Payne County Council of Defense World War I

The Council of Defense was established in May of 1917, to increase patriotism and to support the war effort. The organization had a wide range of tasks, including publicity, conservation of food and fuel, military preparedness, and the promotion of Liberty Bonds, war savings stamps, and Red Cross campaigns. The Payne County council was headed by C. L. Burdick and John L. Bishop, who directed a war-bond sales campaign.

In 2009, The Payne County Historical Society gifted the Stillwater History Museum with a series of documents and correspondence from the Payne County Council of Defense.  These documents have been digitized and select documents are available at

Guide to Payne County History Online

Digital history resources for Payne County can be found in several online collections.


The Stillwater History Museum and Stillwater Public Library have collections on the Oklahoma Department of Libraries’ website, Images of Oklahoma.

Stillwater History Museum at the Sheerar, Stillwater, Oklahoma

            Associated collections  —Stillwater Chamber of Commerce

                                                –Stillwater Safety Council

Stillwater Public Library, Stillwater, Oklahoma

            Associated collections  —United Spanish War Veterans and Auxiliary

                                                —Stillwater High School Yearbooks

                                                –Stillwater Woman’s Club

                                                –Stillwater City Directories

Other valuable resources can be found using the Oklahoma State University Digital Collections

There are seventy online collections!

Need maps of Payne County, look no further than OSU’s

Oklahoma Digital Maps Collections  The Oklahoma Digital Maps Collection contains over 9,200 images from the period 1803-1925. Searching Payne County there are 484 items, including plat survey maps from Indian Territory.


Gateway to Oklahoma History Collections by the Oklahoma Historical Society and partners yield 119,463 results searching Payne County; including area newspapers. For the Payne County newspapers.


Collections from Payne County are added to the Digital Public Library of America through various partnerships. In Oklahoma, our group is called “OKHub”, for holdings click


We hope these resources help you to explore the online content available about Payne County, Oklahoma. New content is added regularly by local institutions and state entities, so check back often!