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Wyoming Newspapers Digitization Project
Wyoming Newspapers is a free online resource that catalogs the Cowboy State's newspapers of the past. With more than 800,000 pages in the archive, this website is a treasure trove of historical information that genealogists, students, and scholars will find invaluable. Every story is a first-hand account of local news from days-gone-by and new material is added as it's discovered. Our oldest publication is the hand-written Chugg Water Journal, which dates back to 1849 and promised to publish "occasionally and sometimes oftener, if not sooner."
Wyoming Places Project
How did the town of Meeteetse get its name? What route did the Pony Express take through Wyoming? Where was Pease County? Wyoming Places answers the questions librarians have fielded for years about the state’s geography. From Skull Creek to Goose Egg to Dumbell, you can explore maps, photos, historical dates, and tidbits that highlight Wyoming’s rich heritage. Whether you’re a researcher, a history buff, or just settling a bar bet, Wyoming Places is the free, reliable resource that can take you on a virtual journey through the Equality State.
Wyoming Government Publications
The WSL is a repository for state and federal government publications. We bring our shelves to your desktop with Wyoming State Publications, where you can access annual reports, budget requests, executive orders, and other official documents that detail the work of your government. The bulk of publications range from 1912 to the present and new material is added regularly. Whether you're interested in maintenance routines for the state motor pool fleet or mining documents from the early 1900s, this resource is convenient and easy to use.
Wyoming Legislation Database
Since the first Wyoming Territorial Legislature convened on October 12, 1869, records have been kept to document the laws and governance of our great state. Wyoming Legislation is an extensive, user-friendly collection of legislative documents, free for you to access and research. You’ll find journals and digests from 1869 to the present, digitized bills from 1873-2000, and records of actions on bills from 1957-2000. It’s perfect for researchers and attorneys, or just folks with an interest in lawmakers’ responses to historical events.
Wyoming Inventors Database
Wyoming Inventors indexes United States patents dating back to 1867 in which one or more of the inventors lived within the Cowboy State’s present-day borders. Each record links to the United States Patent and Trademark Office where you can view the full patent, including drawings and specifications. From the first Wyoming patent for an improved cartridge belt to cutting-edge innovations in spider silk and communications, Wyoming Inventors is an outstanding resource for research and genealogy.
Wyoming Trademarks Database
Wyoming Trademarks showcases trademarked names, logos, and wordmarks registered to Wyoming citizens and business owners. You'll find trademarks that date back to 1906 and you'll see examples that were professionally designed as well as a few that were hand-drawn or simply sketched out. If you're thinking of applying for your own registered mark you can begin your research here. The Secretary of State’s office is the official and legal source, but Wyoming Trademarks will give you an idea of what's already been registered.