Find It in the Archives

Find It in the Archives

What We Have & How To Find It

Click drawers to find out more.

FAQs Ask an Archivist Forms Get a Copy Visit the Archives

Ways to Find Things


Card Catalogs 

  • Search for historical collections (not from government offices) and for photographs in these catalogs in our public reading room.  Cards list authors, topics, and location information.

Finding Aids.  

  • These documents describe each group of archival records (government files) or historical collections (papers of individuals, families, businesses or organizations.)
    • WYO COMET. Coming soon - this searchable online database lists finding aids for a growing number of our collections (e.g. the records of the Governor’s office; the records of the Secretary of State).  Each finding aid describes the collection and gives a box and folder listing.  Some of the finding aids include links to actual digitized documents within the collections.
    • Printed finding aids for each collection.  Housed in notebooks in our public reading room.
    • Digital copies of finding aids for each collection.  Ask our staff if you would like a copy of a finding aid downloaded or sent to you from our internal files.

Wyoming’s Statewide Online Catalog

  • Soon you can search here for our books, city directories, phone books, and more.


  • Search separate online databases for photographs, maps, microfilm holdings, newspapers, death certificates, Wyoming cities, Wyoming history, and finding aids for our archival collections and manuscript collections.

Wyoming Blue Book Wiki  

  • Search through this online encyclopedia on Wyoming’s history, government agencies and state officials.

Guides to Topics  

  • See Guides and topic lists below.

Vertical File  

  • These folders of newsclippings and small print items, arranged by topic, are available in our public reading room.





State and local government records:    

Historical Collections 

  • Papers of individuals, families, businesses and groups.

Oral Histories  ( links open in new tab/window)



Published sources

  • Books and other publications  ( link opens in new tab/window) – Soon you can search online for our books, city directories, phone books, and more.
  • Wyoming newspapers  - search online ( link opens in new tab/window) up to 1923; read on microfilm ( link opens in new tab/window) up to the current year in our reading room.
  • Phone Books
  • State Directories - 1906-1911, 1914, 1916-1932, 1937, 1939-1942, 1950, 1953-1955, 1989-1991.  
  • City Directories (“Coming Soon”) These will be in WYLDCat...

Digital Collections


Guides and Topic Lists



Looking for a topic for a paper, or a place to start your search?  Try our guides!