Helmerich Center for American Research

The Helmerich Center for American Research houses the Gilcrease Library and Archives containing nearly 100,000 rare books, documents, maps, and unpublished works.

Rediscover Gilcrease

Rediscover Gilcrease

Mark your calendar for September 6-7.

Whether you're just here for an hour, or you stay and play all weekend, come and Rediscover Gilcrease

Join us for a weekend filled with unique activities and free entertainment as we celebrate the opening of the Helmerich Center for American Research and rediscover the treasure that is Gilcrease Museum.

Two days of events and experiences that speak to every walk of life are open to the public. From Oklahoma’s dinosaurs to Hollywood’s Rawhide, we’re sure you’ll find something to unlock your inner explorer.

All opening weekend events will be free and open to the public.

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Family Fun

Adult Lectures

Entertainment

Food and Parking

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The Helmerich Center for American Research houses the Gilcrease Library and Archive containing more than 100,000 rare books, documents, maps, and unpublished works. The collection includes a vast archive of printed documents dating back to the time of Columbus that detail Spanish arrival in the New World, as well as documents that tell the stories of the New England colonies, Westward expansion, and the experiences of America's native peoples.

Items of special interest are: A letter dictated and signed by Diego Columbus in 1512; The Cortez Decree of 1521; Copies of the Declaration of Independence and the Articles of Confederation, signed by Benjamin Franklin; Thomas Jefferson letter dated July 1, 1776; and Codex Canadensis, Louis Nicolas, between 1675 and 1680.

The Helmerich Center for American Research will enhance scholarship opportunities relating to Gilcrease Museum as well as secure broader international attention for the museum and the city of Tulsa. Tulsa businessman and philanthropist, the late Walter Helmerich III, and his wife Peggy, provided the lead gift for the research center.

"With the development of The Helmerich Center for American Research, Gilcrease Museum is building on a legacy of outstanding scholarship and poised to move forward the museum's scholarly pursuits and academic research. The museum is deeply indebted to the Helmerich family for their long-standing support, which has made possible many advances by the museum over the past four decades," said TU President Steadman Upham.

The 25,000-square-foot center will host visiting faculty and students from around the world to conduct scholarly research on the collection. In addition, the center's gathering spaces will create opportunities for seminars, lectures, and exhibitions that will engage both professional audiences and the general public.