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American Heritage Center

  • Virtual Resource Hub


    Our Virtual Resource Hub enables researchers to receive a personalized service that allows them to pursue all aspects of their research safely and from anywhere.

  • Visit Us


    The AHC is open for research with a pre-approved appointment. Visit the links below to plan your visit! 

  • Archival Collections


    Browse the Public Portal to explore the AHC’s vast collecting areas, from Wyoming and Western history to Hollywood and the history of the entertainment industry, to the Transcontinental Railroad and America’s transportation industries, to mineral, coal, and oil extraction, to journalism, Women’s Suffrage, and diversity in the West.

June Featured Collection

Caroline Lockhart deatured collection

Caroline Lockhart papers

Caroline Lockhart (1871-1962) was a newspaper publisher, writer of Western novels and stories, journalist, rancher, and rodeo sponsor. She moved to Cody, Wyoming, in 1904 and remained in the area the rest of her life. From 1919-1925 she owned the weekly newspaper "Park County Enterprise", which was renamed the "Cody Enterprise" in 1922. She authored several novels, including "Me, Smith", "The Lady Shepherdess", and "Lady Doc". She had cattle ranching interests in the Cody area and was credited with founding the annual Cody Stampede. She retired to her ranch at Dryhead, Montana, near the Crow Indian Reservation. The collection includes correspondence (1908-1960); diaries (1898, 1918-1942); ledgers (1941-1942); photographs, including four albums; manuscripts of articles and books; legal documents, including her 1953 will and a 1959 trust agreement; materials on the Cody Stampede; artifacts; and miscellaneous materials.

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About Us

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. Connect with us on our social media platforms - Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Virmuze, and our blog - where we are #ALWAYS ARCHIVING.  

 

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boxes of archival collections at the American Heritage Center

Visitor Information

Contact Us

Phone: (307) 766-3756
Fax: (307) 766-5511
Email: ahcref@uwyo.edu
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Hours of Operation

As of January 2022, the AHC’s Reading Room is open from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm. Entrance is by appointment only. The public galleries are open from 10:00 to 5:00 and closed from 1:00-1:30 for lunch. Covid may alter these hours. For up-to-date information and to make an appointment, please visit our How to Visit Guide

Parking

Parking in the Centennial Complex lot is free but patrons must register (M-F 8 am-5 pm) at the AHC front desk. Special parking regulations are in effect during game days, please call in advance for more information.

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The latest news and press releases from the American Heritage Center.

 

Street Address

Centennial Complex
2111 Willett Drive
Laramie, WY 82071 

Mailing Address

For US Postal Service:
American Heritage Center
University of Wyoming
1000 E. University Ave.
Dept. 3924
Laramie, WY 82071

For UPS & FedEx:
American Heritage Center
University of Wyoming
16th & Gibbon Street
Laramie, WY 82071
Attn: Bill Hopkins

1000 E. University Ave. Laramie, WY 82071
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