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Emmett D. Chisum Special Collections

Emmett D. Chisum Special Collections supports the mission of the University of Wyoming Libraries to provide information resources and services to meet the instructional, research, and outreach needs of UW Students, faculty and staff. It also serves the research needs of Wyoming citizens as well as researchers from around the world. There are more than 90,000 published items located within Chisum Special Collections primarily related to Wyoming's history and culture.

Frequently Asked Questions

Email us at or call 307-766-2027 to reach the reading room. We are located on level 3 of Coe Library. Though scheduling an appointment is not required, it allows staff time to pull your requested items and any other materials that may assist you in your research. 
Yes! The reading room is a warm, quiet place with a beautiful view. Come to study, read, or research our collections.
There are more than 90,000 published items primarily related to Wyoming's history and culture, including books, maps, microfilm, newspapers, periodicals, government documents, and ephemera. Our Canoso Collection is unique in that it is not specific to Wyoming, and it contains miniature artists' books. 
All Special Collections items must stay in Chisum Special Collections. Materials will be scanned for in-house use, and they must be returned before you leave the room.
To protect our collections, we ask that you do not eat, drink, or use writing tools other than pencils in the reading room. These items, including backpacks and other bags, must be placed in the shelves provided.
We do not have a scanner in the reading room currently. You are welcome to take photos with your cell phone or a staff member may take the requested item and scan it to a flash drive or email address on level 2 at no cost. If you need more than 20 pages scanned, please work with the Interlibrary Loan department to fulfill this request.


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Dept. 3334
1000 E. University Ave.
Laramie, WY 82071
(307) 766-3190
(800) 442-6757