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University of Wyoming Wool Laboratory, 1907-2012
Agricultural History Society Conference (2014)
  • David Delbert Kruger, University of Wyoming
The University of Wyoming Wool Laboratory operated on campus from 1907-2012, in which time the sheep and wool industry experienced great change. For over a century, the faculty of the Wool Lab carefully cataloged research associated with sheep and wool, accumulating a collection of over 1,000 individual titles, 10,000 bound journal articles, correspondence, equipment manuals, and data notebooks, and a set of 872 preserved wool samples dating from 1837. This collection, now housed at the Emmett D. Chisum Special Collections Library at the University of Wyoming, is thought to be one of the most unique and complete collections of sheep and wool research in the world. This session would detail the history and importance of the UW Wool Lab and the process of making this collection, which has never before been widely available, useful to the modern researcher, fiber artist, and historian. Processing this collection requires attending to the events of the past while working in a modern, digital environment. Highlights of the session would include footage from a web-based documentary created by UW Libraries and UW Extension.
  • Sheep,
  • Wool,
  • Wyoming,
  • University of Wyoming,
  • Preservation,
  • History,
  • Agricultural Education
Publication Date
June 21, 2014
Citation Information
David Delbert Kruger. "University of Wyoming Wool Laboratory, 1907-2012" Agricultural History Society Conference (2014)
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