The Archives and Manuscripts Division consists of five departments within its structure. First and foremost is the Indian Archives. Created in 1934, the collection contains 3.5 million documents pertaining to 67 tribes who were indigenous to Oklahoma or were forcibly removed west of the Mississippi River and resettled within the borders of the state during the l9th Century. Of these records, the Five Civilized Tribes are most prominent.

The Photographic Archives contains some 630,000 black and white or color images from 1846 to the present. Subjects include Native Americans; the old west; land openings which settled the territory; depression era; and contemporary images of the state and her people.

The Oral History collection had its beginnings in 1965 with the creation of the Living Legends series. Since that time, the collection has grown to over 6,000 audio as well as 3,000 video interviews. Persons from all walks of life have related their experiences for future generations to research.

The Newspaper Department was founded in 1893. The members of the Territorial Press Association were instrumental in the development of the Historical Society. Their foresight in determining that local news was important to retain as a historical record is why the Society has one of the most complete collections of newspapers in the United States. In 1957, the Society began to microfilm the collection. Consequently, the collection contains 30,000 reels of film from 1844 to the present.

The Manuscript section of the Archives was developed in 1982. It contains some 1,500 cubic feet of records such as diaries, journals, business records, organization records, private papers of individuals influential in Oklahoma history.


Explorers -
Among the collections will be the A.W. Whipple Journals surveying for a southern rail route. Also, Capt. Randolph Marcy survey. The Dragoon expedition of 1834.

Mapping -
Besides what is mentioned above, the collection has maps of the region, Indian and Oklahoma territories and the state.

Indians -
Five Civilized - Official records generated by the Cherokee, Chickasaw, Choctaw, Creek and Seminole tribes from 1858-1906.

Indians -
Plains & Woodlands - Agency records from 1865 - 1933.

Land Openings -
1889 - 1895, 1901
Records of who settled in Oklahoma Territory with some oral interviews found in the WPA Pioneer Papers.

Constitutional Convention - 1906
Records of the daily activities of the delegates in forming Oklahoma government.

Statehood - 1907
Oral history as well as newspaper accounts of the events leading to statehood.

Oil Boom -
Mostly photographic in nature, there will be some oral
interviews and motion picture film of the development of these industries.

Depression -
1929-1941 records of the Federal Writers Project, Works Progress Administration, Civilian Conservation Corps. with photographs and some oral histories of the period.

Industry -
Various developing industries in the state such as timber, banking, agriculture, mining and aviation.

Oklahoma Politics -
A wealth of data relating to the political arena from local, state, national officials to scandals.

The Archives is open Monday through Saturday 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The Archives does close for lunch on Saturday's from
12:00 to 1:00 pm. The mailing address is
Oklahoma Historical Society
2100 North Lincoln Blvd.
Oklahoma City, OK 73105
Telephone is (405) 522-5209 Fax (405) 521-2492

Library Resources Division

You're tapping on your computer and what do you see ... an ad. on the INTERNET for the Historical Society. For history, genealogy, and your family tree, come on down to the OHS Library it's the place to be. Don't be afraid to drop us a line, cause we'd sure hate for you to be left behind.

The Research Library houses more than 65,000 titles including numerous works on Oklahoma, Western, and Native American history. Our extensive federal census collection covers all states from 1790 to 1900, and Arkansas, Illinois, Kansas, Missouri, Tennessee and Texas for 1910. The Oklahoma schedules range from 1890 through 1920. We also have the Oklahoma Confederate Pension Applications, and the Oklahoma Federal Land Tract records available on microfilm.


Hours of Operations are: Monday, 9:00 am to 8:00 pm; Tuesday thru Saturday, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm

For a biographical research form and fee schedule.
For a brochure please contact Edward C. Shoemaker at the
Oklahoma Historical Society, Library Resources Division,
2100 North Lincoln Blvd.
Oklahoma City, OK 73105
or call
(405) 522-5221.


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