Oklahoma Archives and Libraries

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The following archives, libraries, and societies have collections or services helpful to Oklahoma genealogical researchers.

Oklahoma Department of Libraries
200 N.E. 18th Street
Oklahoma City, OK 73105-3298
Telephone: 405-521-2502, 800-522-8116
Fax: 405-525-7804
Internet: www.odl.state.ok.us

The Oklahoma Department of Libraries includes two areas of particular interest to genealogists: the Oklahoma Room and the State Archives Division. The Oklahoma Room houses printed materials, while the State Archives Division maintains Oklahoma government records and other historical documents.

National Archives—Southwest Region (Fort Worth)
501 West Felix Street, Building 1
Fort Worth, TX 76115-3405
Telephone: 817-831-5620
Fax: 817-551-2034
Internet: http://www.archives.gov/southwest/

National Archives—Central Plains Region (Kansas City)
400 West Pershing Road
Kansas City, MO 64108
Telephone: 816-268-8000
Internet: http://www.archives.gov/central-plains/

Oklahoma Genealogical Society
P.O. Box 12986
Oklahoma City, OK 73157
Internet: www.rootsweb.com/~okgs

Oklahoma Historical Society
800 Nazih Zudhi Drive
Oklahoma City, OK 73105
Telephone: 405-522-5225
Fax: 405-521-2492
Internet: www.okhistory.org/research

A guide to family histories at the society is:

Huffman, Mary, comp. Family History: A Bibliography of the Collection in the Oklahoma Historical Society. Oklahoma City, Oklahoma: The Society, 1992. (Family History Library book 976.6 A3hm.)

University of Oklahoma
Western History Collection
630 Parrington Oval, Room 452
Norman, OK 73019
Telephone: 405-325-3641
Fax: 405-325-2943
Internet: http://libraries.ou.edu

The following lists manuscripts in their collection: 

Southwell, Kristine L., comp. Guide to Manuscripts in the Western History
Collections of the University of Oklahoma. Norman, Oklahoma: University of Oklahoma Press, 2002. (Family History Library book 976.6 J53s.)

An important part of the Western History Collection is titled The Indian-Pioneer Papers which is a collection of interviews done during the Depression. Biographical information is given for Indians as well as persons of all ethnic groups. Those interviewed may have been residents of either the Oklahoma Territory or the Indian Territory.  There are about 80,000 entries in 112 volumes in the collection with free online access to both an index and the digitized transcripts of the interviews. Read the biographies and other topics found in the Indian-Pioneer Papers.

Thomas Gilcrease Institute of American History and Art
1400 North Gilcrease Museum Road
Tulsa, OK 74127-2100
Telephone: 918-596-2700
Fax: 918-596-2700
Internet: www.gilcrease.org

Museum of the Great Plains
601 Ferris
Lawton, OK 73507
Telephone: 580-581-3460
Fax: 580-581-3458
Internet: www.museumgreatplains.org

A useful guide to Oklahoma records is:

Koplowitz, Bradford. Guide to the Historical Records of Oklahoma. Bowie, Maryland: Heritage Books, 1997. (Family History Library book 976.6 A3kb 1997.)  It contains a survey of records kept in counties and cities through 1920.

To learn more about the history and record-keeping systems of Oklahoma counties, use the eleven inventories of county archives published by the

Historical Records Survey around 1940. The Family History Library has inventories for: Atoka, Beckham, Cherokee, Cimarron, Haskell, Lincoln, McIntosh, Mayes, Muskogee, Pittsburg, and Pushmataha counties.