A Safe Place for History

The Memorial Archives came into being in the fall of 1995. Following the April 19, 1995, bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building, a 350-member task force was created to deal with aspects of memorializing the tragedy. One of the 11 task-force sub-committees was the Archives Sub-Committee. In October of 1995, a survey was conducted by the Archives Sub-Committee to ascertain what materials relating to the bombing were available. From this survey, a plan for the development of an archives was created.

Memorial collections are specific to the April 19, 1995, bombing. The collections include all aspects of this incident including:

  • Site history
  • Records from the professional response
  • General public and media response
  • Impact on the local community as well as the nation
  • Investigation and trials
  • Memorial process

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The Memorial Archives has assisted researchers from all over the world. The resources archived here have aided in the development of everything from middle school research papers and doctoral dissertations to video documentaries and novels. Some charges may apply, see the Research Fee Schedule here.

Research Registration

Anyone seeking to do research must apply 20 days in advance by completing the Researcher Registration Form, provide a photo identification and be pre-approved by the Memorial Collections & Acquisitions Committee. If you are a researcher interested in utilizing the Memorial’s Archives, please fill out the form below.

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