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Using the Collections


The Carl Albert Center is committed to providing free and equal access to all of its open congressional and political collections. With this in mind, its reading room is available to anyone wishing to consult records from the Center’s holdings. 

Please keep in mind that appointments are required to use the reading room.

It should be noted that some collections are closed to the public or stored at an offsite facility. Therefore, researchers are encouraged to contact one of the archivists at the Carl Albert Center before visiting. Doing so will help ensure that all materials are accessible and can be retrieved in advance, helping to make each research trip as productive as possible.

Researchers should familiarize themselves with the following policies before their visit. Individuals who intend to use materials from the collections will also receive forms outlining these rules in detail upon their arrival at the Center.


For publication and terms of use, please review the information below:


Academic Use of Materials:

For the archive’s purposes, an academic institution grants degrees and issues diplomas or other certifications. Patrons making “academic” requests must demonstrate affiliation as a student (please specify graduate or undergraduate), faculty, or staff member at such an institution.

Non-Academic Use of Materials:

Permission is not required for non-profit educational purposes, although the Center must be cited as the source. Permission may be granted upon request for one-time non-exclusive use of digital materials for publication or exhibition. Use fees will be charged if the images are to be used for commercial purposes. Any subsequent photo or digital image use will require permission from the Center.


Documents and Image Use Fees:

Commercial: $85/image/document

Non-Profit: $35/image/document

Educational use: fees waived

Exceptions to fees

The Carl Albert Center reserves the right to waive use fees for using photographs by the Oklahoma news media in newspaper articles, newscasts, or noncommercial documentaries. In-state nonprofit organizations may also qualify for the waiver. Waiver requests must be in writing. Please include your federal or state tax identification number. Proof of credit must be supplied before a fee can be considered for waiver.

Please review and complete the Terms of Use Form for all applicable orders.



Audio, Video, Film (General Collections):


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Audio, Video, Film (Kanter Collection):

Academic Research Fees: $100 per group of 20 commercials (40 commercials = $200.00) Non-Academic Research Fees: $100 per group of 20 commercials 

Loan Fees:

Fees for “clean” copies of commercials for production are based on the length of the commercial (no watermarks, uncompressed, edited for best resolution):

  • Up to 30 sec.: $300 per commercial
  • 31 sec. to 15 min.: $600 per commercial
  • 15 min. or longer: $750 per commercial.

Note: Loan fees are for the temporary loan only of the material and are used to maintain the collection and equipment.

Please review and complete the Terms of Use Form for all applicable orders.

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