Historical Records

History in the Archives

Oklahoma Governors
Find out more about Oklahoma’s gubernatorial history.

Index to Oklahoma’s Confederate Pension Records
Used by genealogists the world over. Also Oklahoma Confederate Pension Records can be found on the Digital Prairie.

Papers of the Territorial Governors
What happened on the watch of the men who governed the “Oklahoma Territory”?

Genealogy in the Archives
How could a state archive help you with genealogy? You’d be surprised.

Historical Maps
These maps illuminate your way into Oklahoma history.

Index to Aerial Photographs
What did the landscape look like in 1939? Perhaps there is a photo listed in ODL’s aerial collection that would interest you.

Territorial Land Survey
Read what they saw as they surveyed Oklahoma from north-to-south and east-to-west.

About the 1907 Survey Records
View copies of the original field notes and township plats.

Onine Exhibits and Teaching Resources from the Archives

Images of Oklahoma and Oklahoma Archives Month/Week
Archives Month is a statewide recognition and celebration of the value of Oklahoma’s archives. The theme for Archives Month is “Images of Oklahoma.”

Sooner Stories: A Glimpse into State History
Historical stories from the sooner state (from Bonnie and Clyde to the construction of the capitol building) are available online for you to view.

Oklahoma History Teaching Resources
Lesson plans and related information are provided to encourage the use of primary source materials in the teaching of Oklahoma history.

Find more at Archives.OK.Gov. 


Featured items from the Archives…

Governors of Oklahoma, 1890-1979  
BAM Newsletter  

Seventh Annual Report of the Oklahoma Aeronautics Commission  
Territorial Governor Renfrow  
1937 Study on State Homes for Orphans and Veterans in Oklahoma  


  • Outdoor Oklahoma, Volume 22, Number 1, January 1966
    Official monthly newsletter of the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation dedicated to the conservation of Oklahoma natural resources and to the continued benefits of wildlife and fisheries for hunters, fishermen, trappers and others of this and future generations who value the opportunities of outdoor recreation.
  • Oklahoma game and fish news, Volume 1, Number 1, January 1945
    Official monthly newsletter of the Oklahoma State Game and Fish Commission published in the interest of Oklahoma hunters, fishermen, trappers, naturalists, and wildlife conservationists.
  • Oklahoma wildlife, Volume 21, Number 1, January 1965
    Official monthly newsletter of the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation dedicated to the conservation of Oklahoma natural resources and to the continued benefits of wildlife and fisheries for hunters, fishermen, trappers and others of this and future generations who value the opportunities of outdoor recreation.
  • State general and tuberculosis hospitals in Oklahoma : a preliminary study of present facilities and conditions
    This report is the fifth in a series on State public institutions in Oklahoma, which was initiated by the Oklahoma State Planning Board in 1935. This report was prepared with the assistance of three Works Progress Administration projects: W.P.A. Project No. 65-65-434 provided field surveys of the physical properties; W.P.A. Federal Project No. 3, O.P. […]
  • Annual Report of the Department of Charities and Corrections, 1955
    Annual report of the Department of Charities and Corrections submitted by Buck Cook, Commissioner of Charities and Corrections, to Raymond Gary, Governor of Oklahoma, for the year ending June 30, 1955.