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American Heritage Center



AHC will begin limited public access on September 10, 2020.

The American Heritage Center is currently closed due to Covid-19 precautions. The Center plans a phased opening in coming months. Phase 1 will begin on September 10 with use of the public reading room by approved appointment only. Appointments will be available between noon and 4:00 pm. This is limited to University of Wyoming students, faculty and staff who have gone through UW’s Fall Opening requirements. Appointments can be made by sending an email to Later phases will broaden access to other researchers.

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

American Heritage Center

University of Wyoming Greek Class 1898

August Featured Collection 

The S.H. Knight collection contains materials documenting the University of Wyoming's history and Knight's career as a geologist and University of Wyoming professor. It includes Knight's undergraduate and graduate course work and materials from his teaching and geological research such as publications, maps, and research. This collection also contains records from Knight's involvement with campus organizations and activities including the athletics and geology departments, the geology museum, UW Science Camp, and yearbook photos. A large portion of this collection is audio/visual material such as photographs, negatives, lantern slides, and films. Much of this material documents UW's history and shows buildings, landscapes, students, faculty, and activities. Other photographs are from Knight's geological research and include Wyoming landscapes and rock cutouts.

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
Monday, 10:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Tuesday - Friday, 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
307-766-3756 or

Toppan Rare Books Library
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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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