Archives On The Air

Archives on the Air takes listeners deep into the archives of the University of Wyoming’s American Heritage Center. The AHC collects and preserves primary sources and rare books from Wyoming, the Rocky Mountain Region, and select aspects of the American and global past. Voiced by Assistant Archivist Molly Marcusse, each new episode of Archives on the Air reveals a fascinating tidbit from the AHC’s vast collection.

Archives On The Air 68: Canada Connected Coast To Coast—Burt Buffum Papers

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Most Americans know about the U.S. Transcontinental Railway. But did you know that Canada has its own coast-to-coast railroad known as the Canadian Pacific Railway?

Archives On The Air 67: "Mother Fracker"—Wagon Wheel Information Committee Records

Sep 21, 2018
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In the 1970s and 80s, the proposed Wagon Wheel Project would have used underground nuclear devices to obtain natural gas outside of Pinedale, Wyoming. The project was stopped before it ever began.

Archives On The Air 66: Anti-Fascist Radio—Herbert Luft Papers

Sep 20, 2018
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Herbert Luft was a German journalist. In 1938, Luft and his wife Pepi were in the Dachau concentration camp for six months. They fled to the US before World War II began in 1939.

Archives On The Air 65: Flowers Of Japan—Dorothy Eidlitz Papers

Sep 19, 2018

Dorothy Eidlitz was an accomplished woman. She graduated from Vassar in 1915 and did graduate work at Pennsylvania and Columbia.

Archives On The Air 64: Communists In Your Neighborhood: Sesame Street's Mr. Hooper & The Red Scare

Sep 18, 2018
American Heritage Center

Will Lee is best known for playing the kindly grocer Mr. Hooper on Sesame Street in the 1970s. Before Sesame Street Lee was blacklisted from acting for being a suspected communist.

Archives On The Air 63: Beneath Gillette, Coal Burns On—Grace Raymond Papers

Sep 17, 2018

Wyoming’s Powder River Basin is big coal country. Wyodak Resources Development has operated mines in the Basin for about a century. But something else has been using up Powder River coal much longer: fire.

Archives On The Air 43: Take Me Out To The Ball Game—Joseph C. O'Mahoney Papers

Sep 17, 2018
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Joseph C. O’Mahoney served as U.S. Senator from Wyoming from 1933 to 1960. O’Mahoney also had a weekly show where he interviewed notable figures from America.

Archives On The Air 54: Impact In The Snowies—United Air Lines Flight 409 Crash Collection

Sep 12, 2018
American Heritage Center

On October 6, 1955, a United Airlines flight crashed into Medicine Bow Peak. Everyone on board perished.

Archives On The Air 62: First To The Ballot Boxes—Toppan Rare Books Library

Sep 12, 2018
Toppan Rare Books Library, American Heritage Center

In 1869 the Wyoming Territory passed the first law in the United States granting women the right to vote.

Archives On The Air 61: The Philadelphia Experiment—The Carlos Allende Papers

Sep 11, 2018
American Heritage Center

In 1955, UFO expert Morris Jessup received two letters from Carlos Allende.

Archives On The Air 60: A Voice From Exile—Roger Neville Williams Papers

Sep 7, 2018
American Heritage Center

Journalist Roger Neville Williams was drafted for the Vietnam War in 1968. He fled to Canada and joined the American Deserters Committee in exile.

Archives On The Air 59: Nazis, Railroads, And Chinese Laborers—John S. Bugas Family Papers

Sep 6, 2018
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Some of the smallest collections at the American Heritage Center tell the largest stories.

Archives On The Air 58: Win A Trip To The Chicago World's Fair—Montgomery Ward Records

Sep 5, 2018
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The 1933 Chicago World’s Fair had many exciting features, like the Graf Zeppelin, a gondola that took visitors across the fair.

Archives On The Air 57: How To Cook A Shopping Mall—The Victor Gruen Papers

Sep 5, 2018
American Heritage Center

Victor Gruen was an Austrian architect who came to the U.S. to escape WWII. He became a pioneer in the design of shopping centers and malls.

Archives On The Air 56: "Crazy Sister-in-Law"—Richard Throssel Collection

Sep 5, 2018
American Heritage Center

Richard Throssel was of Cree Indian and English descent. The Crow Tribe adopted him in 1905.

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The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet Nelson aired on television from 1952 to 1966. The show depicted a fictional version of the lives of the actual Nelson family.

Archives On The Air 34: Romantics In Wyoming—Grace Raymond Hebard Papers

Aug 30, 2018
American Heritage Center

In the late 19th century, Wyoming became a hotbed for literature, painting and romanticism.

Archives On The Air 53: Wartime Cartoons—James Thomas Berryman Papers

Aug 29, 2018
American Heritage Center

Political cartoons have played a key role in people’s understanding of current and historical events.

Archives On The Air 52: Amelia Earhart's Predictions—Toppan Rare Books Library

Aug 28, 2018
American Heritage Center

In 1932 Amelia Earhart published a book called The Fun of It. The book is not hard to come by. You can check out a copy at the library, buy it on Amazon, etc.

Archives On The Air 51: African Americans In The West—John Ravage Papers

Aug 27, 2018
American Heritage Center

John Ravage, a former UW journalism professor, researched the history of many different aspects of the West, including, African American cowboys.

Archives On The Air 50: Soda Drinking Cowboys—The Garrett Price Papers

Aug 24, 2018
American Heritage Center

Garrett Price was a successful cartoonist for the New Yorker and other prominent publications during the mid-20th Century.

Archives On The Air 49: Keeping The Nation Safe—The Frank Wilson Collection

Aug 23, 2018
American Heritage Center

Few people have instituted the same level of security across America that Frank Wilson did leading the Secret Service.

Archives On The Air 48: Best Sumo Wrestling In Wyoming—Bill Manbo Papers

Aug 23, 2018
American Heritage Center

Swimming holes and sumo wrestling are not usually associated with barbed wire and guards, but all of these existed together at the Heart Mountain Relocation Center.

Archives On The Air 47: Oz Or America; Children's Books And American History—Toppan Rare Books

Aug 23, 2018
American Heritage Center

Dorothy, Toto, the Witch of the West, and the infamous red slippers all come to mind when you think of L. Frank Baum’s Wonderful Wizard of Oz.

Archives On The Air 46: Gramophone Lawsuits—Eldridge Johnson Papers

Aug 23, 2018
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The early development of devices that recorded sound was a long and dramatic journey for a group of entrepreneurs and engineers.

Archives On The Air 45: Predock's Centennial Complex—University Of Wyoming Communication Records

Aug 17, 2018
American Heritage Center

As you cruise around Laramie, you start to notice some intriguing architectural styles. Especially on the University’s campus.

Archives On The Air 44: The Dress And The Drought—"A Centennial Minute" Cassette—

Aug 16, 2018
American Heritage Center

In 1908 a large drought hit Laramie and most of Wyoming. But Laramie’s residents loved to water their new lawns using their sprinkler systems, especially Grace Raymond Hebard, the first historian of Wyoming.

Archives On The Air 42: The Ram Snuffbox—The Colket Collection; Toppan Library

Aug 14, 2018

Did you know that Laramie has its own Wunderkammer?

Archives On The Air 41: Sympathizing With Germany After WWI?—Harry Elmer Barnes Papers

Aug 13, 2018
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What country do we blame for starting WWI? Most of us would say “Germany;” but not Harry Elmer Barnes.

Archives On The Air 40: Wyoming Boy Makes It Big In Hollywood—Wally Wales Papers

Aug 13, 2018
American Heritage Center

Sometimes those “film cowboys” in westerns were real cowboys, like Wyoming native Wally Wales.

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