Historical Records

History in the Archives

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

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

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.

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

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.

Historical Maps

The Archives preserves nearly 1,300 historical maps, which are divided by origin into manuscript or state agency collections.

The former includes 19th Century maps of the Western Territories detailing Arkansas, Missouri, Kansas, Texas, and the Oklahoma and Indian Territories. They cover such subjects as Indian nations, tribes and reservations, the pony express, military forts, ceded lands, and cattle trails.

Later maps show the location of oil storage batteries and oil leases, mineral resources, timber and coal lands.

These maps provide the researcher with a visual perspective on such topics as railroad routes, school sites, political boundaries, the highway system, oil pipelines, and water resources.

Historical maps can illuminate as well as illustrate the historical landscape. Used in conjunction with other records, manuscripts, publications, photographs, audio tapes and video tapes, these maps are a valuable piece in the historical puzzle. Please note that, for preservation purposes, these maps cannot be photocopied.

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.”

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.

Stories from the Archives
Domeless Wonder and Spooky Archives

Find more at Archives.OK.Gov.