Transportation Collections


American Heritage Center

The AHC's Transportation collections document the history of aviation, railroads, and road transportation in Wyoming.
Guide to Transportation Collections (pdf)
Some of our prominent Transportation holdings are detailed below. Additional holdings can be located by searching our online inventories (select University of Wyoming as the institution), or by viewing Frequent Searches for Transportation Collections in the UW Catalog.

Noteworthy Collections

Color Photo of train

Union Pacific Historical Society

The Union Pacific Historical Society was founded September 1, 1984 in Denver, Colorado to collect, organize, distribute, and publish information relating to the operation and equipment of the Union Pacific Railroad. It is an independent non-profit organization that preserves the history of the Union Pacific Railroad from it's beginning in 1862 to present time. The society is not supported by, or affiliated with the Union Pacific Railroad other than the preservation of its history. Collection contains Union Pacific publications, newsletters, diagrams and drawings, track charts, timetables, reports, maps, photographs, slides, negatives, and books.The Union Pacific Historical Society digital collection is a small sample of Union Pacific images found in the collection.


James L. Ehernberger Western Railroad Collection

James L. Ehernberger is a retired dispatcher for the Union Pacific Railroad and a published historian of railroad history in the western United States. He collects railroad records and related historical material as well as negatives, photographs, maps, schedules, and materials documenting railroad history in the West. He has a special interest in the steam engine and its history in the West. He is active in the Union Pacific Historical Society and other railroad enthusiast clubs.


Manufacturers Aircraft Association Records

The Manufacturers Aircraft Association was a corporation formed in 1917 at the request of the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics to implement and administer a cross-licensing agreement. It was a clearing house for aircraft patents, and important in the development of the aircraft industry. The records document the history of aircraft and the relationship of the MAA with its members, the military, and congress.


Roscoe Turner Papers

Roscoe Turner was an early aviator and barn-stormer responsible for piloting the first airplane to fly faster than 300 miles per hour. The collection contains correspondence, promotional materials, and other records pertaining to his air races and aeronautical business ventures.


Martin Jensen Papers

Martin Jensen was a pioneer aviator. He was a barnstormer and stunt pilot, crossing the country in a biplane that he designed. He placed second in the 1927 Dole Trans-Pacific Air Race, a race from Oakland to Honolulu in which ten pilots died. The collection contain correspondence, scrapbooks, photographs, telegrams, and technical reports related to Martin Jensen's career in aviation and as a pioneer aviator.


John Stephen and Frances Jennings Casement Papers

John S. Casement (1829-1909) was born in New York and came to Ohio in 1850 to work as a railroad construction foreman. After service in the Civil War, Casement obtained a contract to perform tracklaying and grading for the Union Pacific's transcontinental line. The papers primarily consist of correspondence during the time Casement was constructing the Union Pacific Railroad from Omaha to Promontory Point, Utah, from 1866 to 1869.


Howard F. Greene collection

The Howard F. Greene collection consists of materials related to railroads and railroad history Greene collected throughout his life. A majority of the material is related to railroads in New England and on the East Coast. However, material related to central and western railroads is present as well, as is a small amount of material related to bus and air lines. Records from railroad clubs Greene belonged to are included. The collection includes financial records, artifacts, correspondence, publications, advertisements, maps, blueprints, and prints, among many other materials.


Payson Spaulding Papers

Payson W. Spaulding practiced law in Evanston, Wyoming, from 1901-1971. Spaulding was attorney for the Union Pacific Railroad from 1905-1970, and attorney for the Lincoln Highway Association. The collection contains correspondence dealing with legal matters and the Lincoln Highway; legal files for his private practice in criminal, divorce, civil, land, water, probate, and livestock lawsuits, and his work for the Union Pacific Railroad.


W.W. Morrison Papers

William Wayne Morrison (1898-1977) was passenger agent of the Union Pacific Railroad and also a historian of emigrant trails and pioneer graves. Collection contains materials collected by Morrison for his research on emigrant trails and grave sites in the Western United States. Included are transcripts of diaries and narratives of emigrants, photographs of gravesites, research materials, and secondary sources.

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