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 the AHC's Birgit Burke (previously by Molly Marcuse), each new episode of Archives on the Air reveals a fascinating tidbit from the AHC's vast collection.

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A 1949 western novel features a mysterious gunslinger named Shane who rides into the lives of a Wyoming homestead family of the late 1880s.

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In 1837, wealthy Scots nobleman William Drummond Stewart entered the studio of young artist Alfred Jacob Miller. After lingering over a painting, he offered a compliment and departed.

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The number and popularity of science fiction films in the 1950s has led some to label it a golden age.

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Carrie Arnold loved western history and used her artistic talent to portray sites and communities in the West.

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Aloha Wanderwell was an adventurer. In 1922 at age 16, she joined an expedition traveling around the world by Model-T Ford.

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Dr. Sara Jane Rhoads joined the University of Wyoming's faculty in 1948. She was one of the first women in the United States to reach full professor rank in chemistry. 

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Annette Becher Grey was ordained a minister in 1900 and became pastor of the South Side Congregational Church in Cheyenne. 

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Chief Washakie was leader of the Eastern Shoshone from the 1840s until his death in 1900.

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Photographer Jean Howard captured Hollywood glamor of the 1940s and 50s. Marriage to super-agent Charles Feldman provided her with access to celebrities like Marilyn Monroe.

Archives On The Air 182: Wartime Anthropologist—Moana Tregaskis—Richard Tregaskis Papers

May 28, 2020
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Moana McLaughlin Tregaskis is at times eclipsed by her husband - noted journalist and author Richard Tregaskis. Like her husband, she was a reporter and war correspondent.

Archives On The Air 189: Wyoming Women Making Democracy Work

Mar 13, 2020
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The League of Women Voters was a grassroots organization formed in 1920 to teach women in the U.S. how to use their new voting power after passage of the 19th amendment. 

Archives On The Air 181: Wyoming's First Woman Secretary Of State—Thyra Thomson Papers

Mar 12, 2020
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The Wyoming State Senate had a heated debate over the Equal Rights Amendment in 1973.

Wyoming's Secretary of State Thyra Thomson argued that despite being the Equality State, gender bias still existed.

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Caroline Lockhart was a newspaper publisher, writer, journalist, rancher, and rodeo sponsor.

An interview with western showman Buffalo Bill Cody in 1904 inspired her to relocate in Cody, Wyoming, where she remained the rest of her life.

Archives On The Air 171: The Struggles And Triumph Of Liz Byrd—Elizabeth "Liz" Byrd Family Papers

Mar 11, 2020
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Liz Byrd was the first black woman to serve in the Wyoming State Legislature.

Growing up as an African American in Wyoming in the 1930s and 40s was not easy. In high school Byrd was denied service in a Cheyenne drugstore. Her white classmates threw the ice from their drinks over the counter and walked out.

Archives On The Air 179: Writing A Woman's West—Burt Family Papers

Mar 10, 2020
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Katharine Newlin Burt was an author of western novels, short stories, plays and poetry.

Although a native New Yorker, she was entranced with the West. She once said that "all her life she wanted to marry a man from the West."

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Leona Wells came to Wyoming from Illinois in 1898 because she wanted the right to vote. Wyoming’s U.S. Senator Francis E. Warren hired her as a staffer. She became one of the very rare well-paid professional women on Capitol Hill.

Archives On The Air 177: SPEBSGSA—Laramie Chapter Records

Dec 19, 2019
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Barbershop quartets are a form of a cappella music that started in the 1930s. In 1938 a nationwide group for Barbershop singers appeared. It was called the Society for the Preservation and Encouragement of Barber Shop Quartet Singing in America. Or if you prefer acronyms, SPEBSQSA.

Archives On The Air 176: Man Without A Star—Dee Linford Papers

Dec 18, 2019
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Dee Linford grew up in Wyoming before he was drafted into the Marines in World War II. Linford was stationed in Japan.

Archives On The Air 175: Women In Industry—Wilma Soss Papers

Dec 16, 2019
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Wilma Soss was a publisher, writer, and radio journalist in New York. In all of her work Soss advocated for women in industry and stockholding.

Archives On The Air 174: Hollywood's Other Characters—Jacques Kapralik Papers

Dec 11, 2019
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Jacques Kapralik was a caricature artist for Hollywood.

He brought his talents to LA in the mid-193os and began making movie posters.

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Foreign correspondents were the first to raise the alarm about Hitler's Germany. They witnessed the violence first hand. One of these reporters was Gregor Ziemer. While in Germany he interviewed Hitler and probed the Hitler Youth program.

Archives On The Air 172: Jurassic Conmen—Cathrine Curtis Corporation Records

Nov 21, 2019
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Cathrine Curtis was an early film producer. She started the Cathrine Curtis Corporation in 1919.

Archives On The Air 170: The Montgomery Ward Seizure—Montgomery Ward Records

Nov 21, 2019
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President Roosevelt was faced with labor strikes at home during World War II. The strikes delayed production for the war.

Archives On The Air 169: The Haunting Of The Centlivre Family—Centlivre Family Papers

Nov 18, 2019
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The Centlivre family lived in the Midwest. In 1913 their daughter's spirit began communicating with them. The daughter died at age four. They called her spirit "J".

Archives On The Air 168: The Joy Girl—Olive Borden Papers

Nov 18, 2019
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Olive Borden was a silent film star. Her film career started in 1922 in comedy shorts. She starred in the 1927 film The Joy Girl.

Archives On The Air 167: Jim Beckwourth—Toppan Rare Books Library

Nov 14, 2019
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Jim Beckwourth was born into slavery. He came West around 1820.

Archives On The Air 166: Cartoon Composer—William Lava Papers

Nov 14, 2019
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William Lava had no formal music training. He had a journalism degree. But the great depression kept him from breaking into the news.

Archives On The Air 165: Scouting Mount Everest—Betsy Cowles Partridge Papers

Nov 12, 2019
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In 1950 Coloradoan Betsy Cowles Partridge was part of an attempt to find a path to the summit of Mount Everest.

Archives On The Air 164: "Please Keep Me In Your Dreams"—Tot Seymour Papers

Nov 12, 2019
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In the early 1930s, Tot Seymour was writing lyrics for Hollywood movies. She teamed up with composer Vee Lawnhurst. They founded a company called Famous Music. Seymour and Lawnhurst touted themselves as "the first successful team of girl song writers in popular music history".

Archives On The Air 163: Wyoming Defends Women's Suffrage—Morton E. Post Family Papers

Jun 17, 2019

2020 marks one hundred years since the nineteenth amendment allowed women to vote in the U.S. But Wyoming women have had the right to vote for 50 years longer than the rest of the country.

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