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Guide to the Governor Frank A. Barrett records

Identifier: RG0001.31

Scope and Content

Administrative records, primarily subject files ranging from state agency correspondence, to water compact and water right files, federal government correspondence, expense records, and U.S. senatorial correspondence.


  • 1951-1953


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Access Restrictions

Access to some state institutional records may be restricted. Otherwise, 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.

Biography of

Frank A. Barrett, was born in Omaha, Nebraska on November 10,1892. He earned a Bachelor of Science and a LLB (law degree) from Creighton University. During World War I Barrett enlisted in the Balloon Corps of United States Army for a two year enlistment. After World War I he returned to practice law in Lusk, Wyoming. He also joined a partnership that operated a large sheep and cattle ranch. Barrett was the county attorney for Niobrara County and then was elected to the State Senate and served from 1933 to 1935. After his term in the Wyoming State Senate, Barrett served on the Board of Trustees for the University of Wyoming. He ran for Congress and was elected on the Republican ticket as Wyoming's sole Congressman from 1943 to 1950. In 1951 Barrett was elected Governor and served two years until he was elected to the U.S. Senate. He served one term as Senator from 1953 to 1959. The Barrett Building is named for Governor Barrett. Frank A. Barrett died May 30, 1962.


3 cubic feet (3 boxes)


Records of Frank A. Barrett's term as Governor of Wyoming feature the usual topics associated with the office. Notable issues include water compact commission and water project records, state agency and federal agency correspondence, and government expense records .

Arrangement of the Collection

The collection is divided into two subgroups including: Administrative Records, and Senator Barrett records

Acquisition Information

MA 346, transferred to Wyoming State Archives on April 6, 1957

Related Materials

Researchers should also consult Barrett's U.S. Senatorial Subject Files at the University of Wyoming's American Heritage Center.

Processing Information

The collection was processed by Carl Hallberg, Mary Ann Muniz, and Tone Mendoza

Guide to the Governor Frank A. Barrett records, 1951-1953
Edited Full Draft
Processed by Carl Hallberg, Mary Ann Muniz, and Tone Mendoza
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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