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Guide to the Governor Milward L. Simpson records

Identifier: RG0001.33

Scope and Content

Correspondence and record series primarily subject files ranging from state and federal agency correspondence, to appointment records, water compact and water right files, expense records and Simpson's memorial service.


  • 1955-1959, 1993


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Access Restrictions

Access to some state institutional records 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.

Biographical Note

Milward L. Simpson was born in Jackson, Wyoming on November 12, 1897 and reared on the Wind River Indian Reservation. His Wyoming heritage ran deep as both of Simpson's grandfathers were early settlers of Wyoming. Simpson attended the University of Wyoming and was the first graduate to become Governor of the state. He financed his way through Harvard Law School by working a variety of jobs and after graduation started a law practice in Cody. The new lawyer soon became active in politics and was elected to the Wyoming House of Representatives from Hot Springs County, completing one term from 1927 to 1929. Simpson also served on the University of Wyoming Board of Trustees from 1939 until 1954 when he was elected Governor. Governor Simpson's term was from January 1955 to January 1959. After completing his term as Governor, Simpson successfully ran for the U.S. Senate in 1962 and served one term. Milward L. Simpson died June 11, 1993.


6 cubic feet (6 boxes)


Records of Milward L. Simpson'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 and federal agency correspondence, and government expense records.

Arrangement of the Collection

The collection is divided into three subgroups including: Subject Files, Appointments, and Memorial/Funeral Service Records

Acquisition Information

MA 702 transferred January 3, 1975, and MA 2115 transferred September 8, 1965

Related Materials

Researchers should also consult Simpson records at the University of Wyoming's American Heritage Center.

Processing Information

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

Guide to the Governor Milward L. Simpson records, 1955-1959
Edited Full Draft
Processed by Curtis Greubel, Carl Hallberg, Tone Mendoza and Mary Ann Muniz
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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

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