Bibliography of Wyoming history

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The following works deal with the cultural, political, economic, military, biographical and geologic history of pre-territorial Wyoming, Wyoming Territory and the State of Wyoming.

Surveys of Wyoming history[edit]

  • Bartlett, Ichabod S., ed. (1918). History of Wyoming Volume 1 (PDF). Chicago: The S. J. Clarke Publishing company.
  • Bartlett, Ichabod S., ed. (1918). History of Wyoming Volume 2 (PDF). Chicago: The S. J. Clarke Publishing company.
  • Bancroft, Hubert Howe; Frances Fuller Victor (1890). History of Nevada, Colorado, and Wyoming, 1540-1888 (PDF). San Francisco: The History Company.
  • Cassity, Michael. Lives Worth Living, History Worth Preserving Wyoming: A Brief History of Wyoming 1860 - 1960 (2010)
  • Coutant, Charles Griffin (1899). The history of Wyoming from the earliest known discoveries (PDF). Laramie: Chaplin, Spafford & Mathison.
  • Coutant, Charles Griffin (1899). History of Wyoming and (The Far West) (PDF). New York: Hudson Book Co.
  • Hebard, Grace Raymond (1919). The history and government of Wyoming; the history, constitution and administration of affairs (PDF). San Francisco: C. F. Weber Co.
  • Dick, Everett. Vanguards of the Frontier: A Social History of the Northern Plains and Rocky Mountains from the Earliest White Contacts to the Coming of the Homemaker (1941) online
  • Hebard, Grace Raymond (1922). Teaching Wyoming history by counties (PDF). Wyoming State Dept. of Education.
  • Swindler, William; Vexler, Robert State (1979). Wyoming: Chronology and Documentary Handbook. New York: Oceana Publications.
  • Writers' Program of the Work Projects Administration in the State of Wyoming. Wyoming, a Guide to Its History, Highways, and People (1940) online famous WPA guide

Historic expeditions[edit]

Cook, Folsom, Peterson Expedition (1869)[edit]

  • Cook, Charles W.; Folsom, Dave E.; Peterson, William (1965). Haines, Aubrey L. (ed.). The Valley of the Upper Yellowstone-An Exploration of the Headwaters of the Yellowstone River in the Year 1869. Norman, OK: University of Oklahoma Press.

Washburn, Langford, Doane Expedition (1870)[edit]

Hayden Geological Survey (1871)[edit]

  • Hayden, F. V. (1880). The Great West: Its Attractions and Resources, Containing a Popular Description of the Marvelous Scenery, Physical Geography, Fossils and Glaciers of the Wonderful Region, And the Recent Explorations of the Yellowstone Park, "The Wonderland of America". Bloomington, IL: Charles R. Brodix.
  • Merrill, Marlene Deahl, ed. (1999). Yellowstone and the Great West-Journals, Letters and Images from the 1871 Hayden Expedition. Lincoln, NE: University of Nebraska Press. ISBN 0-8032-3148-2.

Business, economy and labor[edit]

  • Cassity, Michael. Wyoming Will Be Your New Home: Ranching, Farming, and Homesteading in Wyoming, 1860–1960 (Cheyenne: Wyoming State Parks and Cultural Resources, 2011) 342 pp.
  • Cassity, Michael. Building Up Wyoming: Depression-Era Federal Projects in Wyoming, 1929-1943 (Wyoming State Historic Preservation Office, 2013)
  • Gardner, A. Dudley (1989). Forgotten Frontier: A History of Wyoming Coal Mining. Boulder, CO: Westview Press. ISBN 0-8133-1008-3.
  • Murphy, Victoria (1999). Wyoming: a 20th century history of its citizens, businesses & institutions. Carlsbad, CA: Heritage Media Corp.[1]
  • Rollinson, John K. (1948). E. A. Brininstool (ed.). Wyoming Cattle Trails, History of the Migration of Oregon-Raised Herds to Mid-Western Markets. Caldwell, ID: Claxton Printer.


  • Dorsey, George Amos (1900). An aboriginal quartzite quarry in eastern Wyoming (PDF). Chicago: Field Columbian Museum.
  • Hoebel, E. Adamson. The Cheyennes: Indians of the Great Plains (1978)
  • Lowie, Robert H. The Crow Indians (U. of Nebraska Press, 1983)

Military histories[edit]

Primary sources[edit]

Local and regional histories[edit]

Law and order[edit]

Ghost towns[edit]

  • Florin, Lambert (1971). Montana, Idaho and Wyoming: Ghost Towns. Seattle: Superior Publishing Company.
  • Pence, Mary Lou; Lola M. Homsher (1956). The Ghost Towns of Wyoming. New York: Hastings House.
  • Webb, Todd (1961). Gold Strikes and Ghost Towns. Garden City, NJ: Doubleday and Co.
  • Weis, Norman D. (1972). Ghost Towns of the Northwest. Caldwell, ID: University of Nebraska Press for Caxton Press. ISBN 0-87004-201-7.

Primary sources[edit]


  • The Historical Encyclopedia of Wyoming. Cheyenne, WY: Wyoming Historical Institute. 1970.[4]
  • Mumey, Nolie (1972). The Life Of Jim Baker 1818-1898. New York: Interland Publishing.
  • Scott, Kim Allen (2007). Yellowstone Denied-The Life of Gustavus Cheyney Doane. Norman, OK: University of Oklahoma Press. ISBN 978-0-8061-3800-8.
  • Sandoz, Mari (1992). CRAZY HORSE; The Strange Man Of The Oglalas. A Biography by.Introduction By Stephen B. Oates. 50th Anniversary Edition. Lincoln, NE: University of Nebraska Press. ISBN 978-0-8032-9211-6.

Memoirs and primary sources[edit]

  • Bonney, Orrin H.; Bonney, Lorraine (1970). Battle Drums and Geysers-The Life And Journals Of Lt. Gustavus Cheyney Doane, Soldier And Explorer Of The Yellowstone And Snake River Regions. Chicago: Swallow Press.
  • Brooks, Bryant B. (1939). Memoirs of Bryant B. Brooks: Cowboy, Trapper, Lumberman, Stockman, Oilman, Banker, and Governor of Wyoming. Glendale, CA: Arthur H. Clark Co.
  • Crawford, Lewis F. (1926). Rekindling Camp Fires-The Exploits of Ben Arnold (Connor)-An authentic narrative of sixty years in the old West as an Indian Fighter, Gold Miner, Cowboy, Hunter, and Army Scout. Bismark, ND: Capital Book Co.
  • Quaife, M.M., ed. (1926). Yellowstone Kelly-The Memoirs of Luther S. Kelly. New Haven, CT: Yale University Press.
  • Stewart, Elinore Pruitt (1914). Letters of a Woman Homesteader. Houghton Mifflin Co.[5]
  • Stewart, Elinore Pruitt (1915). Letters on an Elk Hunt. Houghton Mifflin Co.[6]

Political histories[edit]


  • Bonner, Robert E. (2007). William F. Cody's Wyoming Empire: The Buffalo Bill nobody knows. Norman, OK: University of Oklahoma Press. ISBN 978-0-8061-3829-9.

Social history[edit]

  • Fetter, Richard (1985). Mountain Men of Wyoming. Boulder, CO: Johnson Books. ISBN 0-933472-64-1.



  • Annals of Wyoming: The Wyoming History Journal Wyoming State Historical Society in association with the Department of History, University of Wyoming. Published as the Quarterly Bulletin (1923–1925), Annals of Wyoming (1925–1993), Wyoming Annals (1993–1995) and Wyoming History Journal (1995–1996).[7] Index


  • Hebard, Grace Raymond (1936). History and romance of Wyoming : a guide to book titles and historic places / compiled by Grace Raymond Hebard for use in connection with the Map of the history and romance of Wyoming drawn by Paul M. Paine and Grace Raymond Hebard. Laramie, WY: Grace Raymond Hebard.
  • Mullens, Marjorie (1977). Bibliography of the Geology of the Green River Formation, Colorado, Utah, and Wyoming, to March 1, 1977. USGS Circular 675.
  • Orr, Harriet Knight (1946). Bibliography for the history of Wyoming: a selected list of references. Laramie, WY: University of Wyoming Libraries.
  • Van Arsdale, William O., ed. (1988). Bibliographies on Wyoming topics. Laramie, WY: University of Wyoming Libraries.
  • Publications Available from the Wyoming State Geological Survey- November 1997. Wyoming Geological Survey. 1997.
  • American Imprints Inventory (No.18 Wyoming (1866-1890)). New York: Kraus Reprint Corporation. 1964.[8]
  • A selective list of books on Wyoming and the West in the Albany County Public Library, Laramie, Wyoming / prepared in commemoration of Wyoming's seventy-fifth anniversary. Laramie, WY: Albany County Public Library. 1965.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "University Libraries Wyoming Biography Database". University of Wyoming. Archived from the original on 2012-04-05. Retrieved 2011-12-04.
  2. ^ "University Libraries Wyoming Biography Database". University of Wyoming. Archived from the original on 2012-04-05. Retrieved 2011-12-04.
  3. ^ "University Libraries Wyoming Biography Database". University of Wyoming. Archived from the original on 2012-04-05. Retrieved 2011-12-04.
  4. ^ "University Libraries Wyoming Biography Database". University of Wyoming. Archived from the original on 2012-04-05. Retrieved 2011-12-04. 1669pp. 2 Vols. 1,520 biographies
  5. ^ Letters of a Woman Homesteader by Elinore Pruitt Stewart at Project Gutenberg
  6. ^ Letters on an Elk Hunt by Elinore Pruitt Stewart at Project Gutenberg
  7. ^ "Annals of Wyoming: The Wyoming History Journal". Wyoming State Historical Society. Retrieved 2011-12-04.
  8. ^ Reprints of the original works which were published over the period 1937 to 1942. Extensive run of these bibliographies of United States communities and states prepared by workers of the WPA, under the direction of Douglas C. McMurtrie.