Andrew Springs Gillespie papers, circa 1895-1965

Overview of the Collection

Gillespie, Andrew Springs
Andrew Springs Gillespie papers
circa 1895-1965 (inclusive)
1.37 cubic ft. (3 boxes)
Collection Number
The collection contains correspondence, some of it with local historian and ranch owner Edith Blunk, manuscripts, an oral history interview on audiocassette, artifacts and photographs documenting ranch, rodeo, and cowboy life in southern Wyoming in the early 1900s.
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.

The creation of the EAD-version of this finding aid was made possible through a grant from the National Historic Publications and Records Commission.

Historical NoteReturn to Top

A. S. “Bud” Gillespie was an Albany County, Wyoming, rancher and co-author with R. H. Burns and Willing G. Richardson of the book Wyoming’s Pioneer Ranches, which was published in 1955. Gillespie was born in 1887, the son of Samuel W. and Maggie H. (White) Gillespie. Bud Gillespie worked as a cowboy for the Swan Land and Cattle Company and gained fame as a rodeo performer during the early 1900s. He took over operation of the Gillespie ranch on the Laramie River in 1914 and bought the former Taylor ranch on Rock Creek in 1922. After his retirement he moved to Laramie, Wyoming, and became an authority and writer on the history of Albany County.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The collection contains correspondence, manuscripts, an oral interview on tape, artifacts, and photographs documenting ranch, rodeo, and cowboy life in southern Wyoming, primarily from the early 1900s.

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Restrictions on Use

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Preferred Citation

Preferred Citation

Item Description, Box Number, Folder Number, Andrew Springs Gillespie papers, circa 1895-1965, Collection Number 00175, American Heritage Center, University of Wyoming.

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Related Materials

Related Materials

There are no other known archival collections created by Andrew Springs Gillespie at the date of processing.

Acquisition Information

Acquisition Information

The material was received from A.S. Gillespie in 1951 and 1960 and from R.H. Burns in 1972.

Processing Note

Processing Information

The collection was processed by D.C. Thompson in June 2000.

Select materials from this collection were digitized in October 2020.

Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
1 1 Advertisement: Wyoming Pioneer Ranches circa 1955
1 2 Booklet: Steamboat, by Gillespie and Burns 1952
1 3 Correspondence: Blunk, Edith Williams 1958-1959
1 4 Correspondence: Museum of Westward Expansion (St. Louis) 1962
1 5 Itinerary: Ranch Tour (Albany County) circa 1959
1 6 Manuscript: History of Virginia Dale, by Julia F. Lilley circa 1959
1 7 Manuscript: Rock Creek, by A.S. Gillespie undated
1 8 Manuscript: William Richard Williams, [by Laura Briggs] 1939
1 9 Manuscript: William Richard Williams (corrected), [by Laura Briggs] 1939
1 10 Manuscript: XX Ranch (W.R. Williams ranch), by Edith Williams Blunk undated
1 11 Notes: Little Medicine Settlement, by A.S. Gillespie undated
1 12 Photographs: Bucking horses with riders 1903-1905, 1930
1 13 Photographs: Bucking horses – Steamboat with Charlie Irwin, Hugh Clark, A.S. Gillespie 1904
1 14 Photographs: Bucking horses – Steamship with A.S. Gillespie 1905
1 15 Photographs: Cheyenne Frontier Days 1905
1 16 Photographs: Danks, Clayton with Oscar Ekdahl undated
1 17 Photographs: Gillespie, A.S. “Bud,” 1904, 1912, 1965
1 18 Photographs: Indian structure
On Pinto Creek below Pinto Rock, eighteen miles southeast of Laramie Peak
1 19 Photographs: Rattlesnake Canyon
Sites of murders of Robert Widdowfield and Tip Vincent, August 19, 1878
1 20 Photographs: Rawlins rodeo 1905
1 21 Photographs: Shot Gun outfit 1926
1 22 Photographs: Swan Land & Cattle Company (Two Bar Ranch) circa 1895-1905
1 23 Photographs: Sybille Valley Horse & Cattle Growers Association circa 1910
1 24 Photographs: Wild horses in Red Desert
Desert Dust (bucking horse)
1 25 Subject Files: Cattle circa 1951, 1963
1 26 Subject Files: McCormick, Jean Hickok circa 1940
1 27 Subject Files: McPhee, Hugh M. 1956
2 Audiotape: A.S. Gillespie
Early cattle industry; Tom Horn; case of George Black; Wilcox train robbery; early University of Wyoming
September 30, 1949
3 Ax head
From old Fort Fetterman Road north of Rock Creek
3 Horsehair rope
Made by A.S. Gillespie for the purpose of leading Steamboat. The rope took the pulled hairs from 6 to 8 horses.
3 Mule shoe
This was picked up on a street in Rock Creek.
3 Telegraph pole band
This band was used on the top of the first telegraph poles along the U.P. Railroad. It was a single wire line with the bracket set in a hole bored in the top of the pole. The band was used to keep the pole from splitting.

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

Personal Names

  • Horn, Tom, 1860-1903.

Corporate Names

  • Swan Land and Cattle Company.

Geographical Names

  • Albany County (Wyo.)--History.
  • Wyoming--History--1890-1918.
  • Wyoming--History--1919-1945.
  • Wyoming--History--1946-

Form or Genre Terms

  • Audio cassettes.
  • Photographs.


  • Ranchers.
  • Rodeo performers.

Other Creators

  • Personal Names
    • Blunk, Edith Williams.