Conference Organizers

Tamsen Hert

Conference Founder

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

307-766-6245
thert@uwyo.edu

Conference Chair

Ann Vinciguerra
Events & Communications Manager
Montana State University Library

406-994-6857
ann.vinciguerra@montana.edu

Steering Committee

  • Kenning Arlitsch, Dean of the Montana State University Library
  • Gordon Daines, Special Collections Department Chair , Brigham Young University Library
  • Michael Fox, Curator of History, Museum of the Rockies
  • Ivan Gaetz, Dean of University of Wyoming Libraries
  • Bruce Gourley, Historian, Author, Photographer, Yellowstone History Journal
  • Tammi Hanawalt, Curator of Art, National Museum of Wildlife Art
  • Tamsen Hert, Special Collections Librarian, University of Wyoming Libraries
  • Rosemary Sucec, Cultural Anthropologist, National Park Service
  • Ann Vinciguerra, Events & Communications Manager, Montana State University Library
  • Miriam Watson, Curator of Art, Yellowstone National Park Museum
  • Jan Zauha, Outreach & Humanities Librarian, Montana State University Library

Program Committee

Co-Chairs

  • Tamsen, Hert, Special Collections Librarian, University of Wyoming Libraries
  • Jan, Zauha, Outreach & Humanities Librarian, Montana State University Library

Members

  • Kenning Arlitsch, Dean of the Montana State University Library
  • Gordon Daines, Special Collections Department Chair, Brigham Young University Library
  • Bruce Gourley, Historian, Author, and Photographer, Yellowstone History Journal
  • Michael Fox, Curator of History, Museum of the Rockies
  • Tammi Hanawalt, Curator of Art, National Museum of Wildlife Art
  • Ann Vinciguerra, Events & Communications Manager, MSU Library, Montana State University Library
  • Miriam Watson, Curator of Art, Yellowstone National Park Museum

Biographies

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.