Concerned that the history of the migration of 350,000 "Okies" to California would be lost, Gerald Haslam, Professor of English,
established the Okie Studies Project. Included are examples of the work of Charles L. Todd, a librarian in the U.S. National
Archives, who collected camp songs to add to the folk music collection of the National Archives. The name of the collection
was changed to the Dust Bowl Migration Archive in January, 2008. A subset of the collection was added in 2016 with the donation
of the David Kinkead materials, donated by Kinkead’s daughter, B.J. Blanchard. These materials include correspondence, newspaper
clippings, government documents, and a personal journal.