Chief Wilma Mankiller Collection Endowment
Jill Holmes, an OSU alumna and librarian emerita, established the Chief Wilma P. Mankiller Collection in 1993 to recognize Chief Mankiller's contributions to the Cherokee Nation, to the state of Oklahoma and to all people. She says she had heard Chief Mankiller speak on a number of occasions at OSU and elsewhere and found her to be very educational and inspirational. In April of 1998, Ms. Holmes made a pledge of $10,000 to endow the collection.
She gives credit to OSU's Dr. Pete Coser, graduate student Stephen Hinds and Native American leaders Dana Tiger and Mary O'Brien for encouraging her to pursue her idea of honoring Chief Mankiller in a way that also enhances the OSU Libraries' Native American Collections. The focus of the collection includes areas in which Chief Mankiller has had a major role -tribal government and sovereignty, Native American women's issues, and Oklahoma Indian tribes. Since the collection's establishment, the Library has received annual contributions allowing the collection to grow to over 200 volumes.
Materials in the collection are identified with a customized bookplate, which is placed in each volume and an electronic bookplate attached to each book's record in the OSU Library Catalog. Donors contributing more than $50 to the fund will be able to have one or more bookplates personalized with their name to honor their gift.
The Chief Wilma P. Mankiller Collection is a significant and lasting tribute to Chief Mankiller and it will benefit OSU students and faculty for generations to come.
Some Local Resources:
See the text of Chief Mankiller's Henry G. Bennett Distinguished Service Award
View the items in the Chief Wilma P. Mankiller Collection
View items held in the OSU Libraries about Chief Wilma P. Mankiller
For information on the H. Louise & H.E. "Ed" Cobb Speaker Series presented by the Friends of the OSU Library, contact Debbie Clemons at firstname.lastname@example.org or 405-744-7273.