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American Heritage Center

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February Featured Collection 

The Union Pacific Historical Society was founded September 1, 1984 in Denver, Colorado to collect, organize, distribute, and publish information relating to the operation and equipment of the Union Pacific Railroad. It was an independent non-profit organization that preserved the history of the Union Pacific Railroad from it's beginning in 1862 to present time. The society was not supported by, or affiliated with the Union Pacific Railroad other than the preservation of its history. Collection contains Union Pacific publications, newsletters, diagrams and drawings, track charts, timetables, reports, maps, photographs, slides, negatives, and books.The Union Pacific Historical Society digital collection is a small sample of Union Pacific images found in the collection. 

Past featured collections:

#Always Archiving

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.

boxes of archival collections at the American Heritage Center

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Centennial Complex
University of Wyoming
Laramie, WY 82071
307-766-4114

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Hours of Operation

American Heritage Center Reading Room
Monday, 10:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Tuesday - Friday, 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
307-766-3756 or ahcref@uwyo.edu

Toppan Rare Books Library
Contact Reference Services to set up an appointment to visit
307-766-3756 or etoppan@uwyo.edu

AHC Building (Centennial Complex) 
Monday, 8:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Tuesday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Saturday, 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. (Second Floor Loggia Only)
Closed Sunday

Upcoming Closures
Mon., May 25 - Memorial Day
Fri., July 3 - Independence Day observed
Mon., Sept. 7 - Labor Day

Parking

Parking in the Centennial Complex lot is free but patrons must register (Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.) at the AHC Front Desk to avoid receiving possible parking tickets. Special parking regulations are in effect during game days, please call in advance for further information.

Contact Us

UW American Heritage Center
1000 E. University Ave.
Dept. 3924
Laramie, WY 82071
Phone: (307) 766-4114
Fax: (307) 766-5511

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