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Using the Collections

The Carl Albert Center is committed to providing free and equal access to all of its open congressional and political collections. With this in mind, its reading room is available to anyone wishing to consult records from the Center's holdings. 

Please keep in mind that appointments are required to use the reading room.

It should be noted that some collections are closed to the public or are stored at an offsite facility. Therefore, researchers are encouraged to contact one of the archivists at the Carl Albert Center prior to visiting. Doing so will help ensure that all materials are accessible and can be retrieved in advance to help make each research trip as productive as possible.

Researchers should familiarize themselves with the following policies prior to their visit. Individuals who intend to use materials from the collections will also receive forms outlining these rules in detail upon their arrival at the Center.


  • All patrons must complete a researcher form in order to gain access to the collections.
  • Pencils and acid-free page-markers will be provided. Please do not use pens or other permanent writing tools during your research.
  • The use of laptops and tablets is permitted.
  • Please maintain the order of records within each folder and the arrangment of folders in any given box. 
  • No food is allowed in the reading room.
  • The reading room is open by appointment only, T-Th 8am-5pm.

   Schedule an Appointment

  • Patrons ordering duplications and requesting permission for their use must use the preferred citation format: Collection Name, Series Title, Box #, Folder #, Carl Albert Center Congressional and Political Collections, University of Oklahoma.
  • Prepayment is required via check or money order made payable to the University of Oklahoma.
  • Duplications ordered from these collections may not be deposited or placed on file in any other repository without permission of the Carl Albert Center.
  • Previously published and photographic materials may be subject to U.S. copyright laws. It is the responsibility of the patron to obtain copyright for these materials.
  • Patrons must sign an agreement for the reproduction of any photographic materials.


  • Patrons may take digital photographs using their own equipment free of charge. No flashes or special lighting allowed.
  • The cost for scanning either photos or manuscript material is $1.00 for each scanned item. There is a maximum charge of $30 per folder, though the archives staff reserves the right to add a surcharge for any technical or time consuming digitization work. The cost, including the surcharge, will always be quoted in advance by the archives staff.
  • These scanned images can be sent via email. Please specify file type, i.e. JPEG, TIFF, etc.
  • Photocopies are twenty-five cents per page for the first one thousand pages. Photocopy requests in excess of one thousand pages will be subject to a fee of fifty cents per page.
  • Payment should be made in cash or check.


  • Permission may be granted upon request for one tie non-exclusive use of photographic or digital images for publication or exhibition.
  • If the images are to be used for commercial purpose, a use fee will be charged.
  • Any subsequent use of a photo or digital image will require permission from the Center.
  • Patrons may request remote research on a particular subject.
  • Basic research queries will be conducted free-of-charge.
  • Complex or time-intensive queries will be completed at a cost to be negotiated with one of the center's archivists.

Place a Reference Request

  • For more information or accommodations on the basis of disability, please contact the Carl Albert Center at (405) 325-5835 or email