clipping related to water runoff into Lake Thunderbird and a letter regarding H.R. 10198 and the return of land by Lake Thunderbird to the Absentee Shawnee tribe.

Lake Thunderbird

Lake Thunderbird

Tom Steed Collection

Contains a newspaper clipping related to environmental damage surrounding Lake Thunderbird.

Norman Project

Norman Project

Tom Steed Collection

Contains a copy of a reappraisal of the Norman Project done by the C.H. Guernsey and Company Consulting Engineers, correspondence related to the passage of the bill and the following development, press releases, maps, and copies of the hearings…

Norman Project

Norman Project

Tom Steed Collection

Contains correspondence and newspaper clippings concerning various issues related to the Norman Project, including the city of Tecumseh, land rights, and the relocation of the Absentee Shawnee.

Public Works: Norman Project

Public Works: Norman Project

Tom Steed Collection

Contains correspondence in favor of the Norman Project.

Interior and Insular Affairs: Norman Project

Interior and Insular Affairs: Norman Project

Tom Steed Collection

Topics include report on proposed Norman Dam Project. Correspondents include Bureau of Reclamation

U.S. Dept. of Interior, Plan of Development for Norman Project

U.S. Dept. of Interior, Plan of Development for Norman Project

Harold S. Cooksey, 1954-1970

Contains correspondence with the Department of the Interior and reports from the Army Corps of Engineers.

Little River Project Report for Norman

Little River Project Report for Norman

Harold S. Cooksey, 1954-1970

Contains report prepared for the Department of Commerce and Industry, State Planning Agency.

Fact sheet and talking points on the Norman Project

Fact sheet and talking points on the Norman Project

Harold S. Cooksey, 1954-1970

Contains fact sheets and correspondence regarding the Norman Project.

Correspondence and a thesis by William F. Wade on the Little River Reservoir

Correspondence and a thesis by William F. Wade on the Little River Reservoir

Harold S. Cooksey, 1954-1970

Contains program for the lake's dedication, correspondence regarding the ceremony, and a graduate thesis on the reservoir.

Clipping from Daily Oklahoman about the Norman Project and its affect on the Absentee Shawnee

Clipping from Daily Oklahoman about the Norman Project and its affect on the Absentee Shawnee

Carl Albert, 1908-2000

Contains an interview with the widow of Chief Little Jim.

Senator Robert S. Kerr with June Benson, mayor of Norman, and Oliver Benson

Senator Robert S. Kerr with June Benson, mayor of Norman, and Oliver Benson

Robert S. Kerr, 1896-1963

Senator Robert S. Kerr with June Benson, mayor of Norman, and Oliver Benson. They are holding the bill (H.R. 47) for the Norman water project which passed Senate and referred to House Interior Committee. Also shown is Senator Mike Monroney.

Lake Thunderbird Photographs

Lake Thunderbird Photographs

Contains lifestyle and aerial photographs of Little River State Park and Lake Thunderbird.

Norman Project

Norman Project

U.S. Department of the Interior

Contains a U.S. Department of the Interior publication regarding the Norman Project.

Norman Chamber of Commerce Clippings Scrapbook

Norman Chamber of Commerce Clippings Scrapbook

Norman Chamber of Commerce

This item consists of 120 clippings related to the creation of Lake Thunderbird. These materials were collected by the Norman Chamber of Commerce in a larger scrap book of clippings. The materials scanned for this project cover efforts to fund and…

Blanchard, Clifton

Blanchard, Clifton

Doris Duke

Notes from an interview with Clifton Blanchard about the Absentee Shawnee. The interview includes Blanchard's experience with the creation of Lake Thunderbird. Audio of the interview is available onsite at the Western History Collection.

Poafpybitty, Mary Neido

Poafpybitty, Mary Neido

Doris Duke

Transcript of an oral history interview with Mary Neido Poafpybitty and Thomas Bentley about the history of the Shawnee. The interview discusses how Native Americans are required to sell land and how this influenced the creation of Lake…

Jim, Webb Little

Jim, Webb Little

Doris Duke

Transcript of an oral history interview with Chief Little Jim's son. The interview discusses the history of the Absentee Shawnee including the loss of their land for the creation of Lake Thunderbird. Audio of the interview is available onsite at…

Shawnee Indian History Class and History of the Absentee Shawnees

Shawnee Indian History Class and History of the Absentee Shawnees

Doris Duke

Materials prepared by Julia A. Jordan as part of a history class for Shawnee Indians sponsored by the Little Axe Multi-Purpose Center of the Community Action Program. The materials discuss the importance of understanding the differences in oral…

Park Digital

Park Digital

John Nelson

Contains pictures of various events, activities, and scenes around Lake Thunderbird including the Spring Fling, cookouts, fishing tournaments, and construction of the Nature Center. There are also photos of extremely low lake levels, camping and…

Park Easter Event

Park Easter Event

John Nelson

Contains pictures of families participating in an Easter event and egg hunt hosted at the park.

Park Halloween Event

Park Halloween Event

John Nelson

Contains pictures of families participating in a Halloween event at the park. Some photos are dated 2010 but all of the pictures may not be from 2010.

Park Neg Scanned

Park Neg Scanned

John Nelson

Contains pictures of various events and activities at the lake including holiday celebrations for Easter, Halloween, and Christmas. Many of the pictures are taken at an unidentified historical festival. There are also photos of the old Nature Center…

Park Neg Scanned

Park Neg Scanned

John Nelson

Contains pictures of various events and activities at the lake including holiday celebrations for Easter, Halloween, and Christmas. Many of the pictures are taken at an unidentified historical festival. There are also photos of the old Nature Center…

Park Neg Scanned

Park Neg Scanned

John Nelson

Contains pictures of various events and activities at the lake including holiday celebrations for Easter, Halloween, and Christmas. Many of the pictures are taken at an unidentified historical festival. There are also photos of the old Nature Center…

Park Neg Scanned

Park Neg Scanned

John Nelson

Contains 111 photos of various events and activities at the lake including holiday celebrations for Easter, Halloween, and Christmas. Many of the pictures are taken at an unidentified historical festival. There are also photos of the old Nature…

Park Pic Scanned

Park Pic Scanned

John Nelson

Contains 98 photos that capture various aspects of life at the lake including celebrations and picnics. Some of the photos include Native Americans in tribal dress. There are also photos of various construction projects at the lake including road…

Park Pic Scanned

Park Pic Scanned

John Nelson

Contains 102 photos that capture various aspects of life at the lake including celebrations and picnics. Some of the photos include Native Americans in tribal dress. There are also photos of various construction projects at the lake including road…

Park Pic Scanned

Park Pic Scanned

John Nelson

Contains 94 photos that capture various aspects of life at the lake including celebrations and picnics. Some of the photos include Native Americans in tribal dress. There are also photos of various construction projects at the lake including road…

Park Pic Scanned

Park Pic Scanned

John Nelson

Contains 111 photos that capture various aspects of life at the lake including celebrations and picnics. Some of the photos include Native Americans in tribal dress. There are also photos of various construction projects at the lake including road…

Park Pic Scanned

Park Pic Scanned

John Nelson

Contains 116 photos that capture various aspects of life at the lake including celebrations and picnics. Some of the photos include Native Americans in tribal dress. There are also photos of various construction projects at the lake including road…

Park Pic Scanned

Park Pic Scanned

John Nelson

Contains 99 photos that capture various aspects of life at the lake including celebrations and picnics. Some of the photos include Native Americans in tribal dress. There are also photos of various construction projects at the lake including road…

Park Pic Scanned

Park Pic Scanned

John Nelson

Contains 74 photos that capture various aspects of life at the lake including celebrations and picnics. Some of the photos include Native Americans in tribal dress. There are also photos of various construction projects at the lake including road…

Park Pic Scanned

Park Pic Scanned

John Nelson

Contains 85 photos that capture various aspects of life at the lake including celebrations and picnics. Some of the photos include Native Americans in tribal dress. There are also photos of various construction projects at the lake including road…

Park Tornado

Park Tornado

John Nelson

Contains photos documenting the damage done to the park by a tornado, possibly the May 19, 2013 EF4 tornado that struck Lake Thunderbird, Bethel Acres, and Shawnee, Oklahoma.

Work Pic

Work Pic

John Nelson

Contains pictures of various construction and maintenance projects at the lake.

Bathhouse

Bathhouse

John Nelson

Contains pictures of the construction of new bathroom facilities and the destruction of the old ones.

5/2/08

5/2/08

John Nelson

Contains pictures of new bathroom facilities.

Scrapbook Photographs

Scrapbook Photographs

Andy Rieger

Contains pictures from a scrapbook of individuals water skiing on Lake Thunderbird.

Photograph

Photograph

Andy Rieger

Photo of Charles Hooper (right) and Dr. Jim Artman with a string of fish caught in Lake Thunderbird. Hooper was a partner in the Little River Marina with Jack Black and Will Mattoon.

Central Oklahoma Master Conservancy District

Central Oklahoma Master Conservancy District

William Mattoon

Contains a document from the Central Oklahoma Master Conservancy District about a tour of Lake Thunderbird organized for the National Watershed Congress.

Photographs

Photographs

Anita Trotter

Contains pictures of Lake Thunderbird in the 1980s and 1990s. The pictures include lake activities like sailing, ice-skating, and flooding of the lake.

Dye Photo Album

Dye Photo Album

Diana and Delayne Dye

Contains a photo album with scenes from the farm of Clarence and Vada Dye on Little River.

Dye Family Photos and Little River

Dye Family Photos and Little River

Diana and Delayne Dye

Contains photographs of the Dye family, including family portraits, and the property they owned along Little River.

Dye Family Property

Dye Family Property

Diana and Delayne Dye

Contains documents and photos related to the Dye property along Little River.

Dye Family Photos

Dye Family Photos

Diana and Delayne Dye

Contains photographs of the Dye family, including family portraits, and the property they owned along Little River.

Interview with Tina Scott

Interview with Tina Scott

Tina Scott

Interview with Tina Scott about her experiences with Lake Thunderbird. Scott recounts playing on the dam during construction, camping trips at the lake with her family, and how Lake Thunderbird continues to be a part of her family's life. View the…

Interview with William Mattoon

Interview with William Mattoon

William Mattoon

Interview with William Mattoon about the naming of Lake Thunderbird. Mattoon recounts details about the contest for the naming of the lake, why Thunderbird was chosen, City Commission elections, and the annexation battle between Oklahoma City and…

Interview with Mary Louise Symcox

Interview with Mary Louise Symcox

Mary Louise Symcox

Interview with Mary Louise Symcox about the role of her father, Senator Josh Lee, in earlier water projects in Oklahoma. View the transcript

Interview with Diana and Delayne Dye

Interview with Diana and Delayne Dye

Diana and Delayne Dye

Interview with Diana and Delayne Dye about their family's farm on the banks of Little River. The Dyes recount memories of Little River, the relocation of their grandparents to Norman, the creation of Lake Thunderbird, and activities on the lake. View…

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