New research center to be discussed

By Sharon Burns Published: May 1, 2006
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 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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