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While our building may be closed to most researchers, the AHC is still open for business. Archivists are on-site and working to provide you with access to collection material. Check out the AHC Virtual Resource Hub or get in touch:


   -     307-766-3756 (M-F 10am-3pm)

   -     Researcher Request Form

   -     Ask a Question Form

   -     Schedule a Zoom consultation by phone or email



 November 13, 2020 update: 

The American Heritage Center’s Reading Room is now closed for the fall 2020 research season.


The American Heritage Center has decided to close its Reading Room and to remain closed into the start of the new year.
This follows the University of Wyoming’s decision to “...transition to Phase 4 of its fall 2020 semester Monday, Nov. 16, a week earlier than scheduled, because of the significant increase in COVID-19 cases among the UW community and in the state.”  []  In recent weeks, Covid cases in Wyoming have increased to the point that it has become one of the nation’s highest per-capita areas of infection. It is much more dangerous to visit now and to have extended, public, indoor interaction with people than it has been at any time since the start of pandemic restrictions in March 2020.
The AHC has been able to provide on-site access for UW researchers participating in the Covid-19 testing program, and by advance appointment only, for more than six weeks this semester. We are sorry that our reading room is now closed, but glad we could provide this level of access for UW users. 
Archivists continue to work on-site to provide researchers with a variety of remote services and remote modes of access to its materials. Please visit the Virtual Resources Hub to learn more about the services we offer and to contact an archivist.  We plan to re-open to researchers in the Spring semester, 2021, when it is safe to do so, and according to University of Wyoming guidelines. Please watch this page for updates.
If you are a student working on, or thinking about working on, a Wyoming History Day project, please visit [insert link] There you will find digitized primary source materials on a variety of topics relating to this year’s theme.  More topics and historic materials are being added each week, so be sure to stop by regularly. You will also find information about WHD and National History Day on the site.
You can follow these updates on the Covid-19 Changes and the AHC page.
Thank you for understanding. We hope all of our researchers stay safe and healthy.

American Heritage Center

 Heart Mountain Internment Camp - Kids with snowballs in road

November Featured Collection 

The Estelle Ishigo photographs were gathered for use in her book Lone Heart Mountain and many of them were published there. The original drawings and sketches were created by Estelle Ishigo while she was interned with her Japanese-American husband at the Heart Mountain Relocation Camp between Cody and Powell, Wyoming. Some were originally intended for use in the camp newspaper, the Heart Mountain Sentinel, and for an official project report for the U.S. government. She continued to sketch Japanese-American community life in their new home after the war in a trailer camp, still surrounded by barbed wire, in Lomita, California.

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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American Heritage Center Reading Room
Beginning Sept 28, 2020
Monday thru Friday, 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
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Beginning Sept 28, 2020
Monday thru Friday, 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Limited Access
Closed Saturday and Sunday

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Closures may happen unexpectedly due to the pandemic.
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