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Collections|American Heritage Center

Sports and Recreation Collections


The AHC primarily has collections documenting several areas of recreation relevant to Wyoming, including fishing, hunting, trapping, guns and shooting, forest and parks usage, mountaineering, and dude ranching. Of particular note are the holdings related rodeo.

Some of our prominent Sports and Recreation holdings are detailed below. Additional holdings can be located by searching our online inventories (select University of Wyoming as the institution), or by searching our online catalog.

Noteworthy Collections

Walt Bailey Papers

Walt Bailey was a chemistry professor and founder of the “Wyoming Mountaineers” climbing club at Casper College. He passed away in 1958 from high altitude pulmonary edema while climbing Alpamayo in Peru. His papers contain fifteen small spiral notebooks used by Walt Bailey to record his experiences while mountain climbing in Wyoming, Colorado, and New Mexico, (1951-1957).


Kenny Sailors Collection

The Kenny Sailors Collection consists of oral history interviews conducted with Kenny Sailors from 2010 to 2012. The interviews document the life of Kenny Sailors with an emphasis on his childhood years growing up on a farm in Hillsdale, playing basketball at the University of Wyoming, playing professional basketball, his military service during World War II, his career as a dude rancher and hunting guide and outfitter in Jackson Hole and in Alaska, and his political career.


University of Wyoming Athletics Department Records

The Intercollegiate Athletics collection is mostly comprised of films of UW football and basketball games. There is a fairly complete run of football games dating from 1936 to 1997. A fairly complete run of basketball games dates from 1971-1997, with a few films existing outside these dates. About 5% of the films document other UW sports from the 1980s and 1990s. The collection also includes scrapbooks of newspaper clippings for UW football and basketball (1920-1946), and a small portion of football schedules and game brochures (1955-1969).


Neal L. Blair Papers

Blair was an author, Wyoming Game and Fish Commission deputy game warden ,and manager/editor of special publications. His papers contain personal files, publications, photographs, and subject files from his time as a deputy game warden, photographs used in Wyoming Game and Fish Commission publications, other publications, and research and subject files.


Wyoming Outdoor Council Records

The Wyoming Outdoor Council is a private organization concerned with the conservation of natural resources in Wyoming. The collection contains correspondence (1966-1980) and subject files (1954-1983), containing newspaper clippings, reports, research notes and reports regarding conservation, recreation, industrial development, the petroleum and mining industries, environmental protection, land use and water resources in Wyoming.


Izaak Walton League of America, Wyoming Division Records

The Izaak Walton League was formed in Chicago by a group of fishermen in 1922. The League quickly became a national organization committed to the preservation of natural resources with local chapters and state divisions established across the U.S. The records of the Wyoming Division document its activities in the preservation of natural resources and wildlife conservation, land use and grazing policies, fencing on public lands, national parks, national League conventions, the Bureau of Land Management, the National Park Service, the U.S. Forest Service, the Wyoming Outdoor Council, and the Wyoming Department of Game and Fish.


Abraham J. Morris, Jr. Papers

The Abraham J. Morris, Jr. papers contain material relating to his career as one of the first African-American bull riders to be on the professional rodeo circuit. He was also a rodeo announcer, television commentator, and he was a writer for various rodeo-related magazines.


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