collections

The collections department at the Jim Gatchell Memorial Museum is responsible for the care and collection of artifacts.  The Jim Gatchell Memorial Museum collection contains over 20,000 artifacts including documents, photographs, firearms, clothing, and wagons.

The collection was started by Jim Gatchell as his personal collection and displayed in the back room of his generic antidepressants drugstore.  After Jim’s death, his family donated his collection to the county and the museum opened in 1957.  Since then, residents of Buffalo, Johnson County, Wyoming, and other states have generously donated hundreds of items and the collection continues to grow.

The museum allows qualified researchers appropriate access to the art, archives, and artifacts. Access to the collection is by appointment only, generally two weeks in advance. A museum staff member must be present during the researcher’s visit. Research requests in person or by letter, telephone, or email are welcome.  ResearchRequest.pdf