Big books are not rare here in the Archives, but one set takes the cake.
Measuring a staggering 20 inches x 40 inches x 3 inches, and requiring 2 staff member to move, the Laramie County Combined Assessment Roll and Tax List, Real and Personal Property, and Poll books from the first quarter of the 1900’s are massive. When open, the books spans 2 carts and 77 inches!
So why would a county possibly need with a book this big? As the title says, these books were kept by the County Assessors Office to keep track of tax assessment rates, whether the taxes were paid, and also functioned as voters registration records all in one place, rather than in 3 separate books.
Due to the size of the books, it is difficult to bring the originals in for research. For this reason, the books are available on microfilm in the Reading Room, saving the books (and our backs!) from wear and tear.