UW Libraries Digital Collections Office Services

The Digital Collections Office has two primary emphases, the first of which is Collection and Digitization by:

  • Operating the Digital UW Repository which offers access, discovery, secure storage, and long-term preservation of content curated by the Digital Collections Office.
  • Working with a broad range of constituencies to identify unique content to collect.
  • Preserving & converting analog content of all kinds to digital formats with the ultimate goal of open and broad dissemination online.
  • Supporting born digital research and creative outputs of the University of Wyoming and its partners.

The second area of emphasis is to support UW’s scholarly output by:

  • Operating the Wyoming Scholars Repository (WySR) which stores, disseminates, and preserves UW scholarship of all types and formats.
  • Offer a scholarly output and publishing platform to UW faculty, students, and staff.
  • Enabling faculty, student, and staff works to be easily discoverable on the web.

We can handle a wide variety of content including still images (such as photographs), large scale maps (up to 54" in one dimension), books, loose papers & manuscripts, audio, and video. See here for details on equipment employed by the Digital Collections Office.

Project Examples

  • Digital Herbaria
    In partnership with the National Park Service, the University of Wyoming Libraries has been digitizing vascular plant herbarium collections for selected National Parks. Specimen data for over 4 years running.
  • Botanical Collection Books
    An offshoot of the Digital Herbaria project, the Botanical Fieldbooks Collection is comprised of original handwritten field notebooks of Botanists including Aven Nelson, Elias Nelson, Leslie N. Goodding, Edwin B. and Lois B. Payson, Louis O. Williams and others identified only by initials. Specimens were collected primarily in Wyoming, but also in parts of Colorado, Nebraska, Montana, Idaho, and other states.
  • University of Wyoming Agricultural Experiment Station Bulletins
    Beginning in 1893, these bulletins describe various research projects undertaken by UW’s Agricultural Experiment Station to aid residents of Wyoming in all things related to agriculture. These are full-text searchable and downloadable in PDF format.
  • Manifold Greatness: The Creation and Afterlife of the King James Bible
    A series of recorded lectures available as streaming video within our Open Access scholarly repository, WySR. These videos are born digital and prepared for streaming format by UW TV as well as the UW Libraries.