Genealogy: Oklahoma Library and society resource list

Oklahoma Library and society resource listBy Barry J. Ewell

As this article was being researched it became very clear that links to genealogy and historical societies, libraries, and archives are scattered throughout the web.  None of the resources are complete, yet all must reviewed to make sure you have not overlooked a possible source.  Many of the resources are compiled on lists of varying names while others are buried on page 50 of Google search. Rather than give you a few links and say “Go Fish” I chose to research and compile links to online state resources in the following categories:

  1. State-wide Resources
  2. University Archives and Collections
  3. Public Library and Community Resources and Archives
  4. Historical Society and Special Interest Resources and Archives
  5. Finding State Digital Resources and Collections
  6. Digital Library Collections
  7. Historical and Genealogical Society Online Web Pages

While I have sought to provide you a detailed compilation, I know that I have missed some resources.  If you don’t find you seek, I suggest you contact the library or society nearest your place of interest and see if they can help you locate resources that may not be not be online but can be contacted via other means.

**Important note about links:  The links that are presented below represent what was available during the research of this article.  If the link you seek is broken, simple copy the name of the library, society, archive, etc. and paste it into the Google search engine and you will be lead to the new link or copy and paste the name of institution in Google and find the URL.

State-wide Resources (4)

  1. Oklahoma Department of Libraries:  http://www.odl.state.ok.us/
  2. Oklahoma Genealogical Society:  http://www.rootsweb.com/~okgs/
  3. Oklahoma Historical Society:  http://www.ok-history.mus.ok.us/
  4. Oklahoma State Archives and Records Management:  http://www.odl.state.ok.us/oar/index.htm

University Archives and Collections (17)

  1. East Central University:   http://www.ecok.edu/academics/acad_resources/library/lib_geninfo/spec_col/spec_col.asp
  2. Northeastern State University. Special Collections:   http://library.nsuok.edu/Spc/index.html
  3. Northeastern State University. University Archives:   http://library.nsuok.edu/Archives/index.html
  4. Oklahoma Christian University:   http://www.oc.edu/library/collections.aspx#5.15
  5. Oklahoma City University:   http://www.okcu.edu/library/ar.asp
  6. Oral Roberts University. Archives:   http://www.oru.edu/university/library/archives.html
  7. Oral Roberts University. Holy Spirit Research Center:   http://www.oru.edu/university/library/holyspirit/index.html
  8. University of Central Oklahoma:   http://library.ucok.edu/archives/index.asp
  9. University of Oklahoma. Bass Business History Collection:   http://www-lib.ou.edu/info/index.asp?id=15
  10. University of Oklahoma. Bizzell Bible collection:   http://www-lib.ou.edu/info/index.asp?id=31
  11. University of Oklahoma. Carl Albert Center:   http://www.ou.edu/special/albertctr/archives/
  12. University of Oklahoma. History of Science Collections:   http://www-lib.ou.edu/info/index.asp?id=20
  13. University of Oklahoma. Law Library:   http://www.law.ou.edu/library/services.shtml#rare
  14. University of Oklahoma. Nichols Collection:   http://www-lib.ou.edu/info/index.asp?id=23
  15. University of Oklahoma. Political Communication Center:   http://www.ou.edu/pccenter/aboutthearchive.htm
  16. University of Oklahoma. Western History Collections:   http://www-lib.ou.edu/info/index.asp?id=22
  17. University of Tulsa:   http://www.lib.utulsa.edu/speccoll/

Public Library and Community Resources and Archives (6)

  1. Lawton–Lawton Public Library:   http://www.cityof.lawton.ok.us/library/genealogy.htm
  2. Tulsa–Tulsa City-County Library:   http://www.tulsalibrary.org/genealogy/
  3. Historical Society and Special Interest Resources and Archives (3)
  4. Cherokee National Museum:   http://www.powersource.com/heritage/museum.html
  5. East Central University:   http://www.ecok.edu/academics/acad_resources/library/lib_geninfo/spec_col/spec_col.asp
  6. Museum of the Great Plains:   http://www.museumgreatplains.org/research.htm

Finding State Digital Resources and Collections (1)

  1. Oklahoma Digital Prairie – your electronic library:  http://www.odl.state.ok.us/prairie/index.htm

This site provides access to several databases and catalogs. Databases include SIRS Discoverer, EBSCO Host, and R.R. Bowker Books in Print. Catalogs include ODL Catalog, Statewide Catalog, and FirstSearch / WorldCat.

Digital Library Collections (3)

  1. Oklahoma State University Library Digitization Center:    http://digital.library.okstate.edu/
  2. Digital Collections By Subject:    http://bcdlib.tc.ca/links-subjects.html
  3. Oklahoma Heritage Online:    http://www.okheritage.org/