More resources will be available online documenting Wyoming’s history

Published: Oct. 6, 2021 at 8:32 AM CDT
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CHEYENNE, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - Sara Davis, Wyoming State Archivist, joined Wyoming News Now for its Wyoming Wednesday interview. She talked about the new projects helping to get more of Wyoming’s history online.

Here’s more information from Wyoming State Parks | The Wyoming State Records Advisory Board (SHRAB) is providing funding for five new projects which will make photographs, letters, interviews, and videos of Wyoming’s history easily accessible online.

Fort Caspar Museum Association in Casper received the 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 that are still

requested by a variety of interested parties, but is not yet efficiently organized or presented online.

These grants are made available through the Wyoming SHRAB by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission. Many of these groups are also planning to upload their digital files to a nationwide database called the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA). You can search the DPLA now ( to find images from Wyoming history, from the Wyoming State Archives, and many other Wyoming archives.

All projects related to the mission and goals of the SHRAB will be considered. For more information, including the grant application, guidelines, and a brief presentation about the grant program and how to apply, please visit the SHRAB webpage (under “Apply for Grants” at To view previous successful grant applications, see the SHRAB Wiki page at

Please contact Sara Davis, SHRAB Coordinator, and Wyoming State Archivist, with any questions (307-777-8691 or 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, which is part of the Department of State Parks and Cultural Resources.

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