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University of Wyoming - American Heritage Center

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UW American Heritage Center
1000 E. University Ave.
Dept. 3924
Laramie, WY 82071


The American Heritage Center (AHC) is the University of Wyoming's repository of manuscript collections, rare books, and University archives. Our collections are the raw data of humanistic and interdisciplinary research. We are the laboratory for citizens and scholars to engage with primary sources in all formats that support the creation of historical narratives, interrogate the past, build community, and pose and answer questions about human experience. The AHC holds collections of distinction, serving citizens and scholars in Wyoming and beyond.


To preserve a clearly defined set of primary sources and rare books—reflecting the written, visual, and audio history of Wyoming, the Rocky Mountain region, and select aspects of the American past—and to make those sources accessible to all. Our diverse collections support casual inquiry and international scholarship; most importantly, we play an active and creative role in the teaching and research missions of the university.


The American Heritage Center aspires to be widely acknowledged—by the University community, by the people of Wyoming, by scholars world-wide, and by our professional peers--as one of the nation’s finest special collections repositories, bringing international distinction to the University of Wyoming by advancing scholarly research and education at the university and beyond. 


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 AHC.

The AHC was officially established in 1945. In the decades that followed, nearly 70,000 cubic feet of historically important documents and artifacts were acquired. The AHC is among the largest non-governmental archives in the nation.


Irving Asher Papers, 1880-1975

Note that this is an incomplete collections list. Please contact the organization directly for the most current information about their holdings.

Irving Asher Papers, 1880-1975

Asher, Irving, 1903-1985. Irving Asher, a motion picture producer, was associated with the London studios of Warner Brothers and Columbia in the 1930s and early 1940s. In 1945 he was president of Rainbow Productions and in the late 1950s was with TCF Television Productions. His pictures included "Elephant Walk" which starred Elizabeth Taylor. Asher was a personal friend of Louis Mountbatten, former New York City Mayor James Walker, and actor Errol Flynn. He was married to silent film actress Laura La Plante. He was also a collector of U.S. Presidential memorabilia.

Collection contains correspondence to Asher from Louis Mountbatten, Errol Flynn, and Joseph P. Kennedy; letters written by James Garfield and Calvin Coolidge; a scrapbook of newspaper clippings on James J. Walker (1935); photographs including several of Laura La Plante and Elizabeth Taylor; postcards and newspaper clippings dealing with British royalty; speeches by Douglas Fairbanks, Jr.; and miscellaneous other materials.

1.25 cubic ft

Presidential content includes:

- Calvin Coolidge

- James A. Garfield

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