2019 Conference Organizers

Tamsen Hert
Head, Emmett D. Chisum Special Collections
University of Wyoming Libraries

Phone: (307) 766-6245

Lyn Clayton
Supervisor of the Central Processing Unit
Brigham Young University Lee Library

Phone: (801) 442-2959

Wendy Duran
Event Manager
Brigham Young University Lee Library

Phone: (801) 422-4301

Event Staff

Ava Cecil
Tour and Catering Coordinator

Brooklyn Cathers
Marketing and Communications Coordinator

Hannah Grisenti
Volunteer Coordinator

Sabrina Warren
User Experience and Production Coordinator 

Cody Moyes
Program and Presenter Support Coordinator


Anna Wilder – Art Director 
Nicole Frampton – Graphic Designer
William Graham – Event Staff


Tamsen Emerson Hert

University of Wyoming Libraries

Tamsen Emerson Hert has been with the University of Wyoming Libraries since 1986. In 2009 she was appointed Head of Emmett D. Chisum Special Collections. This department includes several collections most notably the Grace Raymond Hebard Collection which is considered the most comprehensive collection of published material on all aspects of Wyoming’s history, natural history and culture. Since Wyoming his home to several “firsts” in American West and conservation history – First National Park: Yellowstone; First National Monument: Devils Tower; and First National Forest: Shoshone; the Hebard Collection also contains significant and unique materials related to these areas.

Tamsen holds a Master’s Degree in  Library Science and an MA in History from Emporia (Kansas) State University. She is a co-author of University of Wyoming: Campus History Series (2012) published by Arcadia Publishing. Several articles have appeared in the Annals of Wyoming which focus on the cultural heritage of Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks. Her 2005 article, “Luxury in the Wilderness: Yellowstone’s Grand Canyon Hotel, 1911-1960” in Yellowstone Science received the 2006 Wyoming State Historical Society Award for best article.

Her most recent piece, on Yellowstone concessioner Howard H. Hays, appeared in the inaugural (2018) issue of the Yellowstone History Journal published by the Yellowstone Historic Center. Ms. Hert is a recipient of the John Topham and Susan Redd Butler Off-Campus Faculty Research Award (2018) and the Charles Redd Fellowship in Western American History (2010) from the Charles Redd Center at Brigham Young University which support her work with co-author Lee H. Whittlesey on the history of Yellowstone’s hotels, lodges, and camps. She has also received research support from the Wyoming State Historical Society Lola Homsher Grant (2010, 2006, 2000). She has presented on various Yellowstone topics at the Western History Association; the Yellowstone Gateway Museum in Livingston, Montana; the Yellowstone Historic Center, West Yellowstone, Montana; the Harold B. Lee Library, BYU, Provo, Utah; as well as at various venues across Wyoming for chapters of the Wyoming State Historical Society.

Lyn Clayton

Brigham Young University Lee Library

Lyn Clayton is the curator of the Yellowstone National Park Collection in the L. Tom Perry Special Collections at the Harold B. Lee Library. He is also supervisor of manuscript processing. He holds an MA in History, with an emphasis on early Western American history from Brigham Young University. As a co-author, his most recent publications are: “The Spark in the Powder: Iroquois Freeman Trappers in the Rocky Mountain Fur Trade.” Rocky Mountain Fur Trade Journal. Vol. 12, 2018, and “Linking Collections through Authority Work: The John Salter Letter at Brigham Young University” Archival Outlook, January/February 2019. Lyn has had a 25+ year research love affair with Yellowstone. Along with Larry Draper, he is currently working on three publications involving the history of Yellowstone National Park.