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Below are a few links to internet resources and various archaeological and historical organizations that we at Courson Archaeological Research have found to be useful in conducting a wide range of research topics.

Chronicles of Oklahoma

The Oklahoma Historical Society maintains an active publications program.  It includes the Society's scholarly journal, The Chronicles of OklahomaThe Chronicles of Oklahoma was first issued in 1921 as the official journal of the OHS.  Each issue contains at least four scholarly articles; subjects range from Indians and earliest settlement to railroads, and the twentieth century.  Each issue is well illustrated with historic photographs, offering a visual picture of the past.  Also included are book reviews, notes and documents, and minutes of the quarterly meetings of the OHS Board of Directors.

Kansas Historical Quarterly

The Kansas Historical Quarterlies were published by the Kansas Historical Society 1931-1977. Most of these volumes are available through the Museum Store. Links are provided to articles which are available in digital format. The cover and contents links include a photograph of the cover of each issue and links to special features in each issue (i.e. lists of contributors, book lists, errata, and other contents which are not formal articles).

Kansas State Historical Society

The mission of the Kansas Historical Society is to identify, collect, preserve, interpret, and disseminate materials and information pertaining to Kansas history in order to assist the public in understanding, appreciating, and caring for the heritage of Kansas.  The vision of the KHS is to enrich people's lives by connecting them to the past.

Museum of the Fur Trade

The Museum of the Fur Trade combines an outstanding collection and scholarship to interpret the story of the fur trade, the non-profit museum’s exhibits discuss the fur trade from early colonial days to the present century. The exhibits trace the everyday lives of British, French, and Spanish traders, voyageurs, mountain men, professional buffalo hunters, and typical Plains and Woodland Indians. Exhibits include the entire range of trade goods, including munitions, cutlery, axes, firearms, textiles, costumes, paints, and beads.  The museum, standing on the site of James Bordeaux’s trading post established for the American Fur Company in 1837, began as an exhibit plan—then only a dream—in the minds of its founders. Nearly fifty years later, it has become an institution whose collections and research are known and respected worldwide, and whose exhibits provide a unique educational experience for more than 40,000 visitors every year, leaving them, young and old, with a sense of adventure and faith in our economic and political freedom.

Oklahoma Anthropological Society

The Oklahoma Anthropological Society is an organization where you can share your ideas and findings with others who have similar interests. You can join with people throughout Oklahoma, as well as other states who enjoy making new discoveries, trying new experiences, meeting new people, and contributing new knowledge about anthropology and archeology to be recorded and preserved for future generations. Monthly chapter meetings are both interesting and informative. Our digs are fun, with warm fellowship, interesting - sometimes exciting - finds, and a satisfying sense of having made a real contribution toward recording part of the story of humanity. We hope that you will attend our statewide meetings; what better place can there be to exchange thoughts and ideas with fellow members? If you live near a local chapter, join it and mingle with your neighbors who share your interests. The society conducts two statewide meetings each year; the Spring Meeting held in April and the Fall Meeting held in October.  The public is invited to all meetings. 

Oklahoma Archaeological Survey

In cooperation with the State Historic Preservation Office, Oklahoma Historical Society, the Archeological Survey works to preserve and protect Oklahoma's significant archeological resources. The mission statement of the Oklahoma Archeological Survey is to research Oklahoma’s archeological record; to work with state and federal agencies, and the citizens of Oklahoma to preserve significant archeological sites; and to disseminate information about Oklahoma’s cultural heritage through publications and public presentations.

Online Records of the Civil War

The War of the Rebellion: A Compilation of the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies. No serious study of the American Civil War is complete without consulting the Official Records. Affectionately known as the "OR", the 128 volumes of the Official Records provide the most comprehensive, authoritative, and voluminous reference on Civil War operations.

Plains Anthropological Society

The Plains Anthropological Society promotes the study of the peoples and cultures of the North American Great Plains. The Society supports the growth of knowledge concerning the physical, cultural, archaeological and linguistic variation and evolution of Plains societies. The organization disseminates research results through publication of the Plains Anthropologist, a quarterly, peer-reviewed academic journal and memoir series, and through the exchange of information and ideas at its annual conference. The Society actively encourages and recognizes excellence in scholarship, service to the anthropological community and the maintenance of research collections.

Society for Historical Archaeology

Formed in 1967, the Society for Historical Archaeology (SHA) is the largest scholarly group concerned with the archaeology of the modern world (A.D. 1400-present). The main focus of the society is the era since the beginning of European exploration. SHA promotes scholarly research and the dissemination of knowledge concerning historical archaeology. The society is specifically concerned with the identification, excavation, interpretation, and conservation of sites and materials on land and underwater. Geographically the society emphasizes the New World, but also includes European exploration and settlement in Africa, Asia, and Oceania.

Southwestern Historical Quarterly

The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, continuously published since 1897, is the premier source of scholarly information about the history of Texas and the Southwest. The first 100 volumes of the Quarterly, more than 57,000 pages, are now available Online with searchable Tables of Contents.  These 100 volumes are currently available free of charge. At a future time, the online Quarterly will become a membership benefit and also available for a one time usage fee. Current plans are to add one additional volume of the Quarterly online each year.


The TerraServer-USA Web site is one of the world's largest online databases, providing free public access to a vast data store of maps and aerial photographs of the United States. TerraServer is designed to work with commonly available computer systems and Web browsers over slow speed communications links. The TerraServer name is a play on words, with 'Terra' referring to the 'earth' or 'land' and also to the terabytes of images stored on the site.  You can easily navigate the enormous amount of information in TerraServer by selecting a location on a map or entering a place name.  And now, a new Web service--called TerraServer.NET--enables Web developers to easily integrate TerraServer data into their own applications.

Texas Archaeological Society

The Texas Archeological Society promotes study, preservation and awareness of Texas archeology. The Society encourages scientific archeological exploration and research, the preservation and conservation of archeological materials and sites, and the interpretation and publication of the data attendant thereto.  The Texas Archeological Society is a web site where you can learn more about archeology around the state and how to actively participate in preserving your heritage.

Texas Beyond History

Texas Beyond History (TBH) is a public education service of the Texas Archeological Research Laboratory at the University of Texas at Austin, in partnership with 16 other organizations. Begun in 2001, its purpose is to interpret and share the results of archeological and historical research on the cultural heritage of Texas with the citizens of Texas and the world.  In this virtual museum you will find information on and images of many different aspects of the cultural legacy of Texas, a legacy spanning at least 13,500 years.  For most of that immense time span, there is no recorded history, no books, and no eyewitness accounts. Instead all we have to tell the stories of much of the cultural heritage of Texas are mute stones, ancient campfires, broken bones, and delicate traces of once-flourishing societies. This is the "material evidence" upon which archeologists base most of our interpretations.

Texas Archaeological Research Laboratory

The Texas Archeological Research Laboratory (TARL) of the University of Texas at Austin is a nationally recognized archeological research facility and the largest archeological repository in the state. We are an organized research unit under the College of Liberal Arts at the University of Texas at Austin.  Our mission is to collect, preserve, and curate archeological specimens and records, train students, conduct archeological research, and disseminate information about Texas' archeological legacy.

ornaments excavated at the Chill Hill site

ornaments from the middle Ceramic period

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