- Associated Press - Monday, March 7, 2016

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) - The University of Wyoming American Heritage Center has made it easier for the public to learn about the first African-American woman to serve in the state Legislature.

The Casper Star-Tribune reports (http://bit.ly/1UMY0rL ) that the Heritage Center has digitized materials from the Liz Byrd archive and placed them in an online collection.

Digital archivist Tyler Cline says the Byrd collection is part of a Wyoming Cultural Trust Fund Grant project that seeks to digitize documents that provide information about Wyoming women in politics and leadership.

Byrd served as a Democrat in the House from 1981 to 1988 and in the Senate from 1989 to 1992. She died last year at the age of 88.

The online archive includes baby pictures from the 1920s, photos of campaign materials and images from her political career.

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Information from: Casper (Wyo.) Star-Tribune, http://www.trib.com

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