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Bill Welge was born in San Antonio, Texas. He moved to Oklahoma in 1966. He earned his undergraduate
degree in Journalism at the University of Oklahoma in 1976 and his graduate degree in Southwestern
Studies from Central State University, Edmond in 1988.
He joined the staff of the Oklahoma Historical Society April 1, 1977 as a project microfilmer.
In 1982 he was promoted to Archivist and in 1990 became the director of the Archives & Manuscripts
Division of the Society. In February 2013, he was named the first director of a newly established
office of American Indian Culture and Preservation.
Welge has published three books and numerous articles about Oklahoma history and the native peoples
who were removed to Oklahoma during the 19th century.
Welge has presented many genealogical programs regarding the resources held at the Society.
In his spare time, Welge serves as president of the Oklahoma City/County Historical Society and
continues to serve as a member of the Murrah Memorial Archives Sub-committee for the National
Bombing Memorial since its inception in 1995. He was elected to the executive committee of the
Society of Southwest Archivist in 2012 and was the first certified archivist for the State of
Oklahoma in 1989 to present with the Academy of Certified Archivists.