The broad mission of the Historical Society is to promote public awareness of the role and function of the Court by making the story of its rich past and continuing work accessible to all.


What We Do

To achieve its goals, the Historical Society has begun to:

Collect Oral Histories

Collect and preserve oral history through video-transcribed interviews of the Court family.

  • U.S. Marshals
  • U.S. Attorneys
  • Federal Public Defenders
  • Court Security Officers
  • Bankruptcy Trustees
  • General Services Administration
  • Judges (District, Magistrate, Bankruptcy, Circuit)
  • Court Staff
  • Trial Lawyers
  • U.S. Court Clerks
  • U.S. Probation Officers

Collect Historical Materials

  • Locate and collect artifacts, personal papers, photographs, memorabilia, and books.
  • Preserve priceless collections for exhibition and as a source for scholarly research.
  • Through a working agreement with the Oklahoma Historical Society (”OHS”), Preserve a priceless Historical Society collection.
  • Maintain an online listing of the Historical Society Collection at OHS to inform the public of the availability of oral histories and materials deposited with the OHS.

Develop A “Federal Judicial Learning Center”

  • Create interactive, educational, and informative exhibits and public programs, especially for students devoted to the federal judicial process.
  • Explore the differences between state, tribal and federal courts, the importance of the judicial branch, rule of the law in American society and careers in federal court.
  • Design an interactive moot courtroom to allow visitors to “serve” as “judge” “jury” or “attorney.”

Commission the writing of the court’s history

Encourage scholarly research and the writing of articles and books pertaining to the history of the Court.


The Historical Society of the United States District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma (“Historical Society”), established in 2010, is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt, Oklahoma non-profit corporation dedicated to the recovery, preservation and promotion of the judicial history of the Western District.

The Historical Society preserves the history of the Court and fosters understanding of the Court’s role and historical significance to the development of the rule of law.