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MS 521 - Winninger Family Photo Collection

 Collection — Box: MS521.01
Identifier: MS 521

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of scans of photographs that depict ranching life on the YU Ranch during the early and mid 20th century. There is also a photograph of the YU Ranch before the main house was built on it. The collection also consists of a leather covered photo album that has pictures of the family's life as well as ranching life and tourism in Wyoming during the early and mid 20th century.


  • Created: 1920-1929
  • Other: Majority of material found in 1920-1929
  • Other: Date acquired: 03/26/2009


Conditions Governing Access

McCracken Library staff may determine use restrictions dependent on the physical condition of manuscript materials.  Restrictions may exist on reproduction, quotation or publication. Contact McCracken Research Library for more information

Biographical or Historical Information

The Winninger Family was made up of Joseph Winninger, Mabel Buell Winninger and their four children, John Joseph "Jack" Winninger, Farris Winninger, Betty Winninger, and Ruth Winninger. Jack was born in 1926 and the oldest of the four children. Jack and his wife JoAnn were the donors of this collection. The YU Ranch (or the upside down Y U ranch) on the Greybull River was a sheep ranch between Joseph Winninger and his partner, John O. Eychaner. During the Great Depression they split the ranch and Joseph got the northern part. In the late 1930s they also began ranching cattle. Joseph Winninger passed away in 1943. Albert Baldwin was the manager for the ranch and took many of the photos in the collection.

Note written by John Joseph "Jack" Winninger


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Language of Materials



The collection consists of photographs of the Winninger family and the YU Ranch on the Greybull River during the years 1920 to 1940. The Winninger family was made up of Joseph Winninger, Mabel Buell Winninger and their four kids. John Joseph "Jack" Winninger was the oldest, born in 1926, and the donor of the collection with his wife JoAnn Winninger. The YU Ranch was primarily a sheep ranch, and in the late 30s also became a cattle ranch.

Arrangement Note

The collection is arranged in the oversize box with the folder containing the picture of the original YU ranch on top, the scans in the next folder, and finally the photograph album on the bottom.

Source of Acquisition

JoAnn Winninger and John Joseph "Jack" Winninger

Method of Acquisition

This collection was a donation from JoAnn and Jack Winninger.

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Repository Details

Part of the McCracken Research Library Repository

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