Archive for April, 2009

Record book of the Chickasaw Nation, 1837-1855

Tuesday, April 28th, 2009

By William D. Welge, Director of the Research Division

In the early 1980s the Indian Archives, now the Research Division, was allowed to copy from an original ledger book information relative to the Chickasaw Nation. The book was in the possession of an A.C. West from Texas. The book had been in his family for some years. What makes it so important is that it is the earliest recorded history of the Chickasaw people after their removal to Indian Territory in 1837. The 100 plus page journal was indexed in 1985 to assist researchers.

The volume will include, among other things, information covering aspects of tribal government and national life, court records, elections of national and district officers, acts and resolutions passed by the national legislature, lists of the Chickasaw Lighthorse (national police), divorces, and the murder of Benjamin Love. The copies were microfilmed on roll CKN 30, but copies also can be found in the vertical files under Chickasaw Indians-Courts.


Earliest Image in OHS Research Photo Collection: Daguerreotype

Tuesday, April 21st, 2009


by Beverly Mosman, Assistant Photo Archivist

The earliest photographic image in the Oklahoma Historical Society collection is a daguerreotype of the Dwight Mission School (c. 1840).* (more…)

More Pre-1930 Oklahoma City Death Info from an Unexpected Source

Tuesday, April 7th, 2009

by Brian Basore, Chief Library Technician

Oklahoma is a new enough state that history and family research are still pretty much the same thing, which is why so much of the Research Division’s work has been genealogical for almost 80 years. People who are looking for their family’s past want to find, among other kinds of things, death records. Information about deaths in Oklahoma before 1930 can be difficult to find. I don’t understand why any of the Oklahoma City city directories have death listings in them, but some do. (more…)