Ways To Find Things

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Ways To Find Things

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.)
    • WyoCOMET. 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.