New research center to be discussed

By Sharon Burns Published: May 1, 2006
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Bill Welge, Oklahoma Historical Society Research Division director, will speak to several genealogical societies in May about the new Oklahoma Historical Society Research Center in the Oklahoma History Center, 2401 N Laird.

Welge's presentations will provide information about new features and materials available to researchers. He will also discuss the new rules and regulations for using the center. They include:

  • All researchers will be required to have a photo I.D. and obtain a library card before entering the research center. Library card applications are available at the table near the research center entrance.

  • Researchers will be allowed to take paper, pencils and laptop computers into the center. All bags, briefcases, notebooks, purses and folders will need to be placed in lockers.

  • All patrons must sign a register.

  • Cell phones and pagers must be turned off.

  • Before using Federal Indian Records, a research application form must be completed.

  • Saturday access to oral history, manuscripts and maps must be requested by 3 p.m. Friday.

  • The reading room is monitored by security cameras.

    The research center opened April 20 and will be available to researchers from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and will be closed New Year's Day, Thanksgiving and Christmas Day. For more information, call the History Center at 522-5225 or go online to www.okhistorycenter.org and click on "research."

    Welge will discuss the research center at the Edmond Historical Society meeting at 7 p.m. May 8 at the Edmond Historical Society and Museum, 431 S Boulevard, Edmond.

    For more information, call society President Sharon King Burns at 348-3162, e-mail sharon_burns@ hotmail.

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