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Lynn Riggs papers

Identifier: 1971-004

Scope and Contents

This is an artificial collection bringing together several specific acquisitions of Riggs related materials, with each series denoting a separate accession. In this collection appear correspondence between Riggs, Noel Kaho, Oscar Hammerstein, Oklahoma Governor Raymond Gary, and others. Also included are drafts of a poem, Antique Evening, and plays such as A World Elsewhere. There is also much about Oklahoma! including Riggs' notes for Green Grow the Lilacs, photographs, clippings, and a guest list for the New York premier of the film-musical Oklahoma! and photographs of the University of Tulsa Theatre Department's production of Green Grow the Lilacs. There are also four scrapbooks that were Riggs’ personal property.


  • Creation: 1927 - 2002



These materials are in English.


This material is open for research use by any registered reader.

Use and Copyright

This material is owned by the University of Tulsa, McFarlin Library, Department of Special Collections. Unpublished manuscripts are under copyright. Therefore, permission to publish, quote, or reproduce must be secured from both the repository and the copyright holder.

Biographical / Historical

Rollie Lynn Riggs was an American author, poet and playwright. He was born on August 31, 1899, on a farm near Claremore, Oklahoma. His mother was 1/8 Cherokee, and when he was two years old, his mother secured his Cherokee allotment for him. Riggs wrote 21 full-length plays, several short stories, poems, and a television script. He is most noted for "Green Grow The Lilacs," which was adapted into the landmark musical "Oklahoma!" in 1943. He died on June 30, 1954.


15 Linear Feet (13 document boxes)

Physical Location

Collection shelved on 3rd floor.

Immediate Source of Acquisition


Related Materials

There is a collection of Lynn Riggs papers at the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library (


Lynn Riggs papers
Milissa Burkart
2003 March
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Repository Details

Part of the The University of Tulsa, McFarlin Library, Department of Special Collections & University Archives Repository

McFarlin Library
University of Tulsa
2933 E. 6th St
Tulsa 74104-3123 USA
(918) 631-2496