We depend solely on the generosity of donors to add to our collection of artifacts. Without these gifts by the public, the Tulsa Historical Society would not be able to fully tell the stories in our exhibits, offer information about Tulsa to researchers, or utilize our material in other ways.

While donations to THS are beneficial to the institution, they can also be rewarding to donors. Donations may be tax deductible according to IRS standards.

We are interested in items that are connected to Tulsa and the northeast Oklahoma region.  In order to diversify our collection, and represent all aspects of Tulsa’s history, the following items are of particular interest to THS:

  • Indian Territory Era artifacts: land records, plat books, allotment records
  • Greenwood commercial and residential districts, 1921 Race Riot, Black Wall Street, Urban Renewal
  • Tulsa Advertising
  • Pre-1915 City Directories
  • Route 66 materials
  • Diaries, journals, first-hand accounts of historic Tulsa, correspondence
  • Historical photographs of Tulsans, architecture, street scenes, businesses and events (photographs are generally accepted unless they are duplicates)
  • Items related to life, business, and culture in Tulsa during the last 50 years

The Tulsa Historical Society can make arrangements to pick up the material if a donor is unable to bring it to us. Certain considerations regarding object’s size, its condition and duplicates within the collection may factor into whether the donation can be accepted. An appointment to deliver items to the museum is required, so that staff can discuss the donation with the donor.  Donors of artifacts MUST sign a Gift Agreement, which transfers ownership of the item(s) to the Tulsa Historical Society.

If interested in making a donation, please contact Curator of Collections & Archivist Ian Swart at or 918.712.9484.