Oklahoma Historical Society Museum and Library

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Wiley Post Historical Bldg. Library Center
2100 N. Lincoln Blvd.
Oklahoma City, OK 73105-4997

The society has a museum and a library with several major collections that do not circulate. It has federal census records, nearly 50,000 books including, but not limited to, the extensive collection of printed volumes belonging to the State Library of the Oklahoma Society of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR), the collection of the Oklahoma Genealogical Society, and other standard genealogical reference materials. It has the largest collection of newspapers in the state, Oklahoma state records, and land records. The strength of its printed collections, however, concerns the counties formed from Oklahoma Territory. It maintains a surname file, a good collection of family histories, marriage and cemetery records, military and pension records, and quarterlies from numerous organizations. The society has also produced several categorized guides to its invaluable collection. Some are listed in this chapter under specific topics such as newspapers and churches.

The Fred S. Bard Collection of genealogical material concerning pioneers and history is included in the library. See Oklahoma Historical Library, Guide to the Oklahoma Historical Library (Oklahoma City: Oklahoma Historical Society, 1993); and Oklahoma Historical Society. Oklahoma State, County, and Town Records (Oklahoma City: Oklahoma Historical Society, 2002). A brief online description is at www.ok-history.mus.ok.us/lib/staterec.htm.

The Archives and Manuscripts Division houses some records for the counties of Comanche, Greer, Johnston, Kiowa, Logan, Muskogee, Osage, Payne, Potawatomie, and Swanson. The Indian Archives section of the division maintains excellent resources for Native American research. The following list of microfilmed records is available:

Oklahoma Historical Society. Indian Archives Division. Catalog of Microfilm Holdings in the Archives & Manuscripts Division Oklahoma Historical Society, 1976'1989: Native American Tribal Records and Special Collections. Oklahoma City: Oklahoma Historical Society, 1989.