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American Heritage Center

2111 Willett Drive, Centennial Complex, University of Wyoming, Laramie, WY 82071

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More than 100 years ago, Grace Raymond Hebard—UW faculty member, administrator, librarian, and Wyoming historian—began collecting the papers and reminiscences of Wyoming’s pioneers. Her research on the history of Wyoming, the West, emigrant trails, and Native Americans became the nucleus for what is known today as the American Heritage Center (AHC). Officially established in 1945, the Center now holds over 90,000 cubic feet of historic documents and artifacts in more than 3500 collections—placing the AHC among the largest non-governmental archives in the nation.

Today, the AHC contains important holdings in numerous areas. Its western history archives include materials on early women’s suffrage and political achievements, native Americans, ranching, politics, authors, and under-documented communities. Other featured collecting areas include transportation (railroad, highway and air travel), mining and energy extraction, entertainment and popular culture (with important collections featuring Hollywood, music, radio, television and the comic book industry), natural resources and the environment, and military history. The AHC also serves as the primary archives for the University of Wyoming. We are #ALWAYS ARCHIVING.

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October 19, 2020 20:57 (edited)

Phase 1 of reopening will begin on September 28 with use of the public reading room by approved appointment only, available between 12-4 pm. Limited to UW students, faculty and staff who have gone through UW's Fall Opening requirements.

June 22, 2020 22:19

The AHC is launching its COVID-19 Collection Project, gathering experiences from around Wyoming about the impact of the coronavirus on work, education, personal life, community, and beyond. For more information visit:

June 22, 2020 22:14

The AHC Reading Room and the Centennial Complex is currently closed to public access due to COVID-19. Online access to digital materials and patron requests are available as usual. Please email the Reference Desk at if you have questions.

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