Visiting the Research Center
Research Center Hours
Tuesday–Saturday 10 am to 4:45 pm
Closed Sunday, Monday, and all state holidays.
There is no charge to visit the Research Center.
Research Center Closings
December 25, 2018
January 1, 2019
July 4, 2019
November 28–29, 2019
December 24–25, 2019
The John and Eleanor Kirkpatrick Research Center is located on the first floor of the Oklahoma History Center. We are open to the public, and there is never a charge to visit the research facilities. Visit the Research Center to find books, photos, manuscripts, newspapers, audio, and video pertaining to American Indians, genealogy, and Oklahoma history.
Group Tours and Field Trips
- Please sign the guest register each time you visit.
- Smoking, food, and beverages are not permitted in the Research Center.
- To help protect library materials, we ask that researchers write in pencil only (provided).
- Please turn cell phones to off/silent.
- Books and materials are non-circulating; we do not participate in the interlibrary loan program.
- Children under the age of eighteen must be accompanied and supervised by an adult.
Viewing Collections and Archive Materials
- Certain research materials are not stored on the Research Center floor. To view these materials, complete a record retrieval request form. Forms are available at the reference desk.
- Archive materials are to be viewed in the Daughtery Family Rare Book Room; patrons should wear cotton gloves (provided) when handling these materials.
- Patrons using Federal Indian Records are asked to sign a research application form.
- Access to oral histories, film and video, manuscript collections, and maps must be requested by 4 pm on weekdays.
- Saturday access to oral histories, film and video, manuscript collections, and maps must be requested by 4 pm on Friday.
Subscription Websites Available in the Research Center
The Research Center offers free access to Ancestry Library Edition®, Fold3, HeritageQuest Online™, and The Oklahoman Digital Archives. These sites allow patrons visiting the Research Center to search, view, and print various items pertaining to genealogy and history.
Ancestry Library Edition® offers US Census, ship logs and passenger indexes, WWI draft registration cards, vital records, American Indian records, and the Social Security Death Index.
Fold3 includes military records, documents, and photographs dating from the Revolutionary War to recent conflicts. Fold3 also offers online access to and various American Indian records.
HeritageQuest™ also includes US Census as well as Revolutionary War pension and bounty-land warrant applications, the Freedman's Bank (1856–1874), and more.
The Oklahoman Digital Archives offers searchable online access to more than 100 years of issues of The Oklahoman.
Clark and Kay Musser Learning Lab
The Clark and Kay Musser Learning Lab is located inside the Research Center. This learning space is available to rent for meetings, classes, and programs.
Find out more about the Learning Lab.
Oklahoma History Center
800 Nazih Zuhdi Drive
Oklahoma City, OK 73105
The Oklahoma History Center is located on the northeast corner of NE 23rd Street and Lincoln Boulevard, across the street from the Oklahoma Capitol. For details view a Google map of our location.
Latitude: 35.493201, Longitude: -97.496695