Helmerich Research Center and Gilcrease National Archive to be Constructed at Gilcrease Museum

The University of Tulsa announced plans in September 2010 to develop and construct the Helmerich Research Center and Gilcrease National Archive adjacent to Gilcrease Museum at 1400 N. Gilcrease Museum Road.

The Tulsa Parks Board, which also serves the city as the Gilcrease Board of Trustees, unanimously approved an agreement for a long-term lease for the center on the museum's existing property. Mayor Dewey Bartlett has signed the agreement.

The development of the research center is an extension of Thomas Gilcrease's mission to preserve and promote the art, history and culture of the Americas.

The Helmerich Research Center and Gilcrease National Archive will enhance scholarship opportunities relating to the Gilcrease Museum as well as secure broader international attention for Gilcrease Museum and Tulsa.

The facility will house the Gilcrease Library and Archives containing nearly 100,000 rare books, documents, maps, and unpublished works. The center will host visiting faculty and students from around the world to conduct scholarly research on the collection.

Additional facility highlights are planned to include a conservation laboratory, conference center, research offices and work areas, classrooms, a processing laboratory for electronic cataloguing and digitization of the collections, a recording studio and media production center, and an outreach office to aid in the dissemination of education materials and scholarly research.

In addition to the research center and archive, the university will provide new parking adjacent to the research facility, as well as a new museum maintenance building.

The construction of the facility is expected to take 18 months. Groundbreaking is pending.