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American Heritage Center

October Featured Collection

Isberg woman with gun

Isberg Family Papers

Christian Isberg (1839-1908) was a native of Sweden who came to Laramie, Wyoming, in 1868, when the town was first founded as a supply depot for the Union Pacific Railroad. Isberg settled in the town, and he and his wife (Emily?) had two sons, William H. and John, and a daughter, Emily. William H. Isberg graduated from Laramie High School in 1895. He was a clerk in the dry goods department of other Laramie stores before opening his own establishment. William was an amateur photographer who took pictures of Laramie streets and events. His wife, Ginx Rich Isberg, was also an amateur photographer. The couple enjoyed camping, hunting, and picnicking. Their excursions with parties of friends into the surrounding area provided opportunities for many photographs of their activities. Collection contains photographs, scrapbooks, and other family documents regarding the Isberg family.

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About Us

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. Connect with us on our social media platforms - Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Virmuze, and our blog - where we are #ALWAYS ARCHIVING.  

 

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Centennial Complex
2111 Willett Drive
Laramie, WY 82071 

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University of Wyoming
1000 E. University Ave.
Dept. 3924
Laramie, WY 82071

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University of Wyoming
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