The Carl Albert Center Archives manages, preserves, and facilitates access to the largest collection of political and congressional papers in the state of Oklahoma. The collections include the papers of 61 former members of congress, along with the papers of 25 political leaders, congressional staffers, and journalists. The Archives also holds the Julian P. Kanter Political Commercial Collection which is one of the major sources for political commercials in the world. The Center’s new Digital Archive has been made possible with a generous gift from Ambassador James R. Jones.

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Note: The following digital materials have been created from the Center’s vast repository. Items from the collections below have been requested or created as a part of specific projects and we are adding new items, daily. 

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Congressional and Political Collections




Please note: The Carl Albert Center is committed to providing free and equal access to all of its open congressional and political collections. However, some materials in the Digital Archive may require additional licensing and permissions for off-site publications. Please contact the Center for more information. 

Preferred citation: When using images and other records from the Digital Archive for publication or display, please use the credit “Courtesy of Carl Albert Center Archives (and cite the collection name and record title or image number).”


(Group photograph with James R. Jones of 1978 summer interns in front of the Capitol., July 6, 1978. James R. Jones Collection, CAC_CC_109_11_1_0000_91. Carl Albert Center Congressional and Political Collections. Accessed November 17, 2021.)

Attention: Some materials in the Digital Archive may contain language, imagery, opinions, or perspectives from the past that may be offensive today. The Carl Albert Center Archives does not endorse the language, imagery, attitudes, and/or perspectives presented in the content but provides it as a historical document.