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Bellmon's Legacy Lives On

Former governor's legacy preserved at OSU Library

October 7, 2009
Story by Marissa Chavez, OSU Library Communications Intern

For Immediate Release

STILLWATER -Former governor, senator and Oklahoma State University alumnus Henry Bellmon made a lasting impression in Oklahoma and at OSU. Now the OSU Library is ensuring his legacy is preserved.

“He was more than a Republican politician, governor, and U.S. senator,” said David Peters, coordinator of special collections. “He was an Oklahoma statesman.”

The Bellmon documents are one of many resources documenting his legacy.  This collection, of 600 record boxes, documents his two terms as Oklahoma governor, 1962-1966 and 1987-1991; his time in the United States Senate, 1968-1980; and four decades of personal and political activity.

“The Bellmon Papers were one of the first and most significant collections of political history the OSU Library received,” Peters said.  “It is a remarkable collection.”

Bellmon took a lot of heat for certain decisions that he made, such as his vote to ratify the Panama Canal Treaty and his work in passing the landmark education legislation in Oklahoma, Peters said.

The Library’s Oral History Department also highlighted Bellmon, as part of O-STATE Stories. President Hargis conducted two interviews with Bellmon before his death. The transcript of these interviews can be found at, www.library.okstate.edu/oralhistory.

Every Wednesday, the Oral History Department airs its “Then and Now” series on KOSU at 9:17 a.m. and 4:44 p.m. Over the next weeks, the series will feature segments of the Bellmon interview. Previous KOSU audio clips and transcripts are also available at the oral history website.

For more information on Bellmon’s collection, contact Special Collections, 405-744-6311.

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URL: http://www.library.okstate.edu/news/fall09/bellmon.htm
Last Updated: 10 March 2010