Western History Center
The preservation of our cultural heritage is recognized as being important to our college and our community.
The Casper College Western History Center (WHC) maintains a collection of primary sources on Wyoming and the West with particular emphasis on Casper and Natrona County. The WHC supports the instructional, institutional and individual needs of students, faculty, staff and the community. The collection is open to the public.
- The Western History Center holds more than 2,000 blueprints and architectural drawings of not only Casper and Natrona County businesses and buildings, but also various other locations.
Books and Periodicals
- There are approximately 8,000 volumes in the Western History Center. These books, held within the WHC, supplement the textual, cartographic, photographic, and microfilm records preserved and available to researchers.
- The Western History Center also houses several periodical titles. The table of contents for many of these titles is available in a searchable database located in the center.
- Archival materials can include manuscripts, typescripts, diaries, letters, and other original materials.
- The Western History Center contains bound and loose newspapers published locally as well as certain editions from elsewhere, microfilm of Casper newspapers from 1867 to 2007 and Western Vertical Files containing topical information on Casper and Wyoming.
- The Western History Center maintains an obituary database of Natrona County citizens.
- There are more than 600,000 individual images available in the photograph collection. A large portion of these images have been indexed in local databases, available for searching in the Western History Center office.
- The Casper Star-Tribune Collection, Casper Journal Collection, BP-AMOCO Collection, College Relations Collection, Frances Seely Webb Collection, and the Chuck Morrison Collection contain the largest number of images.
Western Vertical File Subject Index
- The WHC-WVF is a vertical file of newspaper clippings arranged alphabetically by subject, topic, title or event. Examples of records in this vertical file include Yellowstone National Park; Biography files, and Casper College history. Records are available to researchers listed under the alphabetical headings in the WHC-WVF.