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.

Archives On The Air 92: Downtown Cheyenne—Verna Endicott Papers

Jan 15, 2019

Verna Endicott grew up in Cheyenne in the 1910s and 20s. Her diaries describe downtown Cheyenne as she experienced it. 

Archives On The Air 91: The Man Of A Thousand Experiences—Courtney Ryley Cooper Papers

Jan 14, 2019
Box 4, Courtney Riley Cooper papers

"A journalist, an actor, a clown, a crime expert, and an elephant tamer" may sound like the beginning of a bad joke, but this is actually the resume of one notable person: Courtney Ryley Cooper.

Archives On The Air 90: Foul-Ups, Bleeps And Blunders—The Bob Booker Papers

Nov 19, 2018
American Heritage Center

Bob Booker was a producer for a 1984 ABC show called Foul-Ups, Bleeps and Blunders. The show featured outtakes from tv shows and local news.

Archives On The Air 89: Papier-Mâché Presidents—The Stanley Glaubach Papers

Nov 19, 2018
American Heritage Center

Stanley Glaubach was a sculptor and visual artist who worked for prominent magazines in the 1960s. He was known for working with papier-mâché, models, found objects and bright colors.

Archives On The Air 88: Warm Night In A Cold Train—James L. Ehernberger Western Railroad Collection

Nov 19, 2018
American Heritage Center

Getting stuck in the middle of a trip is not fun. But imagine being a passenger on the number four train from Laramie to Cheyenne in 1883 when the snow stopped it dead—for twenty-two hours.

Archives On The Air 87: Wyoming, The 43rd State—The Downey Family Papers

Nov 19, 2018
American Heritage Center

Wyoming fought for many years to become a state.

Archives On The Air 86: "Last Week, On Batman"—The William Dozier Papers

Nov 19, 2018
American Heritage Center

That was William Dozier, Narrator and Executive Producer of the Batman TV show that ran from 1966-1968.

The 1960s version of Batman is famous for being campy and goofy. Even at the time it was criticized for taking the source material too lightly.

William Dozier’s papers at UW’s American Heritage Center contain scripts, photos, and other production documents from the Batman TV show.

Archives On The Air 85: The Banana Expert—Albert C. Ball Papers

Nov 14, 2018
American Heritage Center

During WWII Pilot Albert C. Ball once flew a group of academics to the south pacific where they trained US troops how to survive in the region.

Archives On The Air 84: The Secret Of Happiness—The Virginia Scully Papers

Nov 13, 2018
American Heritage Center

Virginia Scully was a journalist and nonfiction writer until the 1970s. Her papers contain an unpublished poem called “The Secret of Happiness.” 

Archives On The Air 83: Adrian Scott—Secret Screenwriter—Miscellaneous Collections

Nov 13, 2018
American Heritage Center

The Red Scare of the 1940s and 50s hit Hollywood hard.

Archives On The Air 82: Oatmeal And The Spanish-American War—The Richard H. Wilson Papers

Nov 12, 2018

Captain Richard H. Wilson was an American soldier during the Spanish-American war. He wrote a one-hundred-page manuscript about his experiences in Cuba.

Archives On The Air 81: Saratoga Is A Tourist Town—The Garrett Price Papers

Nov 12, 2018

Garrett Price was a cartoonist for the New Yorker and other publications in the early 20th century. He grew up in Saratoga, Wyoming. Price attended University of Wyoming from 1912-1914.

Archives On The Air 80: An American In China—Murray Coggeshall Diary

Nov 5, 2018
American Heritage Center

Around 1900 trade policies made it common for Americans to travel to China for business.

Archives On The Air 79: "Sci-Fi Was My High"—The Forrest Ackerman Collection

Nov 1, 2018
American Heritage Center

Forrest Ackerman is not a household name but he made a big impact in popular culture.

Archives On The Air 78: The Wyoming Opera—Root's Opera House Scrapbook

Nov 1, 2018
American Heritage Center

Did you know that Laramie, Wyoming had its own opera house?

Archives On The Air 77: Kitten Kaye—Leon BeRoth Papers

Oct 30, 2018
American Heritage Center

Comic strip Don Winslow of the Navy ran from 1934 to 1955. It was used as a military recruitment tool specifically targeting the Midwest. The comic strip ran in 285 newspapers.

Archives On The Air 76: Wind And Mayhem—Verna Endicott papers

Oct 29, 2018
American Heritage Center

It only takes one visit to Wyoming to know how intense the wind can be.

Archives On The Air 75: Aviator And Olympian—Eugene Vidal Papers

Oct 26, 2018
American Heritage Center

Eugene Vidal was both a competitor and coach in the 1920 and 1924 Olympics, but he is best known for his contributions to the world of aviation.

Rick Walters

Pablo Neruda was a Nobel Prize winning poet from Chile.

In a 1971 CBS interview Steve Barker asked about the poster on Neruda’s wall of British model Twiggy.

Archives On The Air 73: UFO Psychology—Leo Sprinkle Papers

Oct 24, 2018
American Heritage Center

Have you wondered about the psychology of UFO conspiracies?

Archives On The Air 72: The Early Byrd—First African American In Wyoming State Senate

Oct 23, 2018
American Heritage Center

Harriett Elizabeth Byrd was an African American woman born in Cheyenne. She graduated from West Virginia State College in 1949 and was an elementary school teacher in Cheyenne for 27 years.

Archives On The Air 71: Personalities Of War—Nguyen Cao Ky Papers

Oct 22, 2018
American Heritage Center

Nguyen Cao Ky was the Prime Minister of South Vietnam from 1963 to 1971. His correspondence, interviews, photos, and speeches show us a view of the Vietnam War from the inside.

Archives On The Air 70: The Flying Nun—The Harry Ackerman Papers

Sep 26, 2018

Harry Ackerman was a tv producer who helped create I Love Lucy, Leave it to Beaver and Gunsmoke. Ackerman also worked on some lesser known shows.

Archives On The Air 69: The History Of Your Home—Gladys Beery Papers

Sep 25, 2018
American Heritage Center

Gladys Beery was a fan of Laramie, Wyoming. She devoted her life to studying Laramie’s urban, architectural, and social history.

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

Sep 24, 2018
American Heritage Center

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
American Heritage Center

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
American Heritage Center

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.