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Resources for Students

There are a number of ways to start preparing for next year's History Day contest. See below from some links to resources and recommendations for successful projects.

Resources on the Web

American Heritage Center, serves as the University of Wyoming's repository of manuscript collections, rare books, and the UW Archives. Their collections include the raw data of humanistic and interdisciplinary research. It is a laboratory for citizens and scholars to engage with primary sources in all formats that support the creation of historical narratives, interrogate the past, build community, and pose and answer questions about the human experience.

WyoHistory.org (Wyoming’s Online Encyclopedia) http://www.wyohistory.org/

  • Mission: The mission of WyoHistory.org is to encourage exploration of Wyoming and its past by building and maintaining a permanent, interactive encyclopedia of Wyoming history as an ongoing project of the Wyoming State Historical Society. It went live in May 2011.
  • A collection of Oral Histories may be found at http://www.wyohistory.org/oral-histories

Wyoming State Archives http://wyoarchives.state.wy.us/

  • The Archives’ Historical Photograph Collection includes more than 500,000 images of Wyoming and the Rocky Mountain region. Topics include cowboys, ranches, buildings, scenic views, studio portraits, local communities, historic events, aerial photographs, and much more.  http://spcrphotocollection.wyo.gov/luna/servlet/SPCRACV~3~3

Library of Congress https://www.loc.gov/

National Archives and DocsTeach https://www.docsteach.org/

The Wyoming Newspaper Project http://newspapers.wyo.gov/

  • Making Wyoming’s historic newspapers available to the world for education and historical research, including genealogy, is the cornerstone of Wyoming Newspapers. Wyoming Newspapers currently includes over 340 historic Wyoming newspapers and more than 800,000 pages, the earliest is the Chugg Water Journal from 1849.

Buffalo Bill Center of the West https://centerofthewest.org/

 Wyoming Department of State Parks and Cultural Resources http://wyospcr.state.wy.us/

Wyoming Public Media http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/

Using AHC Collections

You can learn more about material available for use in your History Day project by browsing AHC collections on this website. You can also search collection inventories, as well as catalog records. You may also wish to review a list of Popular Research Topics at the AHC.

Pointers for Successful History Day Projects

Skill-building Exercises


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