Answered By: Harry L. Whitlock II
Last Updated: Jan 27, 2016     Views: 9

The only definitive book written is The Blizzard of '49: As Told by Those Who Saw, Endured and Survived What is Described as the Worst Blizzard in History (it is listed in the bibliography of the article on wyohistory.org referenced below).  Here is the link to the book in our catalog: http://uwcatalog.uwyo.edu/record=b6308413~S1  Unfortunately, this book can only be read in the Chisum Reading Room; it may not be checked out from the library or lent to another library.

Wyoming PBS produced a documentary titled Storm of the Century: The Blizzard of '49. It may be available to watch online at this URL:  http://www.wyomingpbs.org/blizzard49.php   If it is not available online, check with your local library to see if they have a copy of the DVD.

The Wyoming History Society has an article on their website, WyoHistory.org, about the storm. At the end of that article is a thorough bibliography which might lead you to other useful resources.

http://www.wyohistory.org/encyclopedia/notorious-blizzard-1949 

The bibliography provided with the article lists an article that appeared in Annals of Wyoming, (a journal published by the WHS). It can be read online at this link: https://archive.org/stream/annalsofwyom76142004wyom#page/n1/mode/2up  Hard copies of the journal can be accessed at Coe Library. Some of the state's public libraries have copies of the journal.

If you need additional assistance to conduct further research on this topic, you can contact Chisum Special Collections, a department in Coe Library that specializes in Wyoming History. They have many books about Wyoming and some historical newspapers. Their phone number is 307-766-2027 or you may email them at chisumrr@uwyo.edu.

In addition, the Media Collection at Coe Library contains microfilm of most Wyoming newspapers. Some of the sources cited in the WHS article are newspapers. The microfilm can be viewed in Coe Library or borrowed through interlibrary loan.

The American Heritage Center has some photographs available on their website. This link runs a search using the keyword "blizzard." Many interesting photographs of the 1949 blizzard are available to view.

You may also wish to contact the local historical society or local library where you live.

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