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 37: Sweaty Documents—Climate Change In The American Heritage Center

Aug 7, 2018
Molly Marcusse

Today we are going behind the scenes at UW’s American Heritage Center and taking a look at some of the work unseen by people using the archives.

Archives On The Air 36: Pre-suffrage; Post-activism—Morton E. Post Family Papers

Aug 7, 2018
Rick Walters

Although Wyoming has roots in women’s suffrage, the transformative women behind these movements often go unnoticed.

Amalia Post, a Michigan native turned Wyomingite in 1868, was heavily involved in the emerging conversation of women in politics.

Archives On The Air 35: "How About That?"—African American Soldier's Cold War Photo Album

Aug 3, 2018
American Heritage Center

Our visual understanding of the Cold War is often limited to images of the Berlin Wall and what is was like for the boots on the ground.

Archives On The Air 33: The Father Of American Architecture—Frederick Albert Gutheim Papers

Aug 1, 2018
American Heritage Center

Frank Lloyd Wright was a powerhouse of American architecture. He designed over 500 buildings across the country. Wright’s works include the Guggenheim Museum in New York and the residential house Fallingwater in Pennsylvania.

Archives On The Air 32: The Mt. Everest Menu Of 1963—Norman Dyhrenfurth Papers

Jul 31, 2018
American Heritage Center

Norman Dyhrenfurth and Jim Whittaker took every precaution possible when preparing for their 18-day ascent of Mt. Everest in 1963.

Archives On The Air 31: Billy Owen—Witness To Early Laramie

Jul 30, 2018
American Heritage Center

William Octavius Owen was a big name for a small person, so he was always just “Billy.” Billy and his family moved to the new tent town Laramie in 1868 when he was nine.

Archives On The Air 30: "Flying Saucers, Like Girls, Are Here To Stay"—Frank Scully Papers

Jul 30, 2018
American Heritage Center

Frank Scully held many titles in his life: author, journalist, humorist, & politician. However, his interests eventually led him into a niche field: flying saucers.

Archives On The Air 29: Has This Student Newspaper Gone Too Far?—Joe Jacobucci Papers

Jul 30, 2018
American Heritage Center

How far is too far when it comes to parody? Young Joe Jacobucci found out in 1934 when he edited a parody issue of The Branding Iron, the University of Wyoming’s student newspaper.

Archives On The Air 28: Admiral Husband Kimmel—Bungler Or Fall Guy?

Jul 25, 2018
American Heritage Center

Pearl Harbor was attacked December 7, 1941 and the U.S. was catapulted into World War II. To understand events and place blame there were nine investigations between 1944 and 1946. A central figure was Admiral Husband Kimmel.

Archives On The Air 27: Union Pacific Rail Boss Jack Casement

Jul 24, 2018
American Heritage Center

Jack Casement and his brother Dan won the track laying contract for the Union Pacific Railroad from Omaha, Nebraska to Promontory Point, Utah.

Archives On The Air 26: Conservation And Preservation—Fritiof Fryxell Papers

Jul 23, 2018
American Heritage Center

UW’s American Heritage Center is teeming with collections on the philosophy, law, and practice of the country’s landscape heritage.

To understand the true nature of environmental preservation, we can turn to the papers of Fritiof Fryxell. Fryxell studied the history and changes of nature and culture throughout time.

Archives On The Air 25: From The West To The East—Buffalo Bill Papers

Jul 20, 2018
American Heritage Center

In May 2017 Barnum and Bailey’s staged their final show. However, in their earlier years, the entertainment titans had a connection with Wyoming.

Archives On The Air 24: Silent Films, Famous Scores—The Rosa Rio Collection

Jul 20, 2018
Rick Walters

You may have heard Rosa Rio before on the radio, in soap operas, or in film, but not her voice – you would have heard her music. Rio was a composer whose best known works were in the silent film industry. An odd thing to be remembered for.

Archives On The Air 23: The Monarch of the Plains—The Design of Wyoming's Flag

Jul 18, 2018
American Heritage Center

In 1919 Wyoming held a competition to design the state flag; a flag that would embody Wyoming’s heritage and accurately represent its ideals.

Archives On The Air 22: "When You Call Me That, Smile"—Owen Wister Papers

Jul 17, 2018
American Heritage Center

The most famous line of The Virginian was based on an anecdote recorded by author Owen Wister in his 1894 diary. It was attributed to saloon-owner John Lawrence in notorious and short-lived Fetterman, Wyoming, in 1885 or 1886. 

Archives On The Air 21: Jack Benny's "Magic" Violin

Jul 16, 2018
American Heritage Center

Legendary entertainer Jack Benny was a pretty good violinist. In 1911 Benny was a 17-year old professional violinist playing in Chicago’s vaudeville theaters.

But Benny found more success with his comic timing than the violin. By 1921, his fiddle was more of a prop and comedy took over.

A running gag was his hopeless attempts to play the violin. He made the illusion seem real by trying to play pieces too difficult for his skill level.

Archives On The 20: Frank Allyn—Wyoming's Road Map Pioneer

Jul 13, 2018
American Heritage Center

Frank Allyn joined the newly created Wyoming Highway Department in 1920 as a draftsman. At the time, the department was surveying existing roads across the state. By 1924 the survey was completed. From the results, Allyn created the first road map of Wyoming for the motoring public.

Archives On The Air 19: Marie Montabe, Determined WAC Recruiter

Jul 12, 2018
American Heritage Center

Marie Montabe was the wife of Albany County’s Woman’s Army Corps recruiter Harry Horton. She worked tirelessly to help her husband enlist young women, especially UW coeds, into the Corps during World War II.

Archives On The Air 18: Owen Wister—Extinct Species of the West

Jul 11, 2018
American Heritage Center

Young novelist Owen Wister made his first trip to the West in the summer of 1885. He stayed at a ranch on Deer Creek located south of what is now Glenrock, Wyoming. Wister was from an upper-crust Philadelphia family. So, what did he think of Wyoming upon his arrival?

Archives On The Air 17: The Flying Feline—Roscoe Turner Collection

Jul 11, 2018
American Heritage Center

The 1930s usually conjure images of dust and despondence – not of lion cubs sitting in the back of racing airplanes. But from 1930 to 1938, legendary Pilot Roscoe Turner was flying in cross-country airplanes with his pet lion Gilmore.

Archives On The Air 16: Snow Chi Minh Trail

Jul 9, 2018
American Heritage Center

The 77 mile stretch of Interstate 80 between Laramie and Walcott Junction has been dubbed the “Snow Chi Minh Trail.”

Archives On The Air 15: Brassy Barbara Stanwyck

Jul 9, 2018
American Heritage Center

In 1934, the Hays Code was being strictly enforced in Hollywood to clean up alleged indecency in movies.

What spurred the prudish policing? Movies like Baby Face.

Archives On The Air 14: The Lone Scouts

Jul 9, 2018
American Heritage Center

Have you heard of the Lone Scouts? It was a brother organization to the Boy Scouts.

Archives On The Air 13: "Tom Dewey of the West"—Byron Hirst

Jul 9, 2018
American Heritage Center

Byron Hirst was called the “Tom Dewey of the West” after Thomas Dewey, a well-known New York prosecutor who fought organized crime.

Archives On The Air 12: Superhero Stan Lee

Jul 9, 2018
American Heritage Center

The superhero business is booming now, but that was not always the case.

When young Stanley Lieber landed his first job in 1939 with Timely Comics, the comics industry was lowbrow publishing.

Archives On The Air 11: Hopalong Cassidy

Jul 9, 2018
American Heritage Center

"The highest badge of honor a person can wear is honesty. Be truthful at all times.”

Many children in the 1930s, 40s, and 50s were familiar with these words - part of Hopalong Cassidy’s Creed for American Boys and Girls.

Archives On The Air 10: Antelope Charlie—Charles Belden Papers

Jun 29, 2018
American Heritage Center

Charles Belden became known as the Antelope King. This name came from his clever ways of reducing the number of pronghorn on his Pitchfork Ranch near Meeteetse.

Archives On The Air 9: Terror In The Theaters—Julius Blaustein Papers

Jun 28, 2018
American Heritage Center

  

Science fiction movies in the 1950s often masked real fears and anxieties of the Cold War era. One of the common themes was a fear that technology would lead to the destruction of the planet.

Archives On The Air 8: Dean Cullen Smith—Bush Pilot Of The Antarctic

Jun 27, 2018
American Heritage Center

A courageous pilot known for navigating in severe weather gained the attention of Admiral Richard Byrd. Byrd was looking for personnel to man his first journey to Antarctica.

Archives On The Air 7: Mary O'Hara—"My Heart Is In Wyoming"

Jun 26, 2018
American Heritage Center

Could successful screenwriter and socialite Mary O'Hara exchange her glitzy lifestyle for that of a Wyoming ranch wife? Her friends did not think so.

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