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American Folklife Center Collections: Wyoming

This guide provides access to ethnographic resources documenting expressive culture in the state of Wyoming at the Library of Congress.


American Folklife Center collections from Wyoming document the diversity of its expressive culture. Among its unique collections are recordings of Northern Arapaho and Shoshone music collected in Wyoming by noted ethnomusicologist Willard Rhodes for the Bureau of Indian Affairs in 1951; songs of the Shoshone collected by Judith Vander in the 1970s and 1980s; and recordings of music and interviews in the Wyoming Council on the Arts Radio Project Collection (1984). Interviews with veterans from Wyoming can be found in the Veterans History Project collections, including one with a Medal of Honor recipient.

Wyoming-based folklorist Andrea Graham discusses her fieldwork among fishers and hunters in the contemporary American West and explores how these traditions maintain, reinforce, and celebrate deeply-rooted elements of place, family and community life. June 07, 2018.

Collections of Interest

The following materials link to fuller bibliographic information in the Library of Congress Online Catalog. Links to digital content are provided when available.

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The Bar J Wranglers from Wilson, Wyoming (outside Jackson Hole) carry on a family tradition of entertaining audiences throughout the intermountain West with their mixture of cowboy music, humorous skits and celebration of ranch life. October 2, 2008.

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