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Jack Benny (1894-1974) was an American comedian, vaudeville, and radio, television and film actor. He became a national celebrity with his Jack Benny Show (1943-1958). The Jack Benny papers cover all aspects of the popular entertainer's personal and professional life and business affairs. There are photographs, personal memoirs, early programs, advertisements and reviews from his beginnings in vaudeville, scripts, contracts and correspondence from his radio shows, and film footage from his career in television. The papers include sheet music, clippings, correspondence and financial records, as well as condolences and memorials from the time of his death. 

Explore the photos of Jack Benny Collection the ArchivEra Featured Collections and the Jack Benny papers finding aid.

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More than 100 years ago, Grace Raymond Hebard—UW faculty member, administrator, librarian, and Wyoming historian—began collecting the papers and reminiscences of Wyoming’s pioneers. Her research on the history of Wyoming, the West, emigrant trails, and Native Americans became the nucleus for what is known today as the American Heritage Center (AHC). Officially established in 1945, the Center now holds over 90,000 cubic feet of historic documents and artifacts in more than 3500 collections—placing the AHC among the largest non-governmental archives in the nation.

Today, the AHC contains important holdings in numerous areas. Its western history archives include materials on early women’s suffrage and political achievements, native Americans, ranching, politics, authors, and under-documented communities. Other featured collecting areas include transportation (railroad, highway and air travel), mining and energy extraction, entertainment and popular culture (with important collections featuring Hollywood, music, radio, television and the comic book industry), natural resources and the environment, and military history. The AHC also serves as the primary archives for the University of Wyoming. Connect with us on our social media platforms - Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Virmuze, and our blog - where we are #ALWAYS ARCHIVING.  


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  • The Toppan Rare Books Library collections are now accessible through the AHC’s Reading Room during its posted hours.
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  • Closed on University of Wyoming Holidays
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  • The Information Desk is located in the Centennial Complex main lobby.
  • The AHC Docent Desk is located at the entrance to the Center's main display area on 2nd floor.
  • The supervisor's desk located at the 4th floor reading room.

Once obtained, these permits must be promptly displayed on the dashboard or in the front windshield of a vehicle in order to avoid a fine for overstaying the 2-hour parking limit.

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University of Wyoming
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