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Guide to the Governor Michael J. Sullivan records

Identifier: RG0001.39

Scope and Content

Correspondence and record series primarily subject files ranging from state and federal agency correspondence, to State Planning Coordinator files, appointment records, water compact and water right files, MX Missile files, state government reorganization, Mark Hopkinson files, environmental and expense records.


  • 1986-1994


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Access Restrictions

Access to some state institutional records and personnel files 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

Michael J. Sullivan was born in Omaha, Nebraska on September 22, 1939. His father, J. B. Sullivan moved the family to Douglas, Wyoming and opened a law practice. Mike Sullivan attended school there, graduating from Converse County High School as the class salutatorian. He continued his education at the University of Wyoming by picking up a BS in Petroleum Engineering and a law degree. Sullivan practiced law with the firm of Brown, Drew, Apostolos, Massey, and Sullivan for twenty years and then ran for Governor in 1986. Governor Sullivan won the election and took office on January 7, 1987. He was reelected for a second term and served until January 7, 1995. The former Governor continues to be active in the Democratic Party and was recently appointed United States Ambassador to Ireland by President Clinton.


75 cubic feet : 75 boxes


Records of Michael J. Sullivan's term as Governor of Wyoming feature the usual topics associated with the office. Notable issues include water compact commission and water project records, MX missile correspondence, state agency reorganization, Mark Hopkinson files, alternative energy sources, state and federal agency correspondence, and government expense records.

Arrangement of the Collection

The collection is divided into Two series including: First Term, and Second Term

Acquisition Information

Records were transferred in multiple groups from 1988 through 1996

Related Materials

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

Processing Information

The collection was processed by Wyoming State Archives staff

Guide to the Governor Michael J. Sullivan records,1986-1994
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Processed by Wyoming State Archives staff
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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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Cheyenne Wyoming 82002 United States
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