The Civil Rights History Project: Survey of Collections and Repositories
University of Wyoming. American Heritage Center
Dept. 3924, 1000 E. University Avenue
Repository URL: http://www.uwyo.edu/ahc/
Repository code: wyuah
Repository description (extant): The American Heritage Center (AHC) is the University of Wyoming's (UW) repository of manuscripts collections, rare books, and the university archives. [. . .] The AHC was officially established in 1945. In the decades that followed, nearly 70,000 cubic feet of historically important documents and artifacts were acquired. The AHC is among the largest non-governmental archives in the nation, and between the Mississippi and the West Coast only the collections at the University of Texas-Austin compare in size and national importance.
AHC collections go beyond Wyoming's or the region's borders and support a wide range of research and teaching activities in the humanities, sciences, arts, business, and education.
Major areas of the 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 AHC has been a lead institution in the creation of three national standards: best practices for digitizing historic text and photos ; best practices for digitizing historic audio recordings; best practices for eliminating cataloging backlogs. In the past five years the AHC has received three national grants: from NEH to educate teachers from around the US on suffrage in the West; from the National Archives for backlog elimination standards; from the US Dept. of Education for the Wyoming Partnership for Civic Education.
[. . .] The AHC's mission is to make its holdings a visible, vital, and accessible resource for students, scholars, and the public. We are housed in an internationally acclaimed piece of architecture, designed by Antoine Predock, which opened in 1993 -- the Centennial Complex houses both the American Heritage Center and the University Art Museum.
Repository Notes (CRHP): Physical location: 2111 Willett Drive (Centennial Complex)
Repository type: University Special Collection
Wyoming heritage and contemporary values project records