Answered By: Harry L. Whitlock II
Last Updated: Jun 30, 2017     Views: 12

The library holds many resources on Laramie (and Wyoming) history. Researchers should identify a specific research question or area in order to be directed to the most relevant collections.

There are many books available on Level 2 of Coe Library in the F761 to F769 sections. In addition, the Emmett Chisum Special Collections has many of these same texts plus other primary material. The material held in Special Collections may only be used in that department.

The American Heritage Center (AHC) also has many resources. There are many boxes of papers donated by prominent citizens of Laramie, Wyoming, and the United States. Be aware that the AHC is not part of the library, although their holdings are listed in the UW Libraries catalog. This link is to the AHC website. This FAQ explains the resources of the AHC and its relationship with the UW Libraries.

This link will display the results of all items found in Coe, Special Collections, and the AHC under the subject heading of "Laramie, (Wyo.) History."  

In addition to books and papers, there are many newspapers available. Microforms of early Laramie and Albany County newspapers are available on Level 1. Print versions of the some of the early years of the Laramie Boomerang are available in Special Collections. This library guide describes how to access the different newspaper sources. This link is to a finding guide for Laramie newspapers.

Another source of information is the journal of the Wyoming Historical Society: Annals of Wyoming. This FAQ provides information on how to access these journals.

Census records up through 1940 are available in Special Collections and through the UW Library subscription to Ancestry.com. UW-affiliated patrons can log onto the Ancestry database directly; public patrons must use the public computers.

Researchers should contact the Albany County Historical Society and the Laramie Plains Museum. Members, staff, and volunteers with those organizations are very knowledgeable about local history.

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