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Guide to the Wyoming State Board of Architects Records

Identifier: RG0012

Scope and Contents

Collection ranges from administrative records such as correspondence, ledgers and minutes to records regarding the certification and exams taken by licensed architects.


  • 1951-1991

Language of Materials


Access Restrictions

With the exception of the examination records, the collection is open for research.

Copy Restrictions

Limited duplication of print materials allowed for research purposes. User is responsible for all copyright compliance.

Biographical / Historical

The Wyoming State Board of Architects was created in 1951. The purpose of the Board was to provide for the licensing of practicing architects in the state. The act stated that the Board would be composed of three architects, gubernatorial appointees, who exhibited "integrity and ability," were residents of Wyoming, and had practiced architecture in the state continuously for at least three years. The Board was given the authority to "administer oaths of office, take affidavits, summon witnesses, and take testimony," as well as to "adopt rules and regulations as are proper and necessary for the performance of its duties." The creating law also authorized the Board to refuse to grant a license, or to revoke a license, if it discovered that "fraud or deception" was evident in the application for licensure or in the examination process. The applicant, or licensee in question was given the right to a hearing before the Board, with representation by legal counsel, if desired. All licensing decisions of the Board were subject to review by the district court in the county where the applicant, or licensee, resided. The law required re-certification of architects every two years, and gave the Board discretionary authority to allow architects licensed in other states, under laws similar to Wyoming law, to practice in Wyoming without examination. The 1951 law was substantially revised in 1971. There were two significant changes. One was that the Board was required to hold an initial hearing on any "granting, denial, renewal, revocation, suspension or withdrawal of a license before taking action on the license in a regular meeting." The applicant, or licensee, had to be notified of the hearing, and retained the right of judicial review. The second change authorized the Board of Architects to adopt the guidelines and examinations of the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards in the licensing of Wyoming architects. Under the 1990 state government reorganization plan, the Board was placed under the Department of Commerce. However, it continued to function independently in supervising the licensure of architects in Wyoming. In 1991 the Board’s title was expanded to include landscape architects and membership was increased to five. In addition to three practicing architects, the Board would include a practicing landscape architect and a member of the public. The Board of Architects and Landscape Architects, along with many other licensing Boards, was placed under the Department of Administration and Information in 1999.


10 cubic feet

1 roll of microfilm


Wyoming State Board of Architecture administrative and licensing records.


The finding aid is split into two main subgroups, Administrative Records and Architect Records

Acquisition Information

The preliminary group of records were transferred to the Wyoming State Archives prior to August 10, 1989

Related Material

There are no other known collections by the Wyoming State Board of Architects at the writing of this finding aid.

Separated Material


Processing Information

The finding aid was last updated on February 22, 1998

Guide to the Wyoming State Board of Architect Records
Edited Full Draft
Holly Geist
© 2019
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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