American Heritage Center

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The American Heritage Center, founded in 1945, is the manuscripts repository, official archives, and rare books library for the University of Wyoming. It is one of the largest and most actively used non-governmental repositories in the US. Its manuscripts and archives holdings total roughly 75,000 cubic feet; the Toppan Rare Books Library contains approximately 60,000 volumes; as of 2011 the Center's digital repository contained about 100,000 items. The AHC administers Wyoming History Day for the state, produces a variety of public programming, creates at least one new exhibit each year that then joins the robust traveling exhibit program. Parking, use of the collections, and attendance at programs are all free of charge. Website





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







Schedule & hours

Mondays 10:00am-9:00pm; Tuesdays-Fridays 8:00am-5:00pm; closed from Christmas Eve through first of January.

Working language(s)


Directions to the archive


• Major areas of the 75,000 cubic foot manuscript collections include Wyoming and the American West, the mining and petroleum industries, Western politics and leadership, conservation, journalism, transportation, and 20th century entertainment such as popular music, radio, television, and film. Like most major university repositories, the AHC collects both regionally and nationally in select areas.
• The Toppan Library is the University’s rare book center. More than 55,000 items range from medieval illuminated manuscripts to the 21st century. Subject strengths include the American West, British and American literature, early exploration of North America, religion, hunting and fishing, natural history, women authors, and the book arts. Unlike most rare book libraries, it is an active teaching site.
• Main catalog set “search scope” to “American Heritage Center.”
• Online finding aids accessible through link on catalog record or independently at
• Digital collections available at

Research procedures


Drivers license or equivalent required to research; appointments are not necessary, but encouraged.

Permitted and prohibited items

  • Permitted:laptops, cameras
  • Prohibited:personal scanners, pens, food, drink

Document ordering and delivery

At least six boxes can be ordered at once, but only one at a time may be in use; boxes are retreived usually within 15 minutes of call slip being completed.

Photocopying, photography, microfilming

For reproduction costs, see

Key individuals

Mark A. Greene, Director; Ginny Kilander, Head of Reference Services; Anne Marie Lane, Curator of Rare Books.


Washrooms, lockers, and vending machines on site; restaurants approximately four blocks away

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