The Lora Webb Nichols Archive


Nicole Jean Hill is the co-curator of the Lora Webb Nichols collections, housed at the American Heritage Center in Laramie, Wyoming. Lora Webb Nichols (1883-1962) created and collected approximately 24,000 negatives over the course of her lifetime in the mining town of Encampment, Wyoming. The images chronicle the domestic, social, and economic aspects of the sparsely populated frontier of south-central Wyoming throughout the early 20th century. Nicole Jean Hill has been working on preserving this archive in collaboration with the Nichols family since 2013, including digitizing the photographs, organizing the corresponding text, recovering the photographer’s diaries and letters, and collaborating with the Grand Encampment Museum and the American Heritage Center to secure a permanent home for the negatives. 

Below are few highlights from the collection. Additional information about Lora Webb Nichols work can be found at  


Highlights from the Archive


In the Press



PBS episode of Wyoming Chronicle featuring Nancy Anderson and Nicole Jean Hill discussing the Lora Webb Nichols Archive.


Essay in Exposure: