More resources will be available online to document Wyoming history

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CHEYENNE, Wyoming (Wyoming News Now) – Wyoming State Archivist Sara Davis joined Wyoming News Now for her Wyoming interview on Wednesday. She spoke about the new projects helping to get more of Wyoming history online.

Here is more information on Wyoming State Parks | The Wyoming State Records Advisory Board (SHRAB) is funding five new projects that will make photographs, letters, interviews and videos of Wyoming history readily available online.

Fort Caspar Museum Association in Casper has received the funding to mount nearly half of its 10,000 online collection scans. These photographs and historical documents represent Casper, Natrona County, and central Wyoming. They will do this using a PastPerfect Online portal on their website.

The Hot Springs County Historical Museum and Cultural Center in Thermopolis plans to describe and digitize 300 photographs of the Grass Creek Oil Camp, including the ghost town of Ilo, dating from the 1920s. These photos were donated by a resident local, Minnian Richardson, in twenty-two albums which also include cards, letters and newspaper clippings.

The Homesteader Museum of Powell will digitize 175 tapes of oral history interviews with the Strugglers, farming families in the Shoshone Reclamation Project area, and other early white settlers of the Big Horn Basin. They will make the interviews, some including video, available on their website through PastPerfect Online.

Powell’s Heart Mountain Wyoming Foundation will digitize audio and video cassette recordings from the Frank Emi Collection. Emi led the Fair Play Committee, the largest resistance movement organized in one of the Japanese internment camps, protesting military service for men whose civil liberties were denied by their incarceration in the camps. Oral histories and a dedication to the honor roll for the site will also be included.

The Wyoming State Archives in Cheyenne will use grant funds to organize and make more easily accessible a large body of material related to the Big Horn General Stream arbitration. This court 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 outstanding.

requested by various interested parties, but not yet effectively organized or presented online.

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

All projects related to the mission and objectives of the SHRAB will be considered. For more information, including the grant application, guidelines and a brief overview of the grant program and how to apply, please visit the SHRAB webpage (under “Apply for Grants” at http://wyoarchives.state.wy.us/index.php/about-archives/state-historical-records-advisory-board). To view previous accepted grant applications, see the SHRAB Wiki page at http://wyomingshrab.pbworks.com/w/page/53272665/Grants%20and%20Reports.

Please contact Sara Davis, SHRAB Coordinator and Wyoming State Archivist, with any questions (307-777-8691 or [email protected]). Wyoming SHRAB promotes the identification, preservation and dissemination of historic state records, by encouraging and supporting continuing education programs for state, tribal and local governments, local repositories, organizations and others involved in document management 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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