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Centennial Complex

Designed by internationally prominent architect Antoine Predock to represent both an "archival mountain" and a town at the foot of the mountain, this dramatic building contains the collections of the American Heritage Center and the UW Art Museum. It is located at 2111 Willett Drive, just north of the Arena Auditorium and War Memorial Stadium.

American Heritage Center

Ivan Gaetz, Interim Director and Dean of UW Libraries
(307) 766-4114
Web site:

The American Heritage Center (AHC) is the university’s repository of manuscripts collections, its rare books library, and its official archives. The Center is one of the largest and most consulted non-governmental repositories in the United States.  In 2010 it was recognized as one of the most distinguished archives in the nation when it received the Society of American Archivists’ Distinguished Service Award.

The Center places service to UW undergraduates, graduate students, and faculty as its highest priority. However, because the AHC’s collections are known worldwide, UW undergraduates using the Center’s holdings might be working alongside scholars from Japan or Nigeria or the producers of PBS’s American Experience.

The AHC’s collections are of interest to far more than history majors. Each year Center archivists work with students in more than two dozen disciplines at UW: Art, African-American Studies, Agricultural Education, American Indian Studies, American Studies, Anthropology, Botany, Business Administration, Civil Engineering, Creative Writing, Energy Law, Geography and Recreation, History, International Studies, Lab School, English, Music, Nursing, Pharmacy, Political Science, Religious Studies, Secondary Education, Sociology, University Studies, Women’s Studies, Zoology.  The AHC also works with a dozen public school classes annually.

• Like most major university repositories, the AHC collects both regionally and nationally in select areas.  Major subject concentrations of the 75,000 cubic foot manuscript collections include Wyoming and the American West, the mining and petroleum industries, Western politics and leadership, conservation, journalism, transportation, and 20th century entertainment such as popular music, radio, television, and film.

• The Toppan Library is the University’s rare book center. More than 50,000 items range from medieval illuminated manuscripts to the 21st century. Subject strengths include the American West, British and American literature, early exploration of North America, religion, hunting and fishing, natural history, women authors, and the book arts. Unlike most rare book libraries, it is an active teaching site and welcomes both undergraduates and the public.

The AHC website has earned several national awards. Our digital collections contain 100,000+ photos and historical documents:

The faculty archivists of the AHC are state, regional, national, and international leaders in their fields, speaking and publishing on historical, archival, and library topics. Several teach national workshops. The Center’s reference archivists are leaders in their profession in undergraduate outreach and instruction. Students and faculty are encouraged to visit and make use of the collections – no appointments are necessary. The American Heritage Center hours are: Reading Room (M, 10am-7pm, Tu-F, 8am-5pm) / Toppan LIbrary (M-F, 8:30am-5pm) / Building (M-F, 8am-5pm).

American Heritage Center Faculty:

SARA C. DAVIS, B.A. University of Wyoming 2005; 2012; M.S.L.S. Simmons College 2016; Associate Archivist 2018.
RACHEL GATTERMEYER, B.A. The Ohio State University 2013; M.L.I.S. University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign 2015; Assistant Archivist 2018.
B.A. Indiana University 1992; M.A. University of Wyoming 1998; Archivist 2017, 1999.
ANNE MARIE LANE, B.A. University of Missouri 1973; M.A. University of Kansas 1980; M.L.S. University of Arizona 1992; Archivist/Curator of Rare Books 2016, 1995.
MOLLY MARCUSSE, B.A. University of Michigan 2010; M.L.S. University of Maryland 2013; Assistant Archivist 2015.
B.A. University of Texas, Austin 1995; M.L.I.S. 2000; Associate Archivist 2012, 2007, 2000.
D. CLAUDIA THOMPSON, B.A. Metropolitan State College, Denver 1977; M.A. University of Denver 1978; Archivist 2016, 1995.
AMANDA STOW, B.A. Colorado State University 2004; M.L.I.S. University of Denver 2007; Assistant Archivist 2012.
JOHN WAGGENER, B.A. University of Wyoming 1994; M.A. 2001; Associate Archivist 2012, 2007, 2000.

Art Museum

Marianne Eileen Wardle, Director
(307) 766-6622
Web site:

Located on the east side of campus in the award-winning Centennial Complex, the Art Museum was established to "bring the world of art to Wyoming." As an academic museum and a leader in the arts, the Art Museum collects, preserves, exhibits and interprets visual art from around the world to challenge, inspire and educate the people of Wyoming and beyond, and serves as a gathering place for interdisciplinary discourse, dialogue and community interaction.

The Art Museum's permanent collection is comprised of over 8,000 objects, which includes European and American paintings, prints, sculpture and drawings as well as special collections of 18th and 19th century Japanese Ukiyo-e prints, 15th through 19th century Persian and Indian miniature paintings, 20th century Haitian art, 20th century Japanese netsuke, 20th century and contemporary photography, and Rapa Nui, Papua New Guinea, African, and Native American artifacts. From 15th century Old Master prints to French Rococo, German Expressionism, Fauvism, Modernism, Surrealism, Abstract Expressionism and Contemporary Art, the collection of paintings, drawings, prints, sculpture, photography, and arts of many cultures and periods, all relate to the development of American art, historically and in all forms.

Exhibitions support the academic mission of the University of Wyoming, provide original resource material for students of all ages, and enhance the cultural life of Wyoming's citizens and visitors. The Art Museum features an average of 8-10 exhibitions annually. Exhibitions rotate generally on a semester schedule, allowing professors to incorporate original artwork into their curriculum and providing access for students to view and use the exhibitions as a resource for original research and scholarship. The schedule typically combines exhibitions curated from the permanent collection, contemporary art by regional, national and international artists, and art from the American West.

Through its Museum as Classroom approach, the University of Wyoming Art Museum places art at the center of learning for all ages, supports the academic mission of the University, assists in preparing our future workforce with essential skills, and enhances the cultural life of Wyoming’s citizens and visitors. The Art Museum provides extensive education programs for all ages, including preschool through 12th grade, university students and adults. Using the museum's exhibitions as inspiration, participants create their own art and experience an investigative studio process. Learning from the masters is the museum's key objective and all classes are based on the model of observing, questioning, exploring, creating, and reflecting. In the spring of 2013, the Art Museum initiated a teaching gallery model in the Guthrie Special Exhibitions Teaching Gallery. Works of art are selected with faculty and the installation is divided into four sections, one exhibition per wall for each class. While the gallery is designed to meet the needs of the academic community, it is also open to the public in order to demonstrate connections between the Art Museum and teaching across the curriculum, supporting UW’s academic mission. The Art Museum works with faculty to use the collection as a teaching resource and encourages the opportunity for students to study original artwork. The Art Museum's Resource Room is available for curator led class visits to view artwork from that collection on on exhibit in the galleries. Students are also welcome to use the collection and Resource Room for individual research projects and internships.

Art Express, the museum's outreach programs, include the Ann Simpson Artmobile Program and the Touring Exhibition Service, which provide Museum as Classroom opportunities to Wyoming people in even the most remote communities. The Artmobile brings original art and a museum educator to provide programs in schools, community centers, libraries and art and senior centers. The Artmobile brings original art and a museum educator to Wyoming's communities for programs in schools, community centers, museums, and galleries. The Touring Exhibition Service circulates as many as eight exhibitions of original art to venues across the state and beyond.

The Museum Store offers museum publications (exhibition catalogs and posters), collection notecards and reproduction prints, and unique logo items that include tote bags, t-shirts, and lapel pins.

The Art Museum is free to all and is open Monday through Saturday, 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Hours are extended to include Mondays until 7 pm in the months of February, March, April, September, October, and November. Additional information on the Art Museum is available on its webpage,; Facebook (University of Wyoming Art Museum), Instagram (#uwartmuseum) and YouTube (uwartmuseum). 

Art Museum Faculty

HEATHER BENDER, B.A. Salisbury State University 1991; M.A. University of Wyoming 2015; Master Teacher 2009.
KATIE CHRISTENSEN, B.F.A. University of Wyoming 2003; M.F.A. Bowling Green State University 2011; Curator of Education and Statewide Engagement/Assistant Lecturer 2015. 
NICOLE CRAWFORD, B.A. University of Nebraska 1997; M.A. 2005; Chief Curator/Associate Lecturer 2017, 2009.
MARIANNE EILEEN WARDLE, B.A. Utah State University 1992; M.A. Brigham Young University 1997; Ph.D. Duke University 2010; Director 2018.

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