The Caddo Nation maintains a library and resource center at the Caddo Heritage Museum. Our holdings currently include over 400 volumes, most of which deal with topics directly relating to the Caddo people. The library also has materials that include the surrounding tribes, and other topics of interest such as Native American history, culture, and archaeology.
The library is open to the public during regular business hours, 9 to 12 and 1 to 4, Monday through Thursday.
We have a microfilm reader that can be used by our visitors. Also available are the census records for Caddo County, Oklahoma, for the years of 1910, 1920, and 1930,and the Kiowa Agency Census and Enrollment records (rolls KA-1 and KA-2) that include letters sent and received related to the census of Kiowa, Comanche, Apache, Wichita & Affiliated bands (dates range from 1883-1890). These will be very useful to those who are conducting genealogical research for their families.
The IMLS Bookshelf is a crucial component of Connecting to Collections: A Call to Action a conservation initiative that the Institute lanched in 2006. IMLS began the initative in response to a 2005 study by Heritage Preservation documenting the dire state of the nation’s collections. The multi-faceted, multi-year initiative shines a nationwide spotlight on the needs of America’s collections, especially those held by smaller institutions, which often lack the human and financial resources necessary to adequately care for their collections.
The Caddo Heritage Museum was among the first to receive the essential set of resources based on an application describing the needs and plans for care of its collections. The IMLS Bookshelf focuses on collections typically found in art or history museums and in libraries’ special collections, with an added selection of texts for zoos, aquaria, public gardens, and nature centers. It addresses such topics as the philosophy and ethics of collecting, collections managemant and planning, emergency preparedness, and culturally specific conservation issues.
The CHM received another grant from the Institute of Museums and Libraries for $6000. On June 10, the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) awarded Native American tribes across the United States $1.22 million dollars to improve and sustain their library services. The grant monies will be distributed among 209 tribes, and will bolster library srvices offered by Native American tribal communities and Alaskan Native villages. This grant will begin in October of this year and with completion in September of 2009. Monies from this project will secure a new comptuter and additional materials for the library and resource center.
About the Institute of Museum and Library Services
The Institute of Museum and Library Services is the primary source of federal support for the nation’s 122,000 libraries and 17,1500 museums. The Institute’s mission is to create stron libraries and museums that connect people toinformation and ideas. The Institute works at the national level and in coordination with state and local organizations to sustain heritage, culture, and knowledge; enhance learning and innovation; and support professional development. To learn more about the Institute, please visit www.imls.gov.
Funds to help increase the number of books at the library, as well as to purchase the microfilm reader, and several reels of microfilm were provided by a Native American Library Services Program of the Institute of Museum and Library Services. Their support of our efforts is invaluable.
If you have need for personal research assistance, please call and arrange for staff availability. We look forward to serving the Caddo Nation.