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American Heritage Center



AHC Closed Until Further Notice:

As of Wednesday, March 18, the American Heritage Center and the Centennial Complex will be closed to public access and drop-in traffic. The reading room will not be open to patrons. These measures aim to help slow or stop the spread of the Covid-19 virus. We expect to be open by mid-August, along with the University of Wyoming's Fall semester opening

Online access to digital materials and patron requests are available as usual. Please email the AHC Reference Desk at if you have questions.


Please see our full list of accommodations to help our patrons during our temporary closures.

American Heritage Center

Pages from Edit K.O. Clark diaries 1934

June Featured Collection 

Elmer Floyd Lovejoy was a Laramie, Wyoming, businessman and inventor. He came to Laramie in 1883 for health reasons and soon developed an interest in mechanics. He opened a general repair shop, Lovejoy Novelty Works, at 412 S. 2nd St. in 1893, and a few years later he built a steam-powered automobile incorporating design innovations of his own. In 1902, he built and drove Laramie's first steam-driven automobile. In 1905, he invented an automobile steering gear, and in 1918 and 1921 he patented designs for automatic garage door openers. Lovejoy also operated a dealership for Franklin automobiles. Lovejoy was active in the Laramie Bicycle Club and was an amateur photographer. The collection includes a record book, film, correspondence, and patents of this Laramie, Wyoming businessman and inventor.

Past featured collections:

#Always Archiving

More than 100 years ago, Grace Raymond Hebard—UW faculty member, administrator, librarian, and Wyoming historian—began collecting the papers and reminiscences of Wyoming’s pioneers. Her research on the history of Wyoming, the West, emigrant trails, and Native Americans became the nucleus for what is known today as the American Heritage Center (AHC). Officially established in 1945, the Center now holds over 90,000 cubic feet of historic documents and artifacts in more than 3500 collections—placing the AHC among the largest non-governmental archives in the nation.

Today, the AHC contains important holdings in numerous areas. Its western history archives include materials on early women’s suffrage and political achievements, native Americans, ranching, politics, authors, and under-documented communities. Other featured collecting areas include transportation (railroad, highway and air travel), mining and energy extraction, entertainment and popular culture (with important collections featuring Hollywood, music, radio, television and the comic book industry), natural resources and the environment, and military history. The AHC also serves as the primary archives for the University of Wyoming. We are #ALWAYS ARCHIVING.

boxes of archival collections at the American Heritage Center

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Laramie, WY 82071

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American Heritage Center Reading Room
Monday, 10:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Tuesday - Friday, 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
307-766-3756 or

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AHC Building (Centennial Complex) 
Monday, 8:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Tuesday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Saturday, 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. (Second Floor Loggia Only)
Closed Sunday

Upcoming Closures
Mon., May 25 - Memorial Day
Fri., July 3 - Independence Day observed
Mon., Sept. 7 - Labor Day

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Parking in the Centennial Complex lot is free but patrons must register (Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.) at the AHC Front Desk to avoid receiving possible parking tickets. Special parking regulations are in effect during game days, please call in advance for further information.

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UW American Heritage Center
1000 E. University Ave.
Dept. 3924
Laramie, WY 82071
Phone: (307) 766-4114
Fax: (307) 766-5511

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