Lora Webb Nichols papers, 1897-1970

Overview of the Collection

Nichols, Lora Webb, 1883-1962.
Lora Webb Nichols papers
1897-1970 (inclusive)
19.70 cubic ft. (21 boxes) + 471 GB
Collection Number
Lora Webb Nichols was a women pioneer in the Encampment, Wyoming area. Collection contains transcripts of her diaries, a manuscript, and photographs and negatives of Wyoming, California, and the Rocky Mountain region.
American Heritage Center, University of Wyoming
American Heritage Center
University of Wyoming
1000 E. University Ave.
Dept. 3924
Laramie, WY
Telephone: 3077663756
Access Restrictions
Access Restrictions

There are no access restrictions on the materials for research purposes, and the collection is open to the public.


Historical NoteReturn to Top

Lora Webb Nichols (1883-1962) was born in Boulder, Colorado. She lived most of her life in Encampment, Wyoming where she was married to Albert (Bert) Oldman in 1900, and to her cousin Guy H. Nichols in 1914. She worked in the Encampment post office, owned and published the Encampment newspaper, and worked as a ranch cook. In 1935, she moved to Stockton, California, where she became superintendent of the Stockton Childrens Home. Upon retiring, she returned to Encampment, where she wrote her unfinished memoirs, "I Remember : A Girl's Eye View of Early Days in the Rocky Mountains."

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The collection contains transcripts of her diaries (1897-1907), an unfinished manuscript, "I Remember" (ca. 1962, covering events from 1859-1905), and photographs and negatives of Nichols life in Wyoming, California, and the Rocky Mountain region.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Restrictions on Use

Copyright Information

The researcher assumes full responsibility for observing all copyright, property, and libel laws as they apply.

Preferred Citation

Preferred Citation

Item Description, Box Number, Folder Number, Collection Name, Collection Number, American Heritage Center, University of Wyoming.

Alternative Forms Available

Existence and Location of Copies

Digital reproductions of select material from this collection are available at https://digitalcollections.uwyo.edu/luna/servlet/uwydbuwy~6~6.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top

Related Materials

Related Materials

Lora Webb Nichols papers are also located at the Grand Encampment Museum in Encampment, Wyoming.

Location of Originals

Location of Originals

Grand Encampment Museum in Encampment, Wyoming retains possession of original diaries from which photocopies and transcripts have been made for this collection.

Acquisition Information

Acquisition Information

This material was received from Lora Nichols in 1961, Vera Oldman from 1963-1980, and Mary Nichols Ledington in 2015.

Processing Note

Processing Information

The collection was processed by Jamie J. Greene in September 2020.

The negatives of the Lora Webb Nichols papers have been digitized and made available on-line thanks to a grant from the Wyoming Cultural Trust Fund from 2017-2020.

Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

Diary of Laura Webb Nichols Oldman, Vol. I-IV (typed transcripts and copies), 1897-1907Return to Top

Container(s): Box 1

Manuscript: "I Remember: A Girl's Eye View of Early Days in the Rocky Mountains" by Laura Nichols, 1963Return to Top

Container(s): Box 2

Negatives (nitrate, acetate, and color):Return to Top

Container(s) Description
Wyoming (Carbon County, Encampment, Riverside, Saratoga, family and friends, ranches, railroads (S and E - Saratoga and Encampment Railroad), landscapes, houses, mines and mining)
California (Stockton, Children's Home where Lora Webb Nichols worked, family and friends, landscapes, houses)
Digital ahcdm_01005_001
Digital copies of negatives

Photographs:Return to Top

Container(s) Description
Battle, Wyoming
Encampment and Riverside, Wyoming
Encampment, Wyoming buildings
Ledbetter, Jack (Mr. and Mrs.) at Encampment area
Rambler, Wyoming
Saratoga, Wyoming

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

Subject Terms

  • Mining districts -- Wyoming -- Carbon Count.

Personal Names

  • Oldman, Albert

Family Names

  • Nichols family

Geographical Names

  • California -- History -- 1850-1950
  • Carbon County (Wyo.) -- History
  • Encampment (Wyo.) -- History.
  • Stockton (Calif.)
  • Wyoming -- History -- 1890-1918
  • Wyoming -- History -- 1919-1945
  • Wyoming -- History -- To 1889

Form or Genre Terms

  • Autobiographies
  • Diaries
  • Negatives (photographs)