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Emmett D. Chisum Special Collections: Grace Raymond Hebard

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"The Hebard Collection is a major research collection of national importance that provides essential service for scholars working in the history and culture of Wyoming and the Mountain Plains West."

--George Miles, Curator
Western Americana Library
Beinecke Library, Yale University

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About the Grace Raymond Hebard Collection

The Grace Raymond Hebard Collection is considered to be the most comprehensive collection of published materials about Wyoming history, culture and natural history. It is the library of record for University of Wyoming publications. This collection, holding more than 50,000 cataloged titles; helps to document the history and culture of Wyoming and the region by collecting, preserving, and providing access to unique, rare or valuable books, pamphlets, ephemera, maps, games, state and federal documents, and videos and DVDs.

Hebard Room History

Librarian Reba Davis (1919-1929) designated a Hebard Room in the then-new University Library Building (now the Aven Nelson Building) in 1924. Named in honor of Librarian Emeritus and historian, Grace Raymond Hebard, this space housed a small, but growing book collection on Wyoming history. Much of the original material in the collection was collected and preserved by Dr. Hebard, including a complete file of University of Wyoming Original Hebard Room publications; as complete a file of Wyoming State publications as possible; and books on Wyoming and Western U.S. history. 

The will of Dr. Hebard, who died October 11, 1936, directed that all of her historical material-books, maps, photographs, and files-be donated to the University. The published materials were added to those already housed in the Hebard Room, while the manuscript materials became the basis for the University Archives, today known as the American Heritage Center.

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