New Finding Aids: September 2019

Another productive month for our archivists at the American Heritage Center. Here’s another round of finding aids we’ve published so you can see what collections we’ve recently processed.

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.

person standing on stool in archive area pulling a box down
Clarissa Nord, of Arvada, CO is getting her master’s degree in public administration. She hopes to attend law school, work for the government, a public organization or in a nonprofit position that would serve the community. Clarissa loves working at the American Heritage Center as an archives aid, and is photographed in the collections area of the AHC.

Finding Aid Updates (from collections processed 7/11/19 – 8/12/19)

GP Bar Ranch films. The Gannett Peak Bar Ranch was a dude ranch in northwest Wyoming.

Andy Lewis scripts. Lewis wrote the screenplay for the movie “Klute.”

Wyoming Legislature House and Senate bills. Contains proposed and passed bills, resolutions, and memorials.

Harry S. Bossart oil field maps. Bossart was a Midwest Refining Company employee in the Salt Creek Field.

University of Wyoming African American and Diaspora Studies Program. Included are student projects from “The Black West” seminar class in 2016.

Ohio Oil Company materials. The company’s operations in Utah and Wyoming are documented in photographs.

Petroleum geologist Jean Paul Gerlough. Gerlough helped to develop the Kevin Sunburst oil field in Montana.

Geologist Carroll H. Wegemann. Wegemann examined oil lands on the Crow Indian Reservation.

The following 11 collections have been added to DPLA (Digital Public Library of America) as part of UW’s participation with the Plains to Peak Collective to harvest digital collections from various institutions across the Rockies.

Al Christie Papers #05334
Alcott Farrell Elwell Scrapbook #01908
Alfred Jacob Miller Paintings #04912 and #12530
American National Cattle Women Records #05552
Arthur E. Demaray Papers #04031
Beck Family Papers #10386
Betsy Talbot Blackwell Papers #09073
Bill Mahan Papers #10045
Bill Manbo Papers #09982
Black 14 (Laramie, Wyo.) Films #10963
Blackwell Smith Papers #01065

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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