One of the most asked questions by researchers visiting our Reading Room is “Where do you store all of your records?” The true archival enthusiast usually follows that question with “Can I see?” In the spirit of these inquiries, here is an illustrated overview of our storage areas.
We currently house around 84,000 cubic feet of records in the Archives and State Records Center. The boxes and volumes are stored in one of three storage areas, two within our building and one in a building on the other side of town.
The first of the storage areas in the building is directly off the Reading Room and is fondly called the Records Room. Because of its convenient location, this is where we store the records that are requested most often and those that require the most regulated environment. These records include high school transcripts, governor’s records, Secretary of State corporation files, school district censuses, early Board of Charities and Reform inmate files and mug shots, and all of our non-government collections. Our photograph files, historic maps, oral history collection and historical library of books related to Wyoming history are also found here.
The second on-site storage area is not quite as convenient, but it still offers a very stable environment. While we call it the Microfilm Vault, it is more of a storeroom than a true vault. Here, we keep the security copies of our microfilm (we can use these to create high quality duplicates for research as needed). Our photograph collection negatives and over-sized prints also live here.
Archives South/State Records Center, our off-site facility, houses the majority of our holdings. The State Records Center provides state and local offices with a safe, secure and efficient off-site storage for their semi-permanent records. Semi-permanent records are those that are no longer needed for daily business, but must be kept for a specified period of time before they are destroyed. Archives South stores permanent records that are not used as frequently as those on-site. Court case files, original county clerk record books, commercial and residential building plans, and nearly all of the state agency records are stored here.
(While we cannot always indulge the spontaneous request, we do try to schedule tours of our facilities for the curious. Please contact us if you are interested in scheduling a tour for your group.)