Every year, my friends and I enjoy going to the Texas / OU football game held at Cotton Bowl stadium in Fair Park during the State Fair of Texas. Do you have any information about the historic rivalry?

Texas vs. OklahomaThe football feud between the University of Texas Longhorns and the Oklahoma University Sooners – known as the Red River Rivalry – has existed for over a century, first starting in 1900. The rivalry is well documented and the Texas/Dallas History Division has quite a lot of materials pertaining to the subject. A library catalog search using the terms Texas Oklahoma football will yield good results. Books such as Runnin’ with the Big Dogs: The True, Unvarnished Story of the Texas-Oklahoma Football Wars and Oklahoma vs. Texas: When Football Becomes War, 1900-1980 give an in-depth look at the historic gridiron showdown. Log in to the library’s catalog with your library card and password to search for newspaper articles in the Dallas Morning News Archives database by searching for Red River rivalry or Texas Oklahoma football in order to get a contemporary account of the matches. Historic game programs, souvenir booklets, and cartoon sketches provide a unique perspective on the rivalry.

Some collections that contain Texas – OU materials:           Longhorns Official Program

Charlie B. Maxvill Collection

Ephemera Collection

Bob Taylor Cartoon Collection

Herc Ficklen Cartoon Collection

Bill McClanahan Cartoon Collection

Vertical files – “Sports – Football – Texas / OU Weekend”

No matter which side of the Red River your loyalties fall, the Texas/Dallas History Division has plenty of material to keep you engaged, amused or downright entertained!

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