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American Studies

College of Arts & Sciences

Resources for Research

The late William Robertson Coe, industrialist, philanthropist and sometime resident of Cody, Wyoming, endowed the University in the 1950s with funds to sustain and develop its American Studies program. Along with supporting the academic program, this Coe fund has allowed the acquisition of extensive library and archival materials in Americana, making the University an important research center for American Studies scholarship.

William Robertson Coe Library
Coe Library's cataloged collections total over 700,000 volumes, periodical and serial titles. In addition, the Library provides extensive microforms collections and over 150,000 maps, and serves as a depository for United States government publications. Because of the collection's early emphasis on American Studies, Coe Library is capable of sustaining Ph.D. level research projects.

Through participation in the Colorado Alliance of Research Libraries (CARL), the Bibliographical Center for Research in Denver, on-line information retrieval systems and the interlibrary loan network, access is provided to other library resources from throughout the nation and the world. Membership is also maintained in the Chicago-based Center for Research Libraries, a special library of some 3.5 million volumes and over 27,700 current serials not held by the University.

The American Heritage Center
The Centennial Complex is one of the largest and most significant archives in the western United States. Among the more than 75,000 cubic feet of material located in the American Heritage Center, there are significant concentrations on western Life, photographic history, Hollywood, the history of technology and early television.

The center's basic objectives are to gather, preserve and make available for research materials pertaining to the many facets of our American heritage, particularly the American West. Currently the center houses some 13,000 collections in the fields of western history, politics, transportation, livestock, rare books, contemporary American history and the performing arts. The collections are a varied accumulation of personal documents, professional papers, corporate records, historical photographs, films and memorabilia.

The Wyoming Council for the Humanities
This federally- supported organization, located on campus, funds public humanities projects throughout the state. Grants and fellowships are available through the American Studies program and individually.

Buffalo Bill Historical Center
The center, located in Cody, Wyoming, offers fine research opportunities and a range of summer courses focusing on the West. The American Studies Program has an established internship program at the center.


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