The Peggy Helmerich Library will be closed temporarily for light renovation. We anticipate the closure to last several weeks. During the closure, any items you have placed on hold will be sent to Hardesty Library.
The American Indian Resource Center provides cultural, educational and informational resources, activities and services honoring American Indian heritage. The center provides access to more than 4,000 books, periodicals, and media for adults and children by and about American Indians, including historical and rare materials, new releases, videos and music compact discs.
If you have any questions or comments about anything contained in these pages, please email the coordinator.
The logo designed to represent the Tulsa City-County Library's American Indian Resource Center is a turtle surrounded by a circle. The turtle is a stylized representation of an engraved shell figurine pendant found at the Spiro Mounds archaeological site in Spiro, Oklahoma. (see The Spiro Ceremonial Center, James A. Brown. University of Michigan, Memoirs of the Museum of Anthropology, Number 29, 1996, p. 597). Artifacts found here show that prehistoric Spiro people created a sophisticated culture which influenced the entire Southeast.
The image of a turtle suggests the Lochapokas, a Creek tribe, who settled in the area now know as Tulsa in 1828. The city's name derives from Creek words "tulla" (town) and "hassee" (something old.)
Surrounding the turtle is a circle, a symbol common to American Indian cultures. The circle suggests continuity, wholeness and interconnectedness. The history of American Indians is integral to American history as well as the history and culture of Oklahoma. The library's American Indian Resource Center -- over 6,300 books, recordings and videos -- forms an integral part of its holdings at each of its 23 locations.
The American Indian Resource Center is privileged to have its own theme song. It was composed by Jay Mule. The lyrics were provided by Warren Pratt, Jr in the Pawnee language. The song is about the turtle being the smartest.
The American Indian Resource Center programs and events are community funded by people like you. If you would like to support the AIRC programming please contact the Tulsa Library Trust, 549-7363.