Elk City Carnegie Library
The small, independent Elk City Carnegie Library is big on genealogy. Located in western Oklahoma, the library's genealogical section focuses on regional and Beckham County histories, including the 1790 Census, family history information gathered from their extensive newspaper records and an obituary collection ranging from 1901 to 1977 that encompasses over 50,000 people.
Additional records include 400 books on Carter County and family resources, Cheyenne and Arapaho tribal records, a small collection of tapes with oral histories from the local residents completed in the early 1970s, and microfilms of the Soundex holdings for 1900, 1910 and 1920. Other items on microfilm include early Elk City newspapers such as "Elk City Daily News" (September 1929-present), "Democrat & Statesman," "Leader & Southwestern News," the "Carter Express" (April 1910-March 1935) and the "Cheyenne Star" (May 1904-December 1950).