Farewell Superhero Stan Lee

One of the American Heritage Center’s benefactors, and all around favorite person, was Stan Lee. He passed away November 12, 2018 at age 95.


Stan Lee and Spiderman, undated. Stan Lee papers, Box 7, American Heritage Center, University of Wyoming.

This amazing man not only gave the AHC valuable research materials spanning his career, he managed to keep us constantly on his radar despite his demanding schedule. He tweeted about us, interviewed about us, and steered others in the comics industry our way so that we could incorporate their historical materials into our archive.


An advocate for literacy and education, in 1994 Stan Lee participated in educational events open to the community at the UW campus. Photo File, American Heritage Center, University of Wyoming.

Lee’s papers are a valuable educational resource, particularly to the University of Wyoming’s students. Students and faculty in multiple disciplines use Lee’s collection to study literature, American Studies, social studies education, and more for research papers, theses, and curriculum development. From his papers students learn about different facets of US culture from the twentieth century, including politics and social constructs, for example the Civil Rights Movement. His legacy will live on at the AHC.

It’s hard to say goodbye. Rest in peace, dear friend. We’ll miss you so.

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