May 17, 2022

Stan Lee’s Papers are Held at the University of Wyoming’s American Heritage Center

From the Casper Star-Tribune:


Source: Wikimedia Commons

This article originally ran in a May 2012 edition of the Star-Tribune. In light of Stan Lee’s death Monday, we are re-publishing the article.


Lee challenged the image of the prototypical superhero by giving his characters humanistic flaws. He created the serialized comic, stories continuing from one issue to the next. His characters once again appear in theaters Friday with the U.S. debut of the Marvel film “The Avengers.”

And it is the University of Wyoming’s American Heritage Center in Laramie that houses his archives: 118 boxes of working drafts, photos, video, articles and fan mail.


Once the American Heritage Center landed the collections of a few people in the entertainment industry, it became appealing to others who wanted their scripts and drafts preserved for posterity.

That’s how the center got Stan Lee.

In a January interview with the Wall Street Journal, Lee said: “I have this little archive at the University of Wyoming. You may wonder why I picked that university, but when they asked if I would archive my material there, they said that Jack Benny, he had his archive there, and I was a big fan of Jack Benny’s and I figured if he’s there I want to be there.”

Read the Complete Article (approx. 1300 words)

Direct to Finding Aid: Inventory of the Stan Lee Papers (via American Heritage Center/U. of Wyoming)

Direct to Comic Book Industry Collections (via American Heritage Center/U. of Wyoming)

See Also: Audio and Video: Remembering Stan Lee: A Collection of Interviews and Presentations

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