State Archives celebrates American Archives Month

WYOMING — In celebration of American Archives Month, the Wyoming State Archives created a list of “5 Things We Bet You Didn’t Know About the Wyoming State Archives!”

So, without further ado, here they are:

  1. You can access the Wyoming State Archives from Home.

Many of the State Archives’ digital resources are available online. Things like historical photographs, newspapers, maps, oral history interviews, and the Wyoming Blue Books, a one-stop-shop for information on the history of Wyoming government, and a variety of other information. Just go to wyohistory.org and start browsing!

  1. What do you want to know about your Wyoming?  You can research your family, town, school, and lots more. Got a question about Wyoming’s history? Wyoming State Archives likey has an answer.

The Wyoming State Archives is a great resource for Wyoming’s information and history. Information on historical events, the famous and infamous, community history, and more are available. Plus, reference archivists are available to help you with your informational search. With decades of combined experience using the materials, if they don’t have an answer to your question, they usually know where to look for it. There’s a reason why many authors visit the archives to research information for their books and articles.

  1. The Archives has a database of historic Wyoming Photographic collections.

The Wyoming State Archives houses the photographic collections of J.E. Stimson, Frank Meyers, Thomas Carrigen, Miller-Meyers, and Fendley. These historical photos are available for framing, use in books, etc for a small fee.  Start looking now at http://spcrphotocollection.wyo.gov/luna/servlet/SPCRACV~3~3 and you’ll be lost in history before you know it. And, you can come in to see their 250,000 photo collection any time, too!

  1. Archives are digital, too.

This year the State Archives added the 1,000,000th file to our Digital Archives. The State Archives has a secure way to save and manage all those digital files, so the state’s history will be preserved, no matter what format the records are in.

  1. You can be a part of history.

The Wyoming State Archives, along with the Wyoming State Museum and American Heritage Center in Laramie, is documenting the COVID-19 pandemic and requests public submissions. Items like diaries, written accounts, videos, vlogs, pictures, and other documents will provide researchers in the future a better picture of life during the current pandemic. Collecting these items now will ensure that the memories survive. The more stories that are added, the more complete a picture scholars of the future will see. We welcome submissions from any and all viewpoints, and communities large and small.

American Archives Month is a collaborative effort by professional organizations and repositories around the nation to highlight the importance of records of enduring value. Archivists are professionals who assess, collect, organize, preserve, maintain control of, and provide access to information that has lasting value, and they help people find and understand the information they need in those records.

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