Tribal Archives

Collecting and Archiving Delaware History

In 2010, the tribe received a Basic Library Services Grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). A three-year plan was developed to partner with the Bartlesville Area History Museum and Bartlesville Public Library to conserve and enhance the Delaware Tribe’s Tribal Library through digitization. Tribal and historical documents are now being scanned and digitized using PastPerfect, a state-of-the-art museum document cataloguing software.

This effort is being spearheaded by Tribal Archivist Anita Mathis and Archiving Assistant Marilyn Coffey, who have been digitizing the material with the help of staff from the Bartlesville Area History Museum. The Tribal Archives are located in the Tribal Offices next to the Elder Housing, and are open Monday-Thursday 10:00am to 4:00pm.

We continue to collect books, other documents, images, and artifacts. Tribal members are welcome to come to the office and see what is being done to preserve our Tribal history. We have began to receive donations from Tribal members that have been true treasures for our Tribe.

We are hoping to pursue larger grants that will help us build and equip a tribal museum building, but in the meantime these digital copies of our tribal records provide us the opportunity to share them more widely and also help ensure their long-term preservation.

As tribal members we hope you will donate pictures, artifacts, or any information on past Tribal members, customs, dress, books, activities etc. For now material can be scanned and/or photographed and returned to the owner; eventually we would love donations or long-term loans of the actual objects. The material will be carefully handled and treated with great respect. If you wish to donate at this point, we have a secure and controlled collections area.

Please feel free to contact Tribal Archivist Anita Mathis with any questions, comments or to make arrangements to donate or loan any pictures, documents, books, artifacts or anything related to our Delaware Heritage. With your help this can be a tremendous success.

Marilyn Coffey and Anita Mathis, Tribal Archives.