Where Does It All Come From?

We have a LOT of records here at the Archives. And I mean a LOT!

Looking down the main aisle of Archives South, our off-site storage building. The bound volumes are county clerk record books from across the state.

Looking down the main aisle of Archives South, our off-site storage building. The bound volumes are county clerk record books from across the state.

All told, we have roughly 84,000 cubic feet of material between the Archives (permanent records) and State Records Center (semi-permanent records), and that number is growing all the time.

The wall of boxes on the main aisle of the State Records Center. Each of those boxes is considered 1 cubic foot. And they are stacked 2 deep on the shelves!

The wall of boxes on the main aisle of the State Records Center. Each of those boxes is considered 1 cubic foot. And they are stacked 2 deep on the shelves!

So where do the records come from? The quick answer is from everywhere.

The vast majority of records are transferred to us from state and county offices. These are records that have been designated as semi-permanent or permanent records and are no longer in regular use by the departments who created them. In many cases, the agencies do not have the space to store the records, nor the staff to provide adequate access them. That is where we come in. The Archives centralizes the storage and reference access to these little used but still vital records, freeing space and staff time for the creating agencies.

While some agencies are able to bring their boxes to us, others rely on our annual transfer trips. Every summer we send out two staff members in a truck for 3-4 days travel in one of three regions to pick up records. This year, we picked up nearly 400 cubic feet!

Records Analyst Lisa Hasting, in red, stacks boxes in the truck during a transfer trip stop in Casper this June.

Records Analyst Lisa Hasting, in red, stacks boxes in the truck during a transfer trip stop in Casper this June.

The rest of our collection has come to us by generous donation from the public. These are non-governmental records, like photographs, manuscripts, family, business and club papers. We are always excited to see what treasures folks have found and brought in.

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