Category Archives: Wyoming Library News

UW, MSU Libraries to Co-Host Conference on Documenting Yellowstone

Conversations on Collecting Yellowstone save the date graphic with black and white drawing of wildlife in front of mountainsFrom UW News

A conference focused on collecting, preserving, and using materials that document the history of Yellowstone National Park will take place next summer at Montana State University (MSU).

University of Wyoming Libraries and the MSU Library will co-host the second “Conversations on Collecting Yellowstone” June 5-8, 2022, in Bozeman, Montana. The conference coincides with the 150th anniversary of the creation of Yellowstone National Park. The first “Conversations on Collecting Yellowstone” conference was held in 2019 in Cody.

Scholars, researchers, private collectors, librarians, and archivists are invited to the conference to explore collections, scholarship, and research related to the park and its greater ecosystem, as well as look to the future of collecting and curating these materials.

The conference will feature speakers, panel presentations, social events, and networking opportunities. Dayton Duncan, an award-winning writer and documentary filmmaker, will be the conference’s keynote speaker. Tickets for the keynote speech will be available to the public for purchase.

The conference will include a vendor fair June 6-7, open to conference attendees and the public. A post-conference tour will visit Jackson and Yellowstone National Park June 9-11.

Conference organizers are seeking proposals for moderated discussions and panel presentations on a variety of topics. Proposals will be accepted until December 3.

Conference registration is expected to open February 1. For more information about the conference, visit

SHRAB Funds Five New Historical Records Projects

The Wyoming State Records Advisory Board (SHRAB) is providing funding for five new projects that will make photographs, letters, interviews, and videos of Wyoming’s history easily accessible online. These grants are made available through the Wyoming SHRAB by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.

Fort Caspar Museum Association in Casper received funding necessary to mount nearly half of their 10,000 collection scans online. These historical photographs and documents depict Casper, Natrona County, and Central Wyoming. They will do this using a PastPerfect Online portal on their website.

The Hot Springs County Historical Museum & Cultural Center in Thermopolis plans to describe and scan 300 photographs of the Grass Creek oil camp, including the ghost town of Ilo, from the 1920s. These photos were donated by local resident, Minnian Richardson, in twenty-two scrapbooks which also include maps, letters, and clippings.

The Homesteader Museum of Powell will digitize 175 cassettes of oral history interviews from the “Strugglers,” homesteading families in the Shoshone Reclamation Project area, and other early white settlers throughout the Big Horn Basin. They will make the interviews, some including video, available on their website via PastPerfect Online.

The Heart Mountain Wyoming Foundation of Powell will digitize audio and video cassette recordings from the Frank Emi collection. Emi led the Fair Play Committee, the largest organized draft resistance movement in any of the Japanese internment camps, protesting military service for men whose civil liberties were being denied by their incarceration in the camps. Also included will be oral histories and an Honor Roll dedication for the Site.

The Wyoming State Archives in Cheyenne will use grant funds to organize and make more easily accessible a large set of documents related to the Big Horn General Stream Adjudication. This legal case, which decided water rights claims submitted by 20,000 tribal and other groups, was settled in 2014. It contains thousands of documents which are still requested by a variety of interested parties, but is not yet efficiently organized or presented online.

Many of these groups plan to upload these records to the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA).

The Wyoming SHRAB promotes the identification, preservation and dissemination of the state’s historical records, by encouraging and supporting ongoing training programs for state, tribal and local governments, local repositories, organizations, and others involved in records care in Wyoming. The program is administered by the Wyoming State Archives, part of the Department of State Parks and Cultural Resources.

Natrona County Receives ‘Librarian at Your Service Award’

Natrona County Library was recently recognized for providing vital services and keeping patrons in good standing

The library was recently awarded the “Librarian at Your Service Award” from Unique Management Services. As part of a new awards program honoring libraries for their exceptional community impact, Natrona County Library is one of 17 winners in the Midwest Region (Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Michigan, Missouri, Ohio, Wyoming). Unique Management Services created three awards to celebrate high-impact libraries for providing vital services, protecting public assets, and keeping patrons in good standing.

The “Librarian at Your Service Award” this year honors librarians and libraries who provide exceptional service, including using Unique services.

Unique honored 72 total libraries in this year’s awards across four geographic regions in three award areas, including the “Librarian at Your Service Award,” the “Defender of the Collection Award,” and the “Back in the Fold Award.”

Winners were presented with their awards earlier this month. This is the inaugural presentation of these awards, which Unique intends to continue annually to honor its partners who are making a difference in communities across the U.S.

Learn more on the Natrona County Library blog, and see the full list of winners.

Diabetes Prevention Comes to White Mountain Library

Woman at display table holding flyer
Christina Brown, Customer Success Manager Diabetes Lifestyle Coach with incentaHealth.

The White Mountain Library, a branch of the Sweetwater County Library System, is promoting diabetes prevention in its community.

This month, an incentaHEALTH kiosk was installed at the library. The display is part of #PreventDiabetes, the Wyoming Department of Health’s virtual diabetes prevention program. The library is a partner in this program, serving as a location to learn about and sign up for the program.

Learn more about this statewide program.

The Wyoming Department of Health has contracted with incentaHEALTH to manage the program.

UW Receives Second NEH Grant for Wyoming Digital Newspaper Project

News clipping with headline that reads, "Yellowstone National Park to be Extended" and map of park
This image shows a portion of Page 2 of The Northern Wyoming Herald newspaper from Jan. 22, 1919, that UW Libraries staff digitized for the Wyoming Digital Newspaper Project. (Image from Chronicling America website)

From UW News

University of Wyoming Libraries has received a second round of funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) to support ongoing newspaper digitization work.

The two-year, $200,000 grant will support the ongoing Wyoming Digital Newspaper Project, which began in August 2019 after the first NEH grant was awarded.

The first phase of the project involves the digitization of 100,000 pages of select Wyoming newspapers — dating from 1867 to 1963 — as part of the state’s participation in the National Digital Newspaper Program (NDNP). Newspapers that are available on the Chronicling America website include several years of the Cheyenne Daily Leader and succeeding title, The Democratic Leader. Upcoming titles from the first round of grant funding include The Saratoga Sun, the Cody Enterprise and the Platte Valley Lyre.

“This second round of funding will allow us to contribute an additional 100,000 pages to the Library of Congress’ historical newspaper database, Chronicling America,” says Bryan Ricupero, UW metadata librarian and principal investigator of the grant. “We plan to include content that expands both geographical and historical coverage of Wyoming.”

A list of newspapers to be digitized during the new grant period is currently under review.

The Wyoming State Archives and UW Libraries are the two primary repositories for collections of Wyoming print and microfilm newspapers. To date, UW Libraries has digitized and uploaded over 28,000 pages to the Chronicling America website.

Master copies of all microfilmed titles are currently held at the Wyoming State Archives and are available for UW Libraries to duplicate and digitize. Much of this microfilm was created during the National Newspaper Project, to standards compatible with the NDNP.

In addition to Ricupero, the Wyoming Digital Newspaper Project team is composed of Rachael Laing, a library specialist and grant project specialist, and Madison Glenn, a UW student from Moorcroft.

NEH is an independent federal agency created in 1965. It is one of the largest funders of humanities programs in the United States. NEH grants typically go to cultural institutions, such as museums, archives, libraries, colleges, universities, public television and radio stations, and to individual scholars.

Library Foundation Makes a Difference at Ten Sleep Library

Library interior with many books out on tables instead of on shelves. One staff member waving at camera.

Donations make the difference between a great library and an exceptional one! The Ten Sleep Branch received a new row of metal shelving funded by the Washakie County Library Foundation. With the local county fair happening, the maintenance supervisor had their hands full. Library staff — Carol Greet, Rhonda Carter, Veronica Risch, and Linda Gossens — planned and mastered the domino effect of moving books and old shelves to make room for the new.

Boxes of shelving not yet unpacked

Two women assembling shelving

Partially assembled library shelves with three staff members behind them

On the Move in Washakie County

The excitement is building as the Washakie County Library staff get ready to open their new library at 801 Big Horn Ave. in downtown Worland. Opening day has yet to be announced. Here are a few photos of the crew in action, getting things ready for patrons.

Library employee Mandy Weaver helping assemble shelving.
Two young men holding electric drills sitting at table with bags of hardware
Washakie County summer employees Waylon Lissman (left) and Regan Schmeltzer (right) never thought they would spend their summer working in a library. From moving books and furniture to assembling shelving, these courteous young men have worked hard this summer. Waylon continues his education at the Worland High School and Regan will be heading to Casper College. The library staff have appreciated their smiles and strong backs during the move to the new location.
Woman holding wooden chair while standing in front of empty library shelves
Ladonna LaCroix, assistant library director stands in the teen section of the library. She is excited for the multi-purpose use of the area. With teens in school during the day the space is available for all of the “silver” patrons who are interested in getting some one on one help during the day. There will be plenty of comfortable seating, friendly faces and assistance to learn a new task.
Ladonna enthusiastically starts the reshelving process of the books in the new Washakie County Library. They’re still waiting for all of the products to arrive that have been ordered, but now have a starting point! Now if that circulation desk would arrive, they may be in business soon!

Big Piney Branch Settles into Temporary Home

White letters on red-painted wall read "Big Piney Library" with library display in foreground

From Tawnya Miller, Big Piney Library Manager

The Big Piney Library has moved to a temporary location at the Big Piney Rec Center while the library building undergoes a nine- to ten-month renovation. The library’s temporary location at 630 Piney Drive is much smaller, but patrons will find the same services. The internet is available for patron use, as are computers. Copying and scanning capabilities are available on-site as well.

While approximately 65% of the library collection is currently in storage, patrons will find the complete selection of DVDs and new items at the temporary location, as well as the most popular books and audiobooks from the collection. Items of all types are available including audiobooks and fiction and nonfiction books for children, teens, and adults. Large print items, magazines, and Spanish books are also available for checkout.

Library programs are continuing during the renovation period. The Southwest Sublette Pioneers Senior Center has been the site for this summer’s adult programs, while children’s programming has made use of local parks for summer reading activities. The library will continue to use off-site locations for programs while in the temporary location. Locations will be included with all program promotion.

Library interior

The library move was a monumental task that took staff two months and two days with the incredible help of the Big Piney/Marbleton community. Volunteers — including teachers, coaches, students, athletes, retirees, the summer crews of both towns, and local business owners — pitched in to move not only a collection of more than 25,000 items, but also shelves, furniture, and office equipment. The entire building was emptied.

Both the Town of Big Piney and the Town of Marbleton donated storage space, as did the Green River Valley Museum, local business, and community members. In all, eight different storage spaces now hold the collection, shelves, and furniture.

Without the help and support of the community, the library move would have been impossible. A thank you picnic will be held at the end of August for the volunteers and community members that made the library move happen.

ARPA Funds Bring Books to Wind River Indian Reservation

Woman in open back of trailer with large boxes.
Robin Levin

Boxes of books have arrived on the Wind River Indian Reservation! They’ve been purchased through the Wyoming State Library’s Central Acquisitions program as part of the state’s allocation of American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARPA) funds received through the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

Books are sent to the Fort Washakie School and Community Library. Head Librarian Robin Levin distributes them through a mobile book trailer. This project helps support literacy efforts during the pandemic in an area that has little access to electronic resources.

Woman and boy wearing face masks standing in front of book trailer. Boy is wearing a cowboy hat and holding up a book

Book display

Two men looking at rack full of books

Celebrate Cheyenne Day with Wyoming History

It’s Cheyenne Day today and while the Wyoming State Library offices are closed this afternoon, you can access our digital collections online anytime, anywhere! Our staff has gathered some Cheyenne Frontier Days and rodeo-related content for you to peruse, but you can find much more Wyoming history with each database linked below.

A historic newspaper page with photos of Cheyenne Frontier Days in 1944.
Page 4 of the Fort Warren Sentinel from July 28, 1944.

Wyoming Digital Newspaper Collection
Historic newspapers are full of information, including photographs, illustrations, weather reports, and social columns. Our earliest archive dates back to 1849 but many of these papers survived for only a brief time and disappeared like the boom-and-bust ghost towns of Wyoming and the west. This collection contains 142,270 issues comprising 1,171,758 pages. Here are some of our Cheyenne Frontier Days favorites:
Wyoming Publicity Edition (August 1, 1913)
Wyoming State Ledger (June 27, 1922)
The Wyoming Tribune Eagle (July 27, 1943)
Fort Warren Sentinel (July 28, 1944)

Wyoming Places
This fun digital collection provides information about locations, histories, and name origins of places in the great state of Wyoming. There are twelve search results for the keyword “cowboy,” including Beatty Gulch, named for cowboy James Beatty, who was thrown from his horse at that location. The town of Frontier in Lincoln County is now long-gone, but was once a successful mining town that was “pleasantly located, with good schools and churches, electric light and excellent water system.”

Wyoming Publications
This database contains Wyoming government agency documents and federal publications concerning the State of Wyoming. You’ll find budget requests, agency reports, and even historic brand books:
Official Brand Book of the State of Wyoming (2007, 2009, 2011, 2013, 2015)
Scoping Statement: Checkerboard Wild Horse Removal (2016)

Patent schematics
System for Practicing Roping (Patent 4498676)

Wyoming Inventors
System for Practicing Roping (Patent 4498676 by Robert R. Runner of Pavillion, WY)
Animal Roping System (Patent 8579293 by Casey Sellers and Colter Sellers of Buffalo, WY)
Training Apparatus for Calf Roping (Patent 8297980 by William Clark Reynolds of Wright, WY)

Wyoming Trademarks
Did you know you can check the status of Wyoming trademarks with our digital collection? Our database catalogs Wyoming trademarks, both current and archived, issued since 1881.
Cheyenne Frontier Days (active)
100th Annual 1996 Cheyenne Frontier Days (inactive)
Return to the West (inactive)