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The American Heritage Center

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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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Welcome to the AHC

The American Heritage Center (AHC) is the University of Wyoming's (UW) repository of manuscripts collections, rare books, and the university archives. Many universities have primary source repositories. Few have repositories as extensive and significant as the AHC. More importantly, few universities have such repositories as welcoming and accessible to undergraduate and graduate students. Internationally known for its historical collections the AHC first and foremost serves the students and citizens of Wyoming. The AHC sponsors a wide range of scholarly and popular programs including lectures, symposia, and exhibits. Not a dusty attic or an exclusive sanctuary, the AHC is a welcoming, lively, place where both experts and novices engage with the original sources of history. Access is free and open to all.

Spring/Summer Closures

  • Memorial Day:  Monday, May 25, 2015
  • Independence Day Observance: Friday, July 3, 2015

Cultural Trust Fund Project

Governor F. Chatterton
Fenimore Chatterton was the governor of Wyoming when Tom Horn was hanged in November 1903. 
During his interview he talks about Horn and the trial.
The American Heritage Center recently completed a project funded by the Wyoming Cultural Trust Fund.  The project included digitizing Wyoming Brand Books from 1873 to 1927 and digitizing and transcribing the more than sixty oral history interviews conducted in the late 1940s and early 1950s by staff of what is today the AHC.  Both the Brand Books and the audio of the interviews can now be found on our Digital Collections page.

Many of the interviews include information about popular Wyoming history topics, such as ranch and rodeo life.  Also included are a number of interviews about the trial of Tom Horn, the establishment of the Campfire Girls in Wyoming, and interviews of Bill Carlisle, the “Gentleman Bandit,” and Rose Ecoffey, Princess Bluewater.

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