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Wyoming History Day
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Finis Mitchell (1901-1995) was a mountain climber and photographer who created many
postcard views of Wyoming's Wind River mountain range. He came to Wyoming with his
parents in 1906 and began climbing in 1909. He became an expert on the Wind River
back country, naming many of the trails. About 1920 he began carrying camera equipment
with him. In 1962 he started a postcard business to sell copies of some of the thousands
of slides he had taken of the area. The collection contains photographs, slides, postcards,
and negatives taken by Finis Mitchell of scenery in and near the Wind River Range,
Bridger Wilderness,Teton Range, and wildlife in Wyoming. There is also biographical
material such as newspaper and magazine clippings about Finis Mitchell, his book "Wind
River Trails," writings and poetry by Finis Mitchell, and the camera equipment he
Past featured collections:
GRANTS & FELLOWSHIPS
AHC FACULTY & STAFF
TOPPAN RARE BOOKS
EDUCATION & OUTREACH
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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