The large metropolitan centers of Oklahoma City and Tulsa have produced the widely read Daily Oklahoma (now The Oklahoman), the Tulsa World, and the Tulsa Tribune. Major printing establishments in Oklahoma City have included the Oklahoma Publishing Company, founded in 1903 by Edward K. Gaylord, Ray M. Dickinson, and Roy M. McClintock, the Journal Record Publishing Company in 1903, and the Harlow Publishing Company in 1915. The first issue of Tulsa World appeared on September 14, 1905. Since 1917 Eugene Lorton and the Lorton family have retained ownership of the Tulsa World. The Tulsa Democrat, the predecessor to the Tulsa Tribune, appeared on September 27, 1904.
In 1919 Oklahoma had 97 book and job printing firms, with an average of 505 wage earners, and 410 newspaper and periodical printers, with an average of 1,415 employees. In 1929 there were 216 plants. By 1947 Oklahoma's 374 printing and publishing companies employed 5,057. In 1957 they employed 6,055 and had an annual payroll of $23.4 million. In 1977 the state had 635 printing and publishing firms that employed approximately nine thousand. Ten years later the printing and publishing industry employed 10,707 and had an annual payroll of more than $201 million. In 1977 and 1987 Oklahoma had an estimated population of 2.9 million and 3.2 million, respectively. In 1988 the largest employers in the newspaper printing and publishing industry were the Oklahoma Publishing Company (Oklahoma City) and the Newspaper Printing Corporation (Tulsa), employing between 501 and 1,000. The Journal Record Publishing Company (Oklahoma City), the Tulsa Tribune Company, the Lawton Publishing Company, and the Enid Publishing Company employed between 101 and 250 individuals. The largest commercial printing firms, employing between 101 and 250, were Oberlin Color Press, Oklahoma Graphics, PennWell Printing Company (Tulsa), and Response Media, Incorporated. The three largest companies producing manifold business forms were Central States Business Forms, Moore Business Forms and Systems Division, and Ross-Martin Company. At that time Oral Roberts Evangelistic Association, Incorporated, was Oklahoma's largest periodical and book publishing firm, with an employment range from 501 to 1,000.
The Oklahoma Publishing Company Photography Collection features over 70,000 photographs spanning a period of over 100 years. The company is the parent company of the Oklahoman newspaper (formerly the Daily Oklahoman) as well as the Oklahoma Times and the Oklahoma Farmer-Stockman. The collection features a wide variety of photographs taken for stories in the newspapers.