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Thomas Gilcrease is known as having been a collector of Americana at a time when few others were interested in materials relating to the history of the Western Hemisphere. The archive and library collection — which contains manuscripts, books, photographs, maps, imprints, and broadsides — expanded to include nearly 100,000 items.

Extensive travel to European museums and libraries during the 1920s and 1930s seems to have prompted Gilcrease’s aspiration to create his own collection. Pride in his Native American heritage and interest in the history of the American West provided a focus for collecting activities. But the items chosen for inclusion in the library also demonstrate Gilcrease’s belief that the history of America was not confined within the boundaries of the continental United States.

Gilcrease’s library collection grew rapidly. While building it, he was not assisted by full-time advisors but would seek out single works as well as purchasing large groups of books or documents from dealers and other collectors.

Gilcrease Museum is dedicated to digitizing all items in the archive and library collections, and the project is ongoing. If you have information about any collection items that may enrich our records, please contact us.

Archive Collections


    Finding Aid with descriptions of all manuscripts
    Collections Information

Guide to Native American Research at the Gilcrease

Finding Aids for individual collections


    Finding Aids for individual collections
    Oklahoma Native American Photographs

Special Collections

    Charles Russell Research Collection (Britzman)

Historical Drawings

    Description of the Fort Reno ledger drawings

Maps- not yet digitized

    Description of the Gilcrease Museum Map Collection

Portfolios- not yet digitized

Library Collection

Gilcrease Museum library catalogue at TU's McFarlin Library

    Entire Gilcrease Museum library (Rare books included)



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This collection is open for use by appointment only at the Helmerich Center for American Research (HCAR). Contact the Library at in advance to inquire if materials exist pertaining to your research interests.