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.

Architectural Drawings

  • 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.

Digital Collections

Manuscripts

  • Archival materials can include manuscripts, typescripts, diaries, letters, and other original materials.

Newspaper files

  • 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.

Obituary Records

  • The Western History Center maintains an obituary database of Natrona County citizens.

Photographs

  • 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.
  • Digitized Photograph Collections

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. 

     

    Contact Us

    wyoref@caspercollege.edu
    307-268-2680

    Katrina Brown, Director
    Office: LI 225
    307-268-2036
    katrina.brown@caspercollege.edu

    Hanz Olson,  Archivist & Librarian
    Office: LI 202c
    307-268-2549
    hanz.olson@caspercollege.edu

    Keith Rouse, Western History Specialist
    Office: LI 202
    307-268-2680
    keith.rouse@caspercollege.edu

     Research Appointments

    If you have a information need the Western History Center can help with and would like to schedule an in-person or remote appointment, please email wyoref@caspercollege.edu.

    Though you may hear back from us sooner, please allow 2-3 days for a response.