Archives West Finding Aid
Table of Contents
- Overview of the Collection
- Content Description
- Use of the Collection
- Administrative Information
- Detailed Description of the Collection
- Names and Subjects
Lora Webb Nichols papers, 1897-1970
- Nichols, Lora Webb, 1883-1962.
- Lora Webb Nichols papers
- 1897-1970 (inclusive)18971969
- 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.
University of Wyoming, American Heritage Center
American Heritage Center
University of Wyoming
1000 E. University Ave.
- 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
The researcher assumes full responsibility for observing all copyright, property, and libel laws as they apply.
Item Description, Box Number, Folder Number, Collection Name, Collection Number, American Heritage Center, University of Wyoming.
Digital reproductions of select material from this collection are available at https://digitalcollections.uwyo.edu/luna/servlet/uwydbuwy~6~6.
Administrative InformationReturn to Top
Lora Webb Nichols papers are also located at the Grand Encampment Museum in Encampment, Wyoming.
Grand Encampment Museum in Encampment, Wyoming retains possession of original diaries from which photocopies and transcripts have been made for this collection.
This material was received from Lora Nichols in 1961, Vera Oldman from 1963-1980, and Mary Nichols Ledington in 2015.
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
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 copies of negatives
Photographs:Return to Top
Encampment and Riverside, Wyoming
Encampment, Wyoming buildings
Ledbetter, Jack (Mr. and Mrs.) at Encampment area
Names and SubjectsReturn to Top
- Mining districts -- Wyoming -- Carbon Count.
- Oldman, Albert
- Nichols family
- 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
- Negatives (photographs)