Learning Resources

Chapman Library

The H. A. & Mary K. Chapman Library is an art reference library supporting the Museum’s collections and programs. The library contains over 15,000 volumes in the book and exhibition catalogue collection and receives 80 periodicals. The Chapman library also¬†maintains files on Oklahoma artists as well as the history of Philbrook.

View the Finding Aid to Villa Philbrook Landscape and Architectural Plans, c. 1925-1983. For access to the digital files, please contact the Chapman Library.

Library Hours

  • Monday & Tuesday by appointment only, 10AM – 12PM and 1 – 5PM
  • Wednesday – Friday, 10AM – 12PM

Appointments are recommended during the week as well so that we may better assist you, (918) 748-5306.

Adkins Study Center

The Adkins Study Center, which opened in June 2013, is dedicated to the access, research, and dissemination of new scholarship pertaining to Native American and Southwestern art, particularly of the 20th and 21st centuries. When combined with the Philbrook Native American art collection, arguably one of the finest surveys of Native American art anywhere, the Center’s distinguished holdings and special collections present a unique opportunity to encourage a deeper appreciation of this vital aspect of our nation’s cultural patrimony.

The Center includes the following unique assets:

  • Eugene B. Adkins Library & Archive of correspondence, photographs, family records, and library.
  • Roberta Campbell Lawson Library & Archive of over 900 rare and out of print volumes on Native American art, culture, and history, as well as personal papers.
  • Nettie Wheeler Collection of personal papers and photographs related to her involvement with Oklahoma Native American artists.
  • Juavanta M. Walker Collection of 2500 slides of Native American art, artists, and history.
  • Additional Collections includes over 900 photographs of Native peoples from 1880-1990s; oral histories and recorded interviews, as well as 1500 vertical files on individual Native American artists, and art covering such topics as beadwork, basketry, and painting.

The Adkins Study Center, located at Philbrook Downtown (116 E. MB Brady St., Tulsa) opens Wednesdays – Fridays, 1 – 5PM; or to schedule an appointment, please call (918) 748-5306.