D. Claudia Thompson

D. Claudia Thompson is an archivist at the American Heritage Center, University of Wyoming. She has prepared the papers of judges, journalists, aviators, actors, musicians, miners, and missionaries. Most of her published work can be found in the form of finding aids. However, she has also written for Annals of Wyoming, Montana: the Magazine of Western History, and American Archivist. She received an M.A. in Librarianship from the University of Denver in 1978, specializing in archives management.

In 1871, Amalia Post of Cheyenne, Wyoming Territory, became one of the first women to serve on a jury in the United States. Soon, she began advocating for women’s rights on a national level. She was an independent businesswoman from the time her first husband abandoned her in Denver in the early 1860s, through her marriage to her second husband, Cheyenne banker and politician Morton Post and up to the time of her death in 1897.