About Jim Argo

Jim Argo began his career in photojournalism while a student at Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas. He worked for two Texas newspapers before moving to Oklahoma City. He began working for The Daily Oklahoman and its sister publication, the Oklahoma City Times, in 1963. He developed a passion for photographing Oklahoma's landscape and people, winning several local, national, and international awards for his photography and writing.

His freelance assignments have included major newsmagazines such as Business Week, Newsweek, Time, and National Geographic as well as several smaller publications. His corporate clients included AT&T, Lucent, and Southwestern Bell.

Argo was the photographer for Oklahoma Impressions, published in 2006, and Oklahoma City Impressions, published in 2007, and was a contributing photographer to the book Oklahoma Simply Beautiful. He has co-authored three books published by the Oklahoma Historical Society and was a major photographic contributor to 14 other books on Oklahoma. He was inducted into the Oklahoma Journalism Hall of Fame in 1997. Argo retired as The Oklahoman photo editor in 2003.

—biographical data drawn from Oklahoma Impressions biographical note

About the Collection

The Jim Argo Collection spans the years 1950 to 2008. Most of the 52,195 images in the collection come from color mounted slides, while some are born digital or scans of original prints that arrived on disk. The collection covers communities from all over Oklahoma, along with their events, scenery, buildings, art, businesses, industries, and people.



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Cite This Collection

Here is our suggested citation. Consult an appropriate style guide for conformance to specific guidelines.

Jim Argo Collection in The Gateway to Oklahoma History. Oklahoma Historical Society. https://gateway.okhistory.org/explore/collections/JAPC/ accessed August 4, 2020.


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Counties (expand list)

Oklahoma County, OK
15,668
Kay County, OK
2,261
McCurtain County, OK
1,760
Logan County, OK
1,599
Osage County, OK
1,566
Murray County, OK
1,520
Comanche County, OK
1,512
Cleveland County, OK
1,455
Rogers County, OK
1,353
Tulsa County, OK
1,278
Cherokee County, OK
1,193
Muskogee County, OK
992
Pawnee County, OK
924
Canadian County, OK
868
Cimarron County, OK
797
Le Flore County, OK
763
Coal County, OK
739
Woodward County, OK
723
Washington County, OK
715
Caddo County, OK
703
Okmulgee County, OK
667
Love County, OK
647
Major County, OK
587
Latimer County, OK
586
Kiowa County, OK
582
Bryan County, OK
576
Blaine County, OK
496
Custer County, OK
491
Sequoyah County, OK
400
Roger Mills County, OK
395
Pottawatomie County, OK
388
Seminole County, OK
386
Garfield County, OK
375
Choctaw County, OK
372
Pushmataha County, OK
342
Grady County, OK
329
Lincoln County, OK
309
Delaware County, OK
271
Payne County, OK
266
Jackson County, OK
261
Ellis County, OK
257
Alfalfa County, OK
240
Beckham County, OK
233
Kingfisher County, OK
233
Noble County, OK
209
Atoka County, OK
202
Adair County, OK
183
Marshall County, OK
178
Cherokee County, KS
173
McIntosh County, OK
169
Texas County, OK
154
Stephens County, OK
123
Wagoner County, OK
117
Pontotoc County, OK
114
Okfuskee County, OK
106
Creek County, OK
103
Pittsburg County, OK
100
Johnston County, OK
98
Beaver County, OK
97
Potter County, TX
93
Washita County, OK
92
Carter County, OK
82
Tillman County, OK
71
Bernalillo County, NM
67
Woods County, OK
65
Ottawa County, OK
50
Mayes County, OK
49
Dewey County, OK
39
Greer County, OK
38
Baca County, CO
37
Jasper County, MO
35
Grant County, OK
34
Cowley County, KS
20
Nowata County, OK
18
Garvin County, OK
14
Quay County, NM
13
Grayson County, TX
10
Benton County, AR
8
Los Angeles County, CA
8
Wheeler County, TX
7
Jefferson County, OK
5
Craig County, OK
2
Jackson County, MO
2