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White Hair Memorial

White Hair Memorial
PO Box 50
Fairfax, OK 74637

4986 County Road 5715
Hominy, OK 74035
Program Director: Tara Damron

Monday through Friday
9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Free Admission

Use of drones over Oklahoma Historical Society property is not permitted without written approval of the facility director.

The White Hair Memorial learning center is located in the former home of Lillie Morrell Burkhart, an Osage and descendant of Chief Pawhuska (White Hair). A repository for Osage artifacts and documents, the collections include resources such as maps, annuity rolls, oral histories, and photographs.

To find out more or arrange a visit, please call 918-538-2417.

Records on Microfilm

In 1985 the White Hair Memorial initiated a microfilming project with the National Archives in Fort Worth, Texas. A wide range of record groups were filmed during the project including the correspondence of the Osage Agency, minutes and proceedings of the Osage Tribal Council, annuity rolls and censuses, records of the Osage Boarding Schools, and allotment rolls and maps. Other materials available for use include Catholic Mission documents from the Kansas Historical Society, manuscript notes from the National Anthropological Archives of the Smithsonian Institute, and transcripts of Congressional testimony by Osage tribal officials and representatives.

Burns Osage Library

The Louis F. Burns and Ruth B. Burns Osage Research Library grew from a lifetime of collecting materials related to the study of Osage history and culture. These materials were sources for many books, speeches, essays, and published articles on the Osage by Louis Burns.

Books, periodicals, newspapers, maps and audio-visuals that contain information relating to the Osage are cataloged and can be retrieved by subject, title, author, or keyword. Fields of study represented are anthropology, archaeology, art, culture and folklore, genealogy, geography, history, Indian languages, Indian law, literature by and about Osage people, government relations, geology (including oil and gas mining in Osage County), philosophy, religion, ethnology, and various fields of natural and applied science used by the Osage people in their evolution.

A collection of genealogical books reflecting the westward migration of the Burns and Blake families are also available in the library.