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Carl Albert With President Lyndon Johnson

Congressional and Political Collections

The Carl Albert Center houses the largest collection of political and congressional papers in the state of Oklahoma. The collections include the papers of 61 former members of congress, along with the papers of 25 political leaders, congressional staffers, and journalists.

These congressional and political collections encompass over 100 years of American History, from Oklahoma's territorial days to the turn of the century, with the largest amount of materials created between the 1930s and the 1990s. As a result, the Center's archives foster research on a broad range of topics.

ARC Goes Live!

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ARC, a new unified platform for searching finding aids at the University of Oklahoma, is now live. As a founding member of the ARC consortium, the Carl Albert Center will now make the finding aids for its manuscript collections available through the site.

Thanks to ARC, you can discover the diverse and significant collections housed at OU. Just click the logo to begin searching!

Students working in the Carl Albert Center reading room

Reading Room Open by Appointment Only

Starting August 21, 2017, the Carl Albert Center Congressional and Political Collections will be accessible by appointment only. Appointments will be available Monday-Friday, 8am-5pm. 

Please use the forms below to either schedule a reading room appointment, or to send our archivists a reference request. You will receive a response within 24 hours if the form is submitted during regular business hours.

The Speaker's Office is open to all visitors without an appointment Monday-Friday, 8am-5pm.