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. I have 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 American Heritage Center to secure a permanent home for the negatives.
Below are a few highlights from the collection. Additional information about Lora Webb Nichols work can be found at www.lorawebbnichols.com.