New Finding Aids: January 2020

We’re still busy as ever archiving and processing collections. Here’s another round of finding aides we’ve published so you can see what’s been added to our collections.

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.

behind the scenes look at the archive at the American Heritage Center

Finding Aid Updates (from collections processed 10/11/19 – 11/1/19)

Comedian Eddie Lawrence. Lawrence was a character actor who wrote the Broadway musical “Kelly.”

Joan Bassett papers about 111 Grand Avenue. This building in Laramie housed both businesses and residences from 1920 to 1990.

Author Samuel Western. Western wrote “Pushed Off the Mountain, Sold Down the River,” an economic history of Wyoming.

Author Ron Franscell. After a career as a journalist, Wyoming native Franscell began writing crime fiction.

University of Wyoming Plant Science Division research and extension materials. These photographs document early agronomy and extension work of the university throughout the state.

The former University of Wyoming Chicano Studies Program. The collection contains a videotape called “Laramie Hoy” (Laramie Today) from 2000.

The University of Wyoming Board of Trustees. The Board of Trustees was formed in 1886, before the university opened.

Lyle and Florence Brothers. Collection contains an assortment of political literature, including, anti-communist, racist, and anti-Semitic materials.

Wyoming History Day records. The History Day program for middle and high school students encouraged discovery and interpretation of historical topics.

Elder Family Financial Exploitation research. The collection contains de-identified interviews regarding elder financial abuse.

Arts & Sciences Dean Oliver Walter. Walter was Dean of the A&S College from 1989 to 2012.

City councilman Charles P. Beall. Beall was active in Albany County, Wyoming, politics in the 1950s.

The American Heritage Center (AHC) has digitized and made accessible online 700 negatives from the Bob Kisken photographs collection #11383.

Bob Kisken was a resident of Glenrock, Wyoming. After retiring, he took up ranch and farm photography as a hobby.

Collection contains more than 1000 color, black and white, and sepia photographs and negatives taken by Kisken of cattle branding, rodeos, sales barns, and cattle operations in Montana, South Dakota and Wyoming. Also included are a series of images of women in agriculture and ranching. The digitized items and additional information about the Bob Kisken photographs #11383 can be found in the online finding aid.

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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