This small replica Liberty Bell belonged to Claudette Meek and was found in the Murrah rubble. One of the many items preserved in the Archives.

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 eleven 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 incident 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

The Memorial Archives is located in the Oklahoma City National Memorial Museum. The climate-controlled storage area contains more than 1,000,000 items including documents, artifacts, and photographs.

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The Memorial Archives has assisted researchers from all over the world. These resources have been utilized for projects ranging from middle school research papers to doctoral dissertations and video documentaries to assisting novelists. If you are a researcher interested in utilizing the Memorial’s archives, please click the button below.