Edna May Armold Archives

The archive room is currently closed for organization.

This is a top priority for us and we will reopen as soon as we are able!

We're hard at work to make El Reno and Canadian County history easy to access.

Here's what we're working on: The AC leak is fixed! Still no ceiling tile. We're still applying for grants, shelving materials in an accessible way, making indexes and finding documents searchable, updating the microfilm software in the room, and if you check our catalog you'll see that we've started scanning items and adding searchable records to our catalog. Whew! Check back here for updates. Updated October 27, 2022

In the meantime: Check out the materials we have digitized below!

Ancestry.com is available inside the library.

All donations are subject to review by the Library Director prior to acceptance to verify they fit the scope of our collection and the space restraints we have in the archive. Donors must fill out a Deed of Gift form once items have been evaluated. 

The library does not purchase collections, pay for the upkeep or digitization of documents that we do not own, temporarily house collections, or allow archive items to be checked out or viewed outside of the archive room. Thank you for understanding.

Wondering What's in the Archive?

The archive has been collecting local history for a hundred years. Our largest collections are the City of El Reno collection, and a collection of small photographs. Past researchers have also contributed files and bound single-topic findings!

More El Reno Archives on Digital Prairie

Find these El Reno historical documents, school yearbooks, images and more on Digital Prairie.

El Reno early day businesses

History of the El Reno hamburger places

History of El Reno by Carolyn Barker (download PDF)