Special Collections

The Special Collections Room is located on the north end of the third floor. It is open during regular library hours and staff at the Ask Here desk can provide assistance. In addition to the following collections, the Genealogy & Family History collection is also located in the room. Items in these collections do not check out; there is a photocopier in the room, and in many cases, a circulating copy is available.

Check out the brochure (right) for more information.

Wyoming History

The Wyoming History Collection includes books and other materials on Cheyenne, Laramie County and Wyoming history.

Within this collection, you will find local yearbooks and city directories, Wyoming brand books, histories of Wyoming communities, the Laramie County Centennial Committee’s historical records, a complete run of the Annals of Wyoming history journal, and many other subjects.

The collection is accessible through the library catalog. Titles included in the collection have call numbers that begin with WYO REF.

Western History

The Western History Collection, funded by a generous gift of $25,000 from an anonymous donor, features books that focus on the history of the American West.

The Western History Collection is accessible through the library catalog. Titles included in the collection have call numbers that begin with WH REF.

Special Collections Reading Room

The Wyoming and Western History collections are located in the Special Collections Reading Room, which features a gorgeous ornate door frame originally found in the Federal Courthouse and donated to the library by the Dinneen family. Two tables from Cheyenne’s original Carnegie Library and stained glass from artist Nancy Furnish complete the elegant room.

The reading room is open during library hours.

Trails Collection

Donors Ronald W. and Linda G. Sandefer have provided funding, books, and other materials that explore the history of the overland trails that crossed the West. Topics include trails such as the Oregon, Santa Fe, California, and Mormon, the Lewis & Clark Expedition, and other Western history topics.

Government Documents

Government documents include publications from city, county, state, and other entities.  Topics cover law (statutes, ordinances), planning (transportation, parks, city development, drainage/flood protection), budgets, legislative records, environmental studies, statistics, and more.

The LeClercq Jones Collection

Wyoming native and amateur historian LeClercq Jones donated his extensive Cheyenne research collection to the library upon his death.  He preserved local history through hundreds of detailed photographs and drawings of Cheyenne buildings and intersections.  Photographs included in the LeClercq Jones Collection can be found below.