Skip to main content

Guide to the Governor James E. Geringer records

Identifier: RG0001.40

Scope and Content

Correspondence and record series primarily subject files ranging from state and federal agency correspondence, to appointment records, water and environment files, Indian affairs, and expense records.


  • Majority of material found within 1995-2003
  • 1988-2003


Language of Materials


Access Restrictions

Access to some state institutional records, some e-mail messages and Theresa Owens file may be restricted. Generally, there are no access restrictions on the materials for research purposes, and the remainder of the collection is open to the public.

Copyright Information

The researcher assumes full responsibility for observing all copyright, property, and libel laws as they apply.


James E. Geringer was born in Wheatland, Wyoming on April 24, 1944. He was raised on the family farm and graduated from Wheatland High School. Jim earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Kansas State University in 1967. During the same year he married Sherri and was commissioned as an officer in the Air Force, assigned to space development programs in California. In 1977 Jim chose to give up a promising career in the Air Force to take up farming and raise his family in Wyoming. After a stint at the Missouri Basin Power Project's Laramie River Station from 1977 to 1979, he went into farming and cattle feeding full time. By 1984 the Geringers had purchased their own farm. Jim has participated in community service organizations such as the Farm Bureau, Farmer's Union, Rotary, Lions, Ducks Unlimited, Pheasants Forever, National Federation of Independent Business, Chamber of Commerce, and the American Legion. He also continued his military service, receiving several reserve commission assignments. The Geringers are also active members of the Lutheran Church. Jim was first elected to the Wyoming Legislature in 1982, and served six years in each house before taking office as Governor of Wyoming in 1995. Governor Geringer was chairman of the Western Governors' Association and the Education Commission of the States. He also served on John Glenn's National Commission on Mathematics and Science Teaching for the 21st Century, the National Commission on Service-Learning, and on the Goals 2000 panel.


175 cubic feet (175 boxes)


Records of James E. Geringer's two terms as Governor of Wyoming from 1995-2003. Notable issues include water and environmental issues, energy, Indian affairs, and state and federal agency correspondence, and expense records.

Arrangement of the Collection

The collection is divided into two series covering Geringer's first and second terms in office.

Acquisition Information

Records were transferred in multiple groups from 1995 through 2003.

Related Materials

There are no known other archival collections created by James Geringer at the date of processing.

Processing Information

The collection was processed by Carl Hallberg.

Guide to the Governor James E. Geringer records, 1995-2003
Edited Full Draft
Processed by Carl Hallberg
Language of description
Script of description
Code for undetermined script
Language of description note
Finding aid is in English

Repository Details

Part of the Wyoming State Archives, Wyoming Cultural Resources Division, Wyoming Department of State Parks & Cultural Resources Repository

Barrett Building
2301 Central Avenue
Cheyenne Wyoming 82002 United States
(307) 777-7826