New Finding Aids: March 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

Petroleum geologist F. Julius Fohs. Ferdinand Julius Fohs (1884-1965) was a geologist who conducted oil and mineral resources exploration and development in the United States, Canada, and West Asia. He first visited Palestine in 1919. He returned to West Asia after World War I, where he studied and reported on petroleum and water resources in the area before and after the creation of the State of Israel. Fohs wrote articles on geology and petroleum in West Asia and the Soviet Union and on world oil resources. His papers contains correspondence, subject files, logs, reports, maps, and photographs all related to Foh’s work in Palestine and Israel. There are also reports concerning resettlement possibilities in that area. There are reports and maps on oil in the Williston Basin, as well as reports and maps on other petroleum resources in the western United States and Canada. Also included are manuscripts of Foh’s articles on world oil.

Construction company Lobo Inc. The company was founded and incorporated in Casper, Wyoming, in 1958 by Robert N. Olsen. It was a construction and civil engineering company primarily focused on highway construction, dams, bridges, and mines. This collection contains correspondence, printed material, film, photographs and negatives, daily reports, estimates, contracts, and financial documents related to the construction projects of Lobo, Inc. and Rongstad-Olsen Construction. It also contains awards, certificates, and personal papers of Robert N. Olsen.

Writer Mary O’Hara. Mary O’Hara Alsop, a writer and composer originally from New York, came to Wyoming in 1930 and along with her husband bought the Remount Ranch near Laramie. While living on the ranch, O’Hara wrote her popular Western novel My Friend Flicka, the first of a trilogy that was followed by Thunderhead and Green Grass of Wyoming, all of which were made into motion pictures. She left the ranch in 1945 and returned to the East Coast. Among her other writings is a novella The Catch Colt, for which she later wrote music and libretto for a musical play version. Her papers contain manuscripts, galley proofs and reviews of several of her written works. There are also scrapbooks, correspondence, fan mail, reviews, clippings, photographs, and audio visual recordings concerning My Friend Flicka, Green Grass of Wyoming, The Catch Colt, and other works.

University of Wyoming, College of Health Sciences. The UW School of Health and Human Services operates under the administration of the College of Health Sciences to provide education and experience to students interested in careers in social work, dental hygiene, speech pathology and audiology, and medical technology. The collection contains student records, a brochure, and a history of the UW Division of Social Work by Dr. Keith A. Miller. This collection also has access to archived websites affiliated with the College of Health Sciences.

These and other AHC collections can be discovered in the University of Wyoming Libraries catalog. Our reading room is currently closed due to concerns about COVID-19, but our reference department is happy to assist you by email or phone at or 307-766-3756.


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