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Virtual Reference Services

Connect with an Archivist!

While our building may be closed, the AHC is still

open for business behind-the scenes.

Archivists are on-site and working to provide access to the collection material.  We are ready to answer your questions, retrieve collection boxes, and make scans/photocopies.

Here is how to contact us:



September 28: Stage One AHC Re-Opening for UW employees & students only, by appointment.

Monday thru Friday, 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. with limited access.
Closed Saturday and Sunday 

We are excited to announce that the American Heritage Center Reading Room plans to re-open for on-site research, by approved pre-appointment only, for UW employees and students beginning on September 28.  We will have limited hours (10-4, weekdays only), limited seating (8 researchers maximum), and additional rules will be in place. Masks and social distancing are required, as is a daily “Green Card” pass from the Covid Pass website.

Please use this application for On-Site Research appointments.

A re-opening plan for patrons outside of UW is being developed. Please watch for these announcements.

The AHC works to balance safety and access during this unprecedented time. All on-site access/procedures are subject to change as necessary and to conform UW Covid-19 policies.


Please see our full list of accommodations to help our patrons during our temporary closure.

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October Featured Collection 

Richard Throssel (1882-1933) was a Cree photographer, who documented life on the Crow Reservation at the beginning of the 20th century. Throssel is best known for his photographs of the Crow Reservation from 1902-1911. These photographs of the Crows, which cover ceremonies, dances, scenes of everyday life, as well as individual and group portraits, are not only priceless historical documents they are, very simply, beautiful photographs

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. We are #ALWAYS ARCHIVING.

boxes of archival collections at the American Heritage Center

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Laramie, WY 82071

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Hours of Operation

American Heritage Center Reading Room
Beginning Sept 28, 2020
Monday thru Friday, 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Limited Access
Closed Saturday and Sunday 
307-766-3756 or

Toppan Rare Books Library
Contact Reference Services to set up an appointment to visit
307-766-3756 or

AHC Building (Centennial Complex) 
Beginning Sept 28, 2020
Monday thru Friday, 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Limited Access
Closed Saturday and Sunday

Upcoming Closures
Closures may happen unexpectedly due to the pandemic.
Contact the Reading Room for latest information.

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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.

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UW American Heritage Center
Phone: (307) 766-4114
Fax: (307) 766-5511

1000 E. University Ave. Laramie, WY 82071
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