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Archives & Special Collections


Archive's Special Collections 
Material contains particular materials relating to the history and culture of the Cherokee Indians, other tribes of Oklahoma and the state of Oklahoma, with emphasis on the Northeastern Oklahoma region. Special Collections houses materials relating to the history Oklahoma and and Native American studies. The books housed in Special Collections are found through the Discovery system. Special Collections has in its collection limited and first editions, and autographed books. 

Archive's Special Collections has a wide variety of resources and material related to Native American history and culture, with special emphasis on the Cherokee and other tribes of Oklahoma. In addition, Special Collections holds tribal language dictionaries, historical Cherokee statutes, children's books on Native American topics, Army and Navy War of the Rebellion records, Bureau of American Ethnology publications, and a wide range of books, periodicals and documents dealing with Oklahoma history.

Archive's Special Collections holds many different collections of Oklahoma, regional and Native American newspapers dating from the 1800s to present. This includes Cherokee and English language newspapers, and papers published in Tahlequah, Muskogee, Tulsa, Indian Territory, Oklahoma and Arkansas.

Archive's Special Collections houses microfilm and microfiche copies of historical resources and documents dealing with Native American and Oklahoma topics. This includes U.S. Office of Indian Affairs material, historical information relating to military posts and installations, Indian-Pioneer Papers, Cherokee Nation Papers, and many other items.

Cartographic materials include contemporary and rare maps dealing with Native American, Oklahoma and regional history.


All students, faculty, staff, and visitors are invited to use these collections. A reading room is provided for users, since materials are non-circulating and must be used in the area. Patrons are requested to observe special rules designed to preserve our unique items. Photocopying of materials in the area is done on request by the staff when there is no danger of injury to the materials and when the request is in accordance with Copyright Law.


Contact Information

Phone: 918-444-3220, Email:

Hours: Monday, Wednesday, Friday 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, Tuesday & Thursday by appointment only. 

Head of Archives and Special Collections: Brenda Bradford

Assistant Archivist: Blain McLain,




Additional Links

Subject Librarian for History, American Studies, and Cherokee and Indigenous Studies: SophiaBeverley Threatt (