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Guide to the Governor J.J. "Joe" Hickey records

Identifier: RG0001.34

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, and expense records.


  • 1959-1961


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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.

Biography of

Joseph J. Hickey, was born in Rawlins, Wyoming on August 22, 1911. His father died in 1914, so Hickey had to work to help support his family from a very young age. This resulted in Hickey holding a variety of jobs including newsboy, blacksmith apprentice, and theater usher. He continued his education while working and graduated from high school in 1929. Hickey attended the University of Wyoming and after graduating from the law school in 1934, immediately opened a law practice in Rawlins. The future Governor was soon deeply active in politics. He served as City Treasurer for five years and was elected County Attorney in 1938, resigning to join the army in 1942. After World War II, Hickey was again elected County Attorney. He was elected Governor and served two years before resigning in January 1961 to fill the U.S. Senate seat vacated by the death of Senator Elect Keith Thomson. Joseph J. Hickey died in September 1970.


21 cubic feet (21 boxes)


Records of Joe Hickey'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, appointment files and government expense records.

Arrangement of the Collection

The collection is divided into two subgroups including: Subject Files, and Appointments

Acquisition Information

MA 8936 transferred April 25, 1979, MA 2115 transferred September 8, 1965

Related Materials

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

Processing Information

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

Guide to the Governor J.J. "Joe" Hickey records, 1959-1961
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Processed by Carl Hallberg, Tone Mendoza and Mary Ann Muniz
"©" 2015
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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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