Cultural Resources

Albany County is home to local and state repositories of cultural and historical artifacts such as the American Heritage Center, Emmett D. Chisum Special Collections Library, the Laramie Plains Museum, the Laramie Historic Railroad Depot, and the Wyoming Territorial Prison.


Laramie Plains Museum

The Laramie Plains Museum is an historic house museum complex of the City of Laramie, Wyoming, and the surrounding area, whose mission is to preserve, restore, augment and exhibit it historic buildings, grounds andthe historic collections contained therein, thereby increasing public appreciation and education about the nature of the human heritage of the area through guided tours, exhibitions, publications and special events.


The American Heritage Center

Located in the Centennial Complex, east of the main University of Wyoming campus, the American Hertiage Center shares a space with the University of Wyoming Art Museum and the Toppan Rare Books Library. AHC collections go beyond Wyoming's or the region's borders and support a wide range of research and teaching activities in the humanities, sciences, arts, business, and education. Total manuscripts and archives holdings are roughly 75,000 cubic feet (or nearly 15 miles) of material. 

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Emmett D. Chisum Special Collections

Located in the William Robertson Coe Library on the University of Wyoming campus, the library is home to Grace Raymond Hebard Collection which contains the largest collection of works (books and maps) on and about Wyoming. The special collections library is also home to Howard Hays Library, the William Robertson Coe Library, the Canoso Miniature Book Collection, and so much more.

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Laramie Historic Railroad Depot

The Depot is the only remaining building left from the once large Union Pacific presence in Laramie and was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1988. The railroad is the reason for the City’s original existence, and the Depot is an important part of Laramie’s historic legacy.


Wyoming Territorial Prison


Nici Self Museum

Operated by the Centennial Valley Historical Association and a corps of dedicated volunteers, it was organized in the early 1970s as part of a community effort to be recognized as a Bicentennial community. Exhibits celebrate the mining, ranching, and railroading history of the area. Several buildings from around the area have been moved to the grounds and are open to visitors.

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Albany County Wyoming Ranch Histories


The primary source of online information about Wyoming history for the public, including teachers, students, tourists, public officials, history buffs and scholars. seeks readers’ feedback regularly as it continues to add high-quality articles, and information about local resources, activities and events.


Albany County Public Library


William Robertson Coe Library



Wyoming Newspaper Project

Get in touch with Wyoming’s past through historical and archived Wyoming Newspapers. Historians, genealogists, students, and scholars will find a wealth of reliable information here, all first-hand accounts of local news from days gone by. 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.


National Register of Historic Places

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Annals of Wyoming: The Wyoming History Journal

Published quarterly by the Wyoming State Historical Society in association with the Wyoming State Parks & Cultural Resources, the American Heritage Center, and the Department of History, University of Wyoming.


BLM Land Records

Live access to Federal land conveyance records for the Public Land States, including image access to more than five million Federal land title records issued between 1788 and the present. We also have images of survey plats and field notes, land status records, and control document index records. Due to organization of documents in the GLO collection, this site does not currently contain every Federal title record issued for the Public Land States.


Hathi Trust Digital Library

Hathi Trust is a partnership of academic & research institutions, offering a collection of millions of titles digitized from libraries around the world.

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Rocky Mountain Online Archive

The Rocky Mountain Online Archive is your source of information about archival collections in Colorado, New Mexico and Wyoming. Specialized guides, called finding aids, give detailed descriptions of primary source materials located at twenty-seven different repositories. Search the finding aids to discover what historical materials are available for study and where those collections are located.