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Holisso: The Center for Study of Chickasaw History and Culture

Home to meticulously preserved First American archives, tales, culture, language and historical accounts passed across generations, Holisso (book): The Center for Study of Chickasaw History and Culture is a 20,000-square-foot specialty library focusing on the study of the Chickasaw Nation and other tribes in the Southeastern United States.

Using advanced technology, the research center focuses on maintaining thorough records of Chickasaw and Southeastern genealogy, as well as presenting oral history workshops, scholarly lectures, conferences, digitization events, roundtables and book signings. Our purpose-designed climate and light-controlled artifact storage room protects genealogy records, photo archives and historic documents.

If you would like to explore your ancestry, view genealogy records, request research information or learn more about the research center, make an appointment by calling (580) 622-7130 or email Archives@Chickasaw.net or Genealogy@Chickasaw.net

The document below answers many common questions regarding tribal citizenship. A genealogy request form is also included that will aid in expediting inquiries.

Finding Your First American Ancestors


Browse the Holisso Archives

Many Chickasaw artifacts are only available to view in-person by appointment. For your convenience, an online Holisso Archives page has been established, where you can view hundreds of documents, photographs, three-dimensional objects, paintings and other mediums.

Visit cncc.chickasaw.net to browse the Holisso Archives and check back often as new items are added.


Special Collections Room

The Special Collections Room located inside the Holisso: The Center for Study of Chickasaw History and Culture hosts a rotating display of exclusive exhibits. Featured exhibits vary to include artifacts from our own archives, event collaborations and items from museums across the world.

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