Visiting the Research Center
Research Center Hours
Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.
We are closed Sunday, Monday, and all state holidays.
There is no charge to visit the Research Center.
COVID-19 Safety MeasuresDue to COVID-19, the Research Center has implemented additional safety measures for the health and wellness of our patrons and staff. For questions about occupancy, please contact the Research Center at 405-522-5225 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
To protect our guests and staff, the Oklahoma Historical Society requires face masks in all indoor public areas.
Research Center occupancy is limited to 20 patrons. If there are patrons waiting due to the occupancy restriction, research time will be limited to two hours. At least six feet of social distancing must be maintained in all areas of the Research Center. Hand sanitizer is available in the Oklahoma History Center. Staff have increased cleaning of public spaces, and all research materials utilized by the public will be subject to a 72-hour quarantine after use.
Due to space limitations, patrons must make an appointment to view archival materials including manuscript collections, original records, photographs, maps, audio, or video. To schedule an appointment, please contact Mallory Covington at email@example.com or 405-522-0876.
Research Center Closings
November 11, 2021
November 25–26, 2021
December 23–24, 2021
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, photographs, manuscripts, maps, newspapers, oral histories, audio, and video pertaining 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.
Service animals are welcome in the Oklahoma History Center in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Service animals are animals that are individually trained to do work or perform tasks for people with disabilities. Dogs or other animals whose sole function is to provide comfort or emotional support do not qualify as service animals under the ADA. Service animals are allowed to accompany people with disabilities in all areas of the facility where the public is normally allowed to go.
Under the ADA, service animals must be harnessed, leashed, or tethered, unless these devices interfere with the service animal’s work or the individual’s disability prevents using these devices. In that case, the individual must maintain control of the animal through voice, signal, or other effective controls.
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.
- If you wish to view manuscript materials, patron registration form (PDF) to prepare for your visit.
- Archive materials are to be viewed in the Daughtery Family Rare Book Room; patrons should wear cotton gloves (provided) when handling these materials.
- Access to oral histories, film and video, manuscript collections, and maps must be requested by 4 p.m. on weekdays.
- Saturday access to oral histories, film and video, manuscript collections, and maps must be requested by 4 p.m. on Friday.
Websites Available in the Research Center
The Research Center offers free access to multiple subscription websites.
Ancestry Library Edition® offers US Census, ship logs and passenger indexes, WWI draft registration cards, vital records, American Indian records, the Social Security death index, and more.
Fold3 includes military records and photographs and American Indian records.
HeritageQuest™ includes US census records, Revolutionary War pension and bounty-land warrant applications, the Freedman's Bank (1856–1874), and more.
The Oklahoman Digital Archives offers searchable access to more than one hundred years 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 Musser 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.
Latitude: 35.493201, Longitude: -97.496695