The Western History Center at Casper College

The Western History Center at Casper College is an institutional archives that maintains and provides access to materials documenting the life of Casper College and unique records related to Natrona County. Many of these Natrona County records reflect an aspect of Wyoming or Western History.

Comprised of archives and special collections, materials support the instructional, institutional and individual needs of students, faculty, staff and external users near and far. The repository is in the process of being organized and described according to two separate but interrelated archival units:

  •  Casper College Archives
  •  Natrona County Archives, also referred to as Special Collections

Online finding aids are published on ArchivesSpace. Please use our Research Request Form to help us identify material you are looking for. Though you may hear back from us sooner, please allow 2-3 days for a response.

Instructional Services:

Use of Archives and Special Collections in relation to coursework can offer unique learning opportunities for students.  The Archivist & Librarian is available to offer instructional services for all UW and UW-C courses wishing to engage with primary source literacy. Instructional services for K-12 classes are by appointment.

 

Collecting Policy 

Collect, maintain and make accessible representative and unique sources of information about Casper College and Natrona County that support the academic mission and success of students, faculty, and staff as well as further the institution’s connection to the people of Natrona County and beyond.

Activities supported by Archives and Special Collections include but are not limited to:

  • Accessing institutional knowledge and memory for administrative research or other projects, programs, events or celebrations. 
  • Conducting academic, professional or self-directed research in the pursuit of academic coursework, continuing education, and lifelong learning. 
  • Maintaining an awareness of how archival collections and the relationships between them can be used to define, gain insight, and understand histories, issues and topics of continuing importance to society.

Guide to the Repository:

    The structure of the archives conforms to the organizational structure of Casper College and special collections consists of material pertaining to Natrona County. This latter material’s connection to Western History is emphasized via archival practices.

    Casper College Archives:

    Dale Stiles Papers

    This collection contains Dale Stiles’ awards, correspondence, and material related to Casper College Rodeo and the National Intercollegiate Rodeo. Researchers will also find scanned newspaper clippings, and photographs. Stiles was an Agriculture instructor and Rodeo Coach at Casper College. He hosted the College’s first rodeo team, which was the first rodeo team to be fielded by a junior college. During his career, Stiles coached Joe Alexander and Dave Brock among others.

    Special Collections:

    Arthur (Art) G. Randall Papers

    The Arthur (Art) G. Randall Papers consist of a collection of research, notes, photographs, maps, and newspapers collected and used by Randall. Subjects and topics include Natrona County, the City of Casper, Casper Mountain,  cabins, camps, and forts. 

    Brotherhood of Railroad Trainmen, Burlington System Records

    This record group contains addresses, circulars, and newsletters issued by the Railroad Commission and its Presidents. Researchers will also find documentation of investigations, of claims paid and appealed, as well as seniority lists for enginemen and trainmen. There are gaps in this record group.

    Frances Seely Webb Collection

    The Frances Seely Webb Collection contains over 1,400 photographs, correspondence, handwritten research notes, the proof copy of Webb’s book, Casper’s First Homes, and a series of scrapbooks. Materials document Casper and Natrona County buildings, cultural institutions, homes, and society from 1890-1978. Webb was a Society and Women’s editor for the Casper Star Tribune.  In addition to the above are items originally collected by Boney Earnest, a frontiersman and former member of the Natrona County Historical Society.

    Jerry Harper Collection

    The Jerry Harper Collection consists of three folders. One contains articles about and material created by the Casper Boot and Spur Club; two contains Issue Forty of the Burlington Bulletin; and three contains a December 1946 telephone directory for Casper, Glenrock, and Midwest. The feature story of the Burlington Bulletin is on the Cole Creek Disaster. Researchers should also note both the Cole Creek Wreck series in the Charles (Chuck) M. Morrison Papers and the Burlington System Records available through Special Collections.

    Tom Hough Papers 

    The Tom Hough Papers consist of material pertaining to Tom’s book, which is a collection of hunting and fishing stories. Also included are Tom’s newspaper articles and his column, “Headin’ Out with Tom Hough,” from when he was a staff writer, managing editor, and photographer for the Casper Star Tribune. Researchers will find Tom’s correspondence and related material documenting his career as a professional journalist in addition to numerous photographs and related items illuminating his love for and pursuit of the Wyoming outdoors.

    Weather Service Office Station #74 Records

    This collection contains a profile of Weather  Service Office Station #74 in Casper, WY. This profile includes a written history of the Station, which opened in December 1939, as well as numerous photographs of the Station and its staff. In addition to the Station Profile, researchers will find annual records, meteorological summaries, weather surface observations, and climatological data.

     

     

     

     

       

      Research Room Hours

      Fall and Spring Semester Hours: Monday through Thursday 11:00 AM until 4:00 PM or by appointment.

      Summer Hours: 8:00 AM until 3:00 PM

      Notable Research Topics

      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.