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UW's American Heritage Center Receives $10,000 Grant

August 25, 2010

he American Heritage Center (AHC) -- the University of Wyoming's manuscript repository, university archives and rare books library -- has received a $10,000 grant from the Wyoming Cultural Trust Fund to digitize its premier Wyoming-based photographic collections.

The collections, which include the works of Charles J. Belden, Frank J. Meyers, Hugo Janssen, Stephen N. Leek, W. B. D. and Annette Gray and James K. Moore, are regarded as one of the most compelling visual archives related to the early history and development of the state of Wyoming.

"Few more powerful expressions of Wyoming's cultural past may be found in any similar collection or medium," wrote History Professor Phil Roberts in a support letter to the Cultural Trust Fund.

After digitizing the approximately 7,300 images from the six photographers, the AHC will make them available on its Digital Collections Web site at http://digitalcollections.uwyo.edu/luna. For more information, contact Ben Goldman, AHC digital programs archivist, at (307) 766-5614 or e-mailbgoldma3@uwyo.edu.

The AHC's collections focus on Wyoming and the Rocky Mountain West and nationally on the topics of environment and conservation, the mining and petroleum industries, air and rail transportation, the performing arts (particularly radio, television, film, and popular music), journalism, U.S. military history and book history.

To learn more about the AHC, go to the official Web site at http://ahc.uwyo.edu.




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