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Guide to the Frank C. Emerson Collection

Identifier: H76-15

Scope and Content

The bulk of the collection consists of correspondence related to Emerson’s work as an engineer and to his candidacy for governor. Some personal matters are also referenced. Miscellaneous papers at the end of the collection include information on irrigation projects, records related to the Republican party and elections, event programs, election results, congratulatory telegrams, a 1910 wedding announcement for the Emersons, and other items. A folder listing is included at the beginning of the collection.


  • 1908-1930
  • Majority of material found in 1919-1930


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Access Restrictions

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 Note

Frank C. Emerson was born in 1882 in Saginaw, Michigan. He attended schools there and later went to the University of Michigan, where he earned a degree in civil engineering. Not long after leaving the University, he moved to Cora, Wyoming and entered the mercantile business, an endeavor that supported him while his professional career developed. After two years Emerson achieved the position of Assistant State Engineer and placed in charge of the location of canals on the Shoshone Indian Reservation. Later he was named the chief engineer for the Wyoming Land and Irrigation Company.

In 1919 Emerson was appointed State Engineer. One of the major accomplishments of his time as State Engineer was the ratification of the Colorado River Compact. This boosted his political prominence and he became the Republican candidate for governor in 1926. He defeated Nellie Tayloe Ross for the office. He was re-elected in 1930, but died a short time into his second term on February 8, 1931.


1 cubic feet


Correspondence related to Emerson’s work as an engineer and to his candidacy for governor.


Correspondence is chronological

Acquisition Information

Donated by Mary Emerson in 1976.

Related Material

RG0001.25, Governor Frank C. Emerson papers, Wyoming State Archives.

00043, Frank C. Emerson papers, American Heritage Center, University of Wyoming.

RG0037, Wyoming State Engineer Records, Wyoming State Archives.

Processing Information

Finding aid prepared in 2007 by Curtis Greubel.

Guide to the Frank C. Emerson Collection, 1908, 1919-1930
Edited Full Draft
Suzi Taylor
© 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

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