New Finding Aids: June 2019

We’ll we’ve been really busy this summer processing collections — so much so we’re publishing another round this quickly!

As a reminder, Finding Aids act as a table of contents for our collections. These aids help you find information about specific collections we have, and the information contained in the collections. We create these aids so it’s easier for researchers to figure out if collection is relevant to their work.

The strengths of our collections include Wyoming and the American West, politics and public policy, ranching and energy, entertainment and popular culture, industry, transportation, and military history. The documents and archives we hold serve as raw data for scholarship and heritage work, and support thriving communities of place, identity, and interest in Wyoming and beyond.

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Finding Aid Updates (from collections processed 5/8/19 – 5/23/19)

Gamma Sigma Delta. Gamma Sigma Delta was founded as an honor society for Agricultural students.

University of Wyoming professor Conrad J. Kercher. Kercher joined the UW College of Agriculture in 1954.

Agricultural specialist Donald A. Ritter. Ritter was a soil conservationist for the University of Wyoming Extension.

Louisa A. Swain (this collection has also been digitized and is available online). Louisa A. Swain cast her ballot in Albany County, Wyoming Territory, on September 6, 1870. By doing so she became the first woman to vote legally in a general election in the United States. Louisa Swain was born Louisa Gardiner in Norfolk, Virginia, in 1801. She married Stephen Swain, and the couple moved with their four children to what later became Wyoming Territory. When Wyoming Territory was organized in 1869, women’s suffrage was written into the constitution, giving Mrs. Swain, and other women resident in the territory, the unprecedented right to vote on an equal basis with men.

Mary E. Almy journal. Almy traveled with an African-American cavalry troop in 1891.

Petroleum company executive E.W. Isom. Isom joined Sinclair Oil when the company was founded in 1916.

Wyoming residents Howard and Helen Campbell. The couple each wrote reminiscences of their lives.

Walter C. Hawes manuscript. Hawes wrote a history of the cattle industry in southeast Wyoming.

These and other AHC collections can be discovered in the University of Wyoming Libraries catalog. We are open for walk-in research on Mondays 10 am – 7 pm and Tuesdays through Fridays 8 am – 5 pm. For distance research assistance please contact our reference department at or 307-766-3756.


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